Great comment about Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize by Dan Middleton

Dear friend and cogent thinker and writer Dan Middleton just offered this terrific comment:

 

Like everyone else on Friday morning of last week, I was initially incredulous at the announcement of President Obama’s recognition as the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

 

Sometimes a news event of great magnitude seems so initially peculiar–or in the case of national tragedies like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, terrifyingly disturbing–that all we can do is watch it unfold and try to comprehend what is initially incomprehensible. In the case of the prize, I was stunned because it seemed so implausible and I understood some of the skepticism (“…but what has he done?…or, “hey, I love the guy….but…come on!”).

 

But as I thought about it for a bit and reflected on what others were saying, and after reading the content of the Nobel committee’s citation, it all made sense. Indeed, I thought it a canny choice, not because of the meme some on the Right are pushing (i.e., that Europe is trying to emasculate America’s ability to be the dominant global power), but as a political mechanism to welcome America back to the interconnected place the world has become.

President Obama understands hard power and is debating with the military industrial complex and his own conscious about how to use it wisely in Afghanistan and Pakistan (I don’t envy him; it is one hell of a problem).

 

But he also understands the great importance and great potential of soft power in the 21st Century. Technology and more equitable distributions of economic opportunity, particularly in Brazil, East Asia, and India have diminished the US/Eurocentric financial and military dominance which defined international relations in the 20th century. The G-8 is now the G-20, Lulu is a global player, the Chinese are inexorably moving ahead. America has no choice but participate in meaningful ways as the community of nations struggle with age old enmities and new challenges, global warming being the most paramount.

 

President Obama is practical and unsentimental, but also deeply moral. His multicultural upbringing and life story of a somewhat lonely dark skinned man seeking an identity, a niche, gives him a perspective no other US president has had. He realizes that as intractible as the world’s problems can seem, the moral path to greater human liberty must be attempted multilaterally because what one human does inevitably affects another (as he has said repeatedly, “We are all our brothers and sisters keepers…who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect”). I think this prize reflects the Nobel Committee’s recognition that President Obama’s unique life story and his unique role as President of the United States make him not just a symbol of multinational problem solving and the never ending quest for greater justice, but a true standard bearer as we continue into the future.

 

War is not over and will never entirely end, suffering and injustice is not over and will never entirely end, but humankind must persist in our striving for better days ahead.

 

Despite his political caution which can exasperate even his strongest supporters, President Obama has an extremely rare ability to inspire and give people around the world the hope to aspire. His detractors say it’s just pretty speech making, as ephemeral as a wisp of perfume in the air. I disagree. If President Obama keeps emphasizing multilateral problem solving, science, and human justice, (which he undoubtedly will for the rest of life) his achievements will not just be aspirational, but tangible.

 

It is a difficult journey that is just beginning, and like any difficult journey there will be setbacks and even contradictions. After all, America is now active in two theaters of war. But this prize is about the future and what may become. It is about a gifted leader who can urge and help fashion collective responses to collective problems.

I am proud of my President and happy for my country.

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7 responses to “Great comment about Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize by Dan Middleton

  1. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    i wish i could eat the same blue pill like you, it seems so nice to live inside Disneyland. who are you? mickey the one with white gloves or goofy? well white gloves i have too you see.. luminescent till 12 when i found out the missing parts up to inspection and far above by myself. when i understood … you’d better get on the boxing gloves because this Disneyworld is not what it pretends to be or might as well say it is much to much what it says it is. lol. so whatever size your gloves are it s not a reason to be blinded by the Celtic magic stick for the eternity. of course if we re talking about goofy then okidoki, understand; but it says “great comment” at the beginning so what s the problem? i assume looking at the text it sounds more like i m talking with 0 that 1 ain’t it?

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for your latest set of comments. I always enjoy reading what you have to say. I myself found the comment by Dan Middleton insightful, thorough and penetrating. It sounds like you had a different view!

      Jeff

  2. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    just because you thing you know but if you could see, believe me or not but it would be a new world for you . born again…
    and i repeat again, untill you study numbers and words, you thing you know but you do not.
    let me quote 3 HOLLY WOOD (eg BO from BO TREE obama dog – you see WOOD can be HOLLY just because you are ignorant and wand to stay) ? movies:
    antitrust: ” it is binaray, you are 1 or 0 , alive or or dead. stop thinking like a lawyer ( meaning any kind of job you learn and reapeat) and show me so creativity”

    the man who knew too little : ” my whole life passed before my eyes, and at the end of the day….” 2nd character responds: “well maybe you fell better if you could see this tape”

    gremlins 1 ( 25 years…):
    starts with ” folks i’m gonna tell you the biggest story ever told..” ( never heard that before????)
    ends with: ” you teach him to watch television???!!! … what your society had done with all nature gift, you do not understand, you are not ready; TO hear one has only to listen . perhaps someday you ll be ready, until then, mogwaie will be waiting.
    well that ‘s the story so if your stuffs blows up before you call the repairman TURN ON ALL THE LIGHT ( = learn, use the brain) check all places, look under the bed becaus eyou never can tell, ther s just might be a gremlin in YOUR HOUSE.

    would you understand would you???

    i cant take any motion picture, always the SAME STORY. just change names time and situation and you do not understand .
    you don’t see.
    you have eyes .. but…

    TO hear one has only to listen . perhaps someday you ll be ready, until then, mogwaie will be waiting.

    SUN PYRAMID SNAKE CROWN. did you made the refrigerator test.????????? why not?
    dysney land heim , that s fine for me. i ‘m a i don t care as well for zeros. dead or alive?

  3. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    all u ve got to do his forget what you beleive to be true because it is ALL FAKE.
    I quote gremlins again: ” to hear one has only to listen”

    politic is not real, money is not real, all the stuff you buy are piece of shit you don t need but you are hypnotised by television and lies and you do not understand becuase you refuse to see and listen.
    Go and read you post “Columbus Day”, i made contract to be the slave of the fist guy who can answer the question. serious stuff.

    now if you understand you ve been fooled since day one on everything, you d better wake up because YOU ARE DEAD AND YOU ARE JUST SOMEBODY ELSE SLAVE.

    I quote gremlins again: ” to hear one has only to listen”

    it applies for any money , book (bible included) you read. it applies each second of you life. YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND NOTHING. EACH DAY IS THE SAME DAY. EACH MOVIE IS THE SAME MOVIE. ALWAYS THE SAME STORY JUST NAMES AND WORLDS ARE CHANCING AND YOU DO NO SEE IT.

    OBAMA is nothing but a puppet telling the same old story again and again and again; you don t even knwo what ELect means my goodness.

    WAKE THE F… UP

    GO NOW OPEN YOUR FRIDGE AND TELL ME HOW MANY PRODUCT YOU CAN SEE WITH A SUN SHOWING UP ON THE PICTURES LOGOS OR NAME? THIS IS ONE SAME CORPORATION DO YOU UNDERSTAND??????
    DYSNEY is part of it, worldpress is part of it ( sepent in the W and just by the name you should know), OBAMA i a symbol as well ( i sya it again, MALIA = SUN i gave you references, BO = SUN i gave it too, SASHA = ALEXANDER = code name like COLOMBUS. not real, same all story again and again and again ivne to you by old babylon school ( massonic white gloves of mickey) . SASHA = ALEXANDER = SUN

    i gave you all the speech like it is, and you are all making phrases, hell knows why.
    seat back, and look how it is please.
    WHY DONT YOU WANT TO SEE?
    DO THE FRIDGE EXPERIENCE.
    LOOK PYRAMIDS SNAKES SYMBOLS ( can be apple or example as well, do you understadn why??) CROWNS AND STARS SUN ALL AROUND YOU . CAN T YOU SEE IT IS ALL THE SAME??????????
    SAME STORY YOU NEVER UNDERSTAND?
    CAN T YOU SEE WHAT THEY DID TO YOU?
    the brotherhood of the snake, babylon mystery, the brotherhood of saturn etc etc etc

    wake up dead thing. what is the meaning of life???

    “Although the so-called ‘moral issues’ were raised, in view of the law of natural selection it was agreed that a nation or world of people who will not use their intelligence are no better than animals who do not have intelligence. Such people are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by choice and consent. “

    Beyond A Pale Horse
    william copper

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