While I count myself amongst fans of Barack Obama, the Nobel Committee’s decision to award him with the Peace Prize did come as a WTF moment this morning (to lots of people judging by FB news-feed). The Nobel Committee honoured him this morning for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.
Obama excels at public diplomacy, and has a cult-like following around the world. No other world leader shares his commitment towards nuclear disarmament and a multilateral world. However, awarding the Nobel to him with the war in Afghanistan bringing new dead everyday, Guantanamo still open and troops still in Iraq strikes as pre-mature. Further, he has been active as president for only 10 months. Granted that he has made significant departures in that period, would it not have been more seemly to honour a longer commitment to human-rights and world-peace.
Not that the Nobel Prize is a sign of anything. Gandhi, being amongst the famous non-recipients.
But for now the Obama love-fest continues.
The Economist published yesterday the favourites to win, foremost amongst whom were Chinese human-rights activist Hu Jia and Afghan Women’s and Human Rights Activist Sima Samar
source: The Economist