History tells us that many men and women who have previously been awarded this most prestigious award, The Nobel Peace Prize, from Gandhi to recently Ahtisaari, have done extraordinary things to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize Award. However, one might even ask what did some of these, such as Al Gore, do to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize Award, just because he (Gore) has been an adamant critic and produced the film for the climate change?
How about Desmond Tutu, what did he do to deserve the Noble Peace Prize Award? Just because he rallied and marched on the streets, preaching and speaking up for the end of South African Apartheid rule? How about Martin Luther King Jr, who simply preached against violence and equal rights for all, and then he too was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? How about Maathai, the Kenyan Environmentalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for planting trees and speaking against the destruction of trees in Kenya? Finnish former president Ahtisaari won the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize simply for architecting the Namibian Independence?
What is it that you actually need to do and achieve in order to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? What about Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first and founding president, who has literally spent over 30 years, since 1960, fighting (some call it a bush war) against the Mighty South African Apartheid Armed Forces and literally caused to free Namibia in 1989? Which today, Namibia has become one of the only two most stable, both politically and economically, countries in Africa, the other one being Botswana, some of the only two countries in the world, where children are growing up without ever hearing the sound of a war gun or experience child labor exploitation? Does Nujoma deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? He didn’t do enough good for humanity?
For President Obama, the Nobel Peace Committee stated that the reason for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to him was for: “His initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and replace unilateral American action with international diplomacy and cooperation”.
Now, most of you are questioning Obama’s legitimacy for this prestigious award. Just like you have been and still questioning his legitimacy of his birth rights to be president of the United States. The nomination for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize were made just a few weeks, about two weeks, into Obama’s presidency, and now you are questioning what he did to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize Award?
Even if Obama wasn’t elected as President of the United States, he could have still been possibly nominated and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, simply for what he stands for and what he’s been proactively campaigning for, an end to unilateralism, and the beginning of working together to effective change on how the world perceives America, especially for the last 8 years of Bush’s international policies of “no negotiation”.
Most of you don’t travel around the world and experience the hatred sentiments of how some people, outside the US, feel about America. Some of you have never even left your hometown, or even crossed your state’s border, let alone have a passport and travel outside the US, to listen and hear the kind of talk from people who would trash the US policies, the kind of talk that makes you sick inside your stomach and there’s nothing you can do about it, simply because of the last 8 years of Bush’s policies of war first, and negotiate later, or may be not.
Obama’s message of hope that he has been preaching for the last 20 months is no different from what Gandhi, Mandela, Tutu, Gore, Ahtisaari, and other great Americans who have previously won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to effective change for peace and equality.
And seriousily; If Obama, when he became president of the United States, had continued on with Bush’s international diplomacy and polices, then we could have possibly faced a worldwide nuclear war; Iran vs Israel; Pakistan vs. India; and North Korea vs. everyone else, etc.
So, does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? Yes, he does, he greatly deserves it. Even though he, himself, doesn’t even think he deserves it.
Instead of trash talking of what Obama did or did not do, may be you too should start doing something, do anything that may effective change in your area, neighborhood, town, city, state or country. You can do anything, whatever it is that may benefit your neighborhood, fellow countrymen, or on a large scale, humanity. May be, just may be, you too may one day be in the company of those great people, who have been nominated and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
And, surely, you too can use that $1.4 million that comes with it. Why not try it, instead of looking at who does what and does not do what?
Just like most of those who have subscribed to Obama’s campaign mailing list; here is a message Obama sent out yesterday;
This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.
But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.
That is why I’ve said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won’t all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.
This award — and the call to action that comes with it — does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.
So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we’ve begun together. I’m grateful that you’ve stood with me thus far, and I’m honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.
President Barack Obama