October 9, 2009

*This article was written while on a weekend break, but news of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the U.S. President was too good to ignore for three days.  One can't just take time off and ignore an award granted to THE MESSIAH!

President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.

Many observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the February 1 nomination deadline and has yet to yield concrete achievements in peacemaking.

Despite being in office only 12 days before the nomination deadline, the world has been so smitten with Barack Obama and "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."  Specifically, Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee citing his "outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation."

Some around the world objected to the choice of Obama, who still oversees wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has launched deadly counter-terror strikes in Pakistan and Somalia.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee countered that it was trying "to promote what he stands for and the positive processes that have started now." It lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama's calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change.

The peace prize was created partly to encourage ongoing peace efforts but Obama's efforts are at far earlier stages than past winners'. The Nobel committee acknowledged that they may not bear fruit at all.

Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said that Obama "got the prize because he has been able to change the international climate. Some people say, and I understand it, isn't it premature? Too early? Well, I'd say then that it could be too late to respond three years from now. It is now that we have the opportunity to respond - all of us."

The selection to some extent reflects a trans-Atlantic divergence on Obama. In Europe and much of the world he is lionized for bringing the United States closer to mainstream global thinking on issues like climate change and multilateralism. At home, the picture is more complicated. As president, Obama is often criticized as he attempts to carry out his agenda - drawing fire over a host of issues from government spending to health care to the conduct of the war in Afghanistan.

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele contended that Obama won the prize as a result of his "star power" rather than meaningful accomplishments. Steele noted that the "real question Americans are asking is, 'What has President Obama actually accomplished?'"

Obama's election and foreign policy moves caused a dramatic improvement in the image of the U.S. around the world. A 25-nation poll of 27,000 people released in July by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found double-digit boosts to the percentage of people viewing the U.S. favorably in countries around the world. That indicator had plunged across the world under President George W. Bush.

Jagland said, "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has made no secret of his admiration for Obama, called the decision the embodiment of the "return of America into the hearts of the people of the world."

Obama mesmerized voters and leaders from other countries on the campaign trail, He has apologized for the U.S. and its standing as the only super power, preserving democracy as far as it reaches. And at home, now, he is polarizing the citizens of this country over what amounts to be the imposition of socialism and the eradication of capitalism.

That seems to be the key to winning a Nobel in peace - Mezmerize, apologize and polarize.

Obama joins only two other US presidents who won the prize during their time in the White House--Theodore Roosevelt for fostering peace between Russia and Japan, and Woodrow Wilson for founding the League of Nations.  Jimmy Carter won the prize in 2002 for his "effort" on behalf of peace. 

Awarding the Peace Prize so early in Obama's presidency, and without one notable accomplishment toward peace on the record thus far, is nothing less than a mockery!  Not only is this award INCREDIBLY premature, but also pretty inappropriate. Teddy Roosevelt ended the Russo-Japanese War and received the prize, and Obama... what?  Gave a speech in Cairo? 

Obama beat out "Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a Colombian senator and a Chinese dissident, along with an Afghan woman's rights activist." 

I know we're at war right now and that war is bad, but I would just like to point out this bit of irony: if it hadn't been for "the evil one," President George W. Bush, and the U.S. military's efforts in ridding Afghanistan of the Taliban's tyrannical rule, I'd imagine there would be no "Afghan woman's rights activist" around today to even be considered for this award.  Or if there were many women's rights activists around during the days of the Taliban, they were probably most concerned with avoiding public floggings for not wearing their burqas properly--a staple of the Taliban's consolidation of power under Sharia law. 

But thank goodness for Barack Obama--whose new policy for Afghanistan might include allowing this same Taliban organization back into power in regions across the country! 

The Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage. The plaudit appeared to be a slap at President Geroge W. Bush from a committee that harshly criticized Obama's predecessor for resorting to largely unilateral military action in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Rather than recognizing concrete achievement, the 2009 prize appeared intended to support initiatives that have yet to bear fruit: reducing the world stock of nuclear arms, easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. role in combating climate change.

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee said. "In the past year Obama has been a key person for important initiatives in the U.N. for nuclear disarmament and to set a completely new agenda for the Muslim world and East-West relations."

So correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't this essentially mean Obama received this award for making some good speeches?  Sure nothing he says has actually been accomplished, but it all sounds good!

Sure the Nobel Prize lost a lot of luster after they awarded one to Al Gore, but c'mon!  This is just more evidence the "messiah" mentality has reached the world stage...

On a side note, it is ironic that I just finished a series of articles debunking dispensational pre-millennialism. Using their hermeneutic and theology, I could very strongly make the case that Barack Obama IS the Anti-Christ! But alas, I digress, so please pay no attention to that last statement!

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