The Peace Prize

Well, we all know what the top political story of the day will be today.

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.  In the citation, the Nobel Committee stated, “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. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.” The committee went on to say, “Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.

As one would expect, leaders of our allied countries were quick to congratulate the President.  Italian President Silvio Berlusconi commented that his cabinet had “applauded vigorously” on the announcement. “An award well-deserved” was the comment from Gloria Arroyo, president of the Philippines. [2] Past Nobel Prize winner, Desmond Tutu of South Africa, stated that the prize is a “wonderful recognition of Obama’s effort to reach out to the Arab world after years of hostility.

Of course, not all of the responses were praise. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri stated “Obama only made promises and did not contribute any substance to world peace. And he has not done anything to ensure justice for the sake of Arab and Muslim causes.” [1]. The militant leader of Islamic Jihad, Khaled Al-Batsh condemned the award asserting that it “shows these prizes are political, not governed by the principles of credibility, values and morals.

I wonder who conservatives will sound more like today, our allies or Islamic Jihad?





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3 Responses to “The Peace Prize”

  1. Thor Says:

    I really can’t believe you posted this.

    You cherry picked comments and framed critique as symapthetic with the views of the likes of Hamas et al.

    I would expect this from Media Matters, MoveOn, KOS, etc….

    Not you

    • Gary Murphy Says:

      You are absolutely right. It is snarkier than most of my posts, and I did cherry-pick quotes. It was a result of frustrations with the conservatives that anything good for Obama is bad for them (and by extension, America). They rejoiced at the loss of the Olympic bid for Chicago, for example. I don’t think Republicans are being honest in their current role of “loyal opposition”, so I shot back.

  2. Thor Says:

    Thank you. I look forward the debating the ‘noise’ that this award has caused, albiet, I really don’t think it’s that worthy a subject to be honest with you.

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