The President of the United States accepted the Nobel peace Prize today……
And with his acceptance he acknowledged the people who wonder how could a President, who is the Commander-in-Chief of a country that is in fighting conflicts all over the planet, get the award for ‘Peace’?
The president went right back at them…Acknowledging that ….”We will not eradicate violet conflict in out life times”….
…He also went on to say this….“I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people,” said Obama, adding it is difficult to reconcile the peace prize in an age of global terrorism.
He said sometimes the use of force is necessary.
“A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms.”
A long time ago I was a student at Brooklyn College in New York…..I took a course on ‘War’ given by an East European by the name of Bela’ Kirali (the last name is probably not spelled correctly)…he was a big guy…..Robust…with silver hair……I will never for get some of things the professor said…..
‘War’,’he said…. ‘was natural for human beings’….He looked at us in class (this was in the late 1960’s ….Viet Nam Time)…he informed us…’you can count the years when there was no war anywhere in the world, on your fingers’……’man is an aggressive animal…remember that’…….
And he was right….Though there where demonsrtations on campus…and shootings at Kent State….We still live with war in foreign lands…..
President Obama received the Prize because the committee wanted to commend him for NOT being George Bush…..
But for embracing diplomacy….for his efforts to repair the U.S. image abroad, by adhering to the Geneva convention, and trying to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba……and for his call for a world free of nuclear weapons…..
The award was for a hope for a better world….and I cannot blame then for dreaming, and pushing this President to reach for these goals……Share on Facebook