President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. By awarding Obama that prize, the Nobel committee has placed Obama in the same category as Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and the late terrorist Yassir Arafat. We could not agree more.
Nobel prizes are won for achievement, supposedly, in the arts, sciences and diplomacy. But the only diplomacy the committee rewards is that which weakens and demeans America. According to a New York Times report, the Nobel award cites Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
The Nobelistas, according to that same report, also cite “Obama’s effort to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenal. ‘He has created a new international climate,’ the committee said.”
In 2002, they cited Jimmy Carter for, “untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” But Carter has produced no solution to any international conflict. His efforts have failed to advance democracy or human rights — measurably — anywhere in the world. And where — outside the houses Carter has built — has he advanced economic or social development?
By these standards, Barack Obama is a success.
Five years later, Al Gore’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was given for his work on global warming. It said, he was “probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.” It was nothing more than a political rebuke to President Bush. And it occurred in the eighth year of global cooling since 1998.
Again, Gore compares favorably to Obama whose words have promoted measures to strangle the American economy and are — apparently since Obama learned to speak — a continuous alliteration of Bush rebukes.
In 1994, terrorist chieftain Yassir Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Israeli statesmen Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, "for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East" surrounding the Oslo Peace Accords that established the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza.
Of course Arafat — who would go to New York and preach peace in English — would return to Jerusalem and shout his constant refrain (“To Jerusalem we are going as martyrs in the millions”) in Arabic. I am unable to find a single reference to his saying that in English.
Obama — by his rejectionist approach to Israel, his “open hand” appeasement of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, his coming rejection of General McChrystal’s request for 40,000 more troops for Afghanistan, and his utterly inept approach to foreign policy — can meet the Arafat-Carter-Gore standard easily.
Congratulations, Mr. President. You stand on the shoulders of three who have done much to harm America and reduce its influence and standing in the world. Their trio is now a quartet.