Harleigh Kyson Jr. continues the Obama Nobel Peace Prize conversation.

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Here is a news story from the Voice of America on the decision of the Nobel Committee to give the 1909 Peace Prize to Obama:

In Washington, Barack Obama reacted to the decision of the Nobel Committee to award him the Nobel Peace expressing his “surprise” and “profound humility”.

“I do not consider this award as recognition of works that I have done, the American president said, “but I accept it as a call to action.”

The Nobel committee’s decision is a surprise, even for the White House, where the political adviser to Barack Obama, David Axelrod, said he was “shocked” and pointed out that Barack Obama was not a candidate for the Nobel Prize.

Barack Obama is the fourth U.S. president to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, but each of his predecessors had concrete results to evaluate.

The latest one, Jimmy Carter, had forged the peace accords at Camp David in 1978 between Egypt and Israel.

In 1919, Woodrow Wilson had been hailed by the Nobel because he founded the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.

In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt had received the Nobel Peace Prize for having negotiated the peace agreement between Japan and Russia the previous year.

In its statement, the Nobel committee explains that Barack Obama has created a “new climate” in the international arena and made “extraordinary efforts to strengthen diplomacy and cooperation among the peoples of the world.”

After reading this, I have come to the conclusion that the Nobel Committee wanted to praise Obama for, among other things, taking a measured stance in the removal of Zelaya from the presidency of Nicaragua.

They also wanted to demonstrate that the international community holds him in very high regard with the hope that the prestige of the award will strengthen his political position at home.

They also did this in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Martin Luther King.

These were both good moves, while the moves to award the Peace Prize to Kissinger and Arafat turned out to be utterly stupid as history went on. (I guess this only proves that in trying to influence the course of history for the better, you win some and you lose some!)

I want to repeat that I myself hold Obama in very high regard. He is obviously very intelligent and has a good grasp of domestic and foreign affairs and political processes both at home and abroad. With a little luck, he may eventually turn out to be one of our greatest presidents!

(I am also ecstatically happy that I have lived long enough to see an African American occupy the presidency! I really hope that eventually Obama reaches the rank of Franklin Roosevelt!)

Harleigh Kyson Jr.

Here is a news story from the Voice of America on the decision of the Nobel Committee to give the 1909 Peace Prize to Obama: In Washington, Barack Obama reacted to the decision of the Nobel Committee to award him the Nobel Peace expressing his “surprise” and “profound humility”. “I do not consider this award as recognition of works that I have done, the American president said, “but I accept it as a call to action.” The Nobel committee’s decision is a surprise, even for the White House, where the political adviser to Barack Obama, David Axelrod, said he was “shocked” and pointed out that Barack Obama was not a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Barack Obama is the fourth U.S. president to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, but each of his predecessors had concrete results to evaluate. The latest one, Jimmy Carter, had forged the peace accords at Camp David in 1978 between Egypt and Israel. In 1919, Woodrow Wilson had been hailed by the Nobel because he founded the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt had received the Nobel Peace Prize for having negotiated the peace agreement between Japan and Russia the previous year. In its statement, the Nobel committee explains that Barack Obama has created a “new climate” in the international arena and made “extraordinary efforts to strengthen diplomacy and cooperation among the peoples of the world.” — After reading this, I have come to the conclusion that the Nobel Committee wanted to praise Obama for, among other things, taking a measured stance in the removal of Zelaya from the presidency of Nicaragua. They also wanted to demonstrate that the international community holds him in very high regard with the hope that the prestige of the award will strengthen his political position at home. They also did this in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Martin Luther King. These were both good moves, while the moves to award the Peace Prize to Kissinger and Arafat turned out to be utterly stupid as history went on. (I guess this only proves that in trying to influence the course of history for the better, you win some and you lose some!) I want to repeat that I myself hold Obama in very high regard. He is obviously very intelligent and has a good grasp of domestic and foreign affairs and political processes both at home and abroad. With a little luck, he may eventually turn out to be one of our greatest presidents! (I am also ecstatically happy that I have lived long enough to see an African American occupy the presidency! I really hope that eventually Obama reaches the rank of Franklin Roosevelt!) Harleigh Kyson Jr. hkyson@gmail.com
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Harleigh Kyson Jr.
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71.108.29.35

As you noted, the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to Henry Kissinger, who came close to being arrested for war crimes on a trip he made to the United Kingdom quite a bit later on.

The Nobel Committee also awarded the Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat. Later on, I am quite sure, they came to regret this.

Harleigh Kyson Jr.

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