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Obama's Peace Prize

I was rather surprised and skeptical too. But see http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/10/obamas-prize-for-peace.html

* Non-proliferation work (he had a life before the Presidency)
* EPA regulating CO2 as a pollutant (Al Gore and the IPCC were previous winners.)
* Elevating diplomacy over military action, respecting the UN
* Stopping our torture programs

And while Obama himself would never bring this up, being a black man elected President in the US counts for a lot by itself. And not just among American blacks, a whole of the rest of the world's majority peoples went "!!!" The "leader of the free world" is no longer just white dudes. Given that the point is to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses it's not such a bad fit: worked to reduce nukes, promoted the UN, promoting fraternity by being himself at this time.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/011728.html#374066
is a bit interesting too.

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mindstalk
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
pompe
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Maybe the jolly neighbours the Norwegians should have waited until after the Copenhagen Summit before handing Obama the Prize.
dogofjustice
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Giving Obama the Prize, not ridiculous.

Giving it to him now, as opposed to after we've had some time to see how effective his foreign policy is, though...

To his credit, Obama himself appears to have had something of a WTF reaction as well.
martianmooncrab
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
bbeing a black man

when the subject of race comes up about Obama, I like to point out that he is half White, I dont hear a lot of folks bemoaning that.
mlc23
Oct. 9th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Heard elsewhere: the irony of giving the peace prize to a president prosecuting two wars. Obviously inherited wars, but...
foibos
Oct. 10th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
He does plan to escalate the war in Afganistan, though.
foibos
Oct. 10th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)

* Elevating diplomacy over military action, respecting the UN

This is of course an improvement over his predecessor's policies, but he doesn't really deserve this kind of recognition for simply behaving as a leader of a civilized country should.

* Stopping our torture programs

Oh really?
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