RE: I, like The T
RE: I, like The Tim, am amused at the chioce of Obama for the Peace Prize, but probably for somewhat different reasons. I think that in today's world, Obama was a good chioce for the prize for reasons I will articulate in limited detail to avoid needlessly boring everyone. But I'm both saddened and amused by the fact that the bar for consideration in the form of the actions of world leaders has been set so low that one who many say has as yet only talked the talk, would be judged to have accomplished the most to further the cause of peace. If the bar gets set much lower, they'll have to start doing the limbo to pick the winner or everyone who hasn't needlessly shot somebody will have to be considered a candidate. I hate to make the grounds for consideration so unnecessarily difficult, but you have to set some standards to rule out awarding the prize to Dick Cheney.In my opinion the battle for peace is only minimally about Ahmadinegad and Obama. It's really about the generation of 10 yr old children that will be in their shoes in 30 years. Lasting peace comes through trust, respect and a shared and interdependent economic future, not just through military victory. You don't win the hearts and minds of a generation by denying justice, human rights or a reasonable livelihood to their parents and families. Trust can take years to build, but only a minimal amount of collateral damage to destroy. Peace hopefully can be accomplished through discussion, mutual trust and cooperation without the need for domination and intimidation. There may be a form of peace when only one is left standing, but I don't think that's what the Peace Prize is ment to embody. If you say that I'm unreasonably idealistic and impractical, you may be right. But if you believe that speaking softly has no place and peace comes only by wielding a big stick, you've already lost the moral high ground where human rights and respect take precedence over preemptive strikes and overwhelming force. In my opinion the hope spawned by Obama that the most powerful nation in the world will occupy the high ground in the eyes of the rest of the world is the underlying reason that the Nobel Committee chose Obama. Peace is founded on trust, and upon the hope and courage to risk the disappointment of that trust. I've never read The Audacity of Hope, but the concept that phrase embodies is part of the underly basis of any peace not grounded in domination or intimidation. Rate this comment: 0 0
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