Obama wins Nobel Prize for Peace

Posted: October 10, 2009 in politics
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I wondered when I came to know that US President Barack Obama has won Nobel Prize for Peace. I wonder if the award is more about the promise of change than actual change.

“I am the commander-in-chief of a country that’s responsible for ending a war and working in another theater to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies,” Obama, the fourth US President to win the Nobel, said.

Will the award create more jobs in the US? Will it fetch Republican votes on Capitol Hill for Obama’s health care push? Will he accept the prize or give it back until he has achieved real world peace? After all, any award is meant for accomplishments and not for intentions.

Ironically, the award was announced on the same day that Obama met with his war council yet again to consider sending up to 40,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. Not, only that, how can people forget the US (NASA)’s attempt to crash a probe into the lunar surface a few hours after Obama’s win? It is nothing but a prize for a promise.

On the contrast, Greg Mortenson, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, whom the bookies gave 20-to-1 odds of winning! Son of a missionary, a former Army medic and mountaineer, Mortenson has made it his mission to build schools for girls in places where opium dealers and tribal warlords kill people for trying. His Central Asia Institute has built over 130 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His mission has inspired millions of people to view the protection and education of girls as a key to peace and prosperity and progress.

The prize may give Obama more power to haul unruly nations. But peacemaking is more about ingenuity than inspiration, about reading other nations’ selfish interests and strategically exploiting them for the common good.

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