When I heard the news that the 2009 Nobel Peace prize was to be awarded to US President Barack Hussein Obama, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. When it became clear I was not, I had to look at the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. No, it really was October 10th.
After finally coming to terms with the fact that I was not in the realm of Morpheus, nor was it April Fools’ Day, I was uncertain whether to laugh or cry. Alfred Nobel must be turning in his grave! By the terms of his will, the Peace Prize is to be awarded 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." Does anyone seriously believe that Obama meets this requirement???
What has the man achieved other than shuttling around the world posing for the cameras at international conferences which have failed to achieve anything whatsoever, calling for "meaningful dialogue" (whatever that may be)?
Has he brought peace to even one area of conflict? Has he had even the smallest modicum of success in persuading the Iranians to abandon their nuclear programme?
On second thoughts – maybe we should just be grateful the woolly-headed Norwegian Nobel Committee didn’t decide to award the prize to that noted humanitarian and lover of peace, Mahmoud Ahmedinajad. Oh well, there’s always next year…