The Affirmative Action Nobel
All my life, said Voltaire, I have
had but one prayer:
"O Lord, make my
enemies look ridiculous. And God granted it."
In awarding the Nobel Prize for
Peace to Barack Obama, the Nobel committee has just
made itself look ridiculous.
In 1987, Reagan negotiated the
greatest arms reduction treaty in modern time, the INF
agreement removing all Soviet SS-20s and all U.S.
Pershing and cruise missiles from Europe.
Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge Police and
Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, what has Obama done
to compare with what these statesmen did to make ours a
more peaceful and better world?
What has Obama accomplished to
compare with what the other sitting presidents to
receive the Nobel Prize accomplished?
won in 1906 for the Portsmouth Treaty that ended the
Woodrow Wilson won the
1919 Nobel Prize for getting Germany to accept his
14 Points as the basis for an armistice that ended the
bloodiest war in all of European history.
And what about Richard Nixon?
In 1972, he made his historic trip
to China, ending a quarter century of hostility,
negotiated SALT I with Leonid Brezhnev, limiting ICBMs,
U.S. involvement in Vietnam. True, Nixon persuaded
Hanoi to sign the Paris Peace Accords only after 13 days
Yet that did not deter the Nobel
committee from giving the 1973 prize to
Henry Kissinger and Hanoi `s Le Duc Tho.
Early in the week his award was
announced, Obama snubbed the Dalai Lama, the
1989 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who has spent
50 years as a courageous voice for the rights of his
Tibetan people, who have endured half a century of
Chinese communist repression and cultural genocide.
Which of these—the Dalai Lama or Barack Obama—seems more
deserving of a Nobel Prize for Peace?
Since the news broke, the president
has been a national object of mockery and mirth. In
fairness, this is not his fault. There is no evidence he
lobbied for the prize; no evidence he knew it was
"Is this April
Fools` Day?" said one startled aide.
In accepting, Barack was properly
humble, saying that he did not belong in the company of
previous recipients, that he would try to live up to the
expectations his Nobel had created.
It is the members of the Nobel
committee who have made fools of themselves and further
devalued their prize, if that is still possible.
For how many Americans could,
without Google, identify
Muhammad Yunus and
Martti Ahtisaari? Who are they? The 2003, 2004, 2006
and 2008 winners of the Nobel Prize for Peace. In that
company at least, Barack, for his willingness to talk to
America`s adversaries and enemies, is not outshone.
Indeed, looking down the list of
other recipients in this decade—Jimmy Carter in 2002,
Muhammad ElBaradei in 2005, Al Gore in 2007 and
Obama—the committee should probably rename it the Nobel
Prize for Peace … and Stick-It-to-George Bush Trophy.
By 2002, Carter, who should have
been included in the
1978 Nobel that went to Menachem Begin and Anwar
Sadat for the Israeli-Egyptian peace he brokered at Camp
David, had become a global pest, bedeviling Bush, as he
did Bill Clinton, in violation of the tradition of
ex-presidents, all the while accomplishing nothing.
While the International Atomic
Energy Agency was right about no atomic weapons or
programs in Iraq, ElBaradai himself regretted not having
been more courageous in opposing the war. As for Gore,
his prize was the committee`s way of providing publicity
for a campaign against global warming that is a front
for the latest scheme to advance world government.
As for Obama, he got the award
because he is the quintessential anti-Bush. Yet, the
Nobel committee did him no service.
They have brazenly meddled in the
internal affairs of the United States. They have
reinforced the impression that Obama is someone who is
forever being given prizes—Ivy League scholarships,
law review editorships, prime-time
speaking slots at
national conventions—he did not earn. They have put
him under moral pressure to mollify a pacifist left.
They have brought him to the point, dangerous in
politics, where a man becomes the butt of reflexive
jokes, as did Bill Clinton in the Monica affair.
These Norwegian groupies, acting
out of "adolescent adulation," writes the
Financial Times, have exposed themselves as
"an annex to the left wing of the U.S. Democratic Party"
with a "deeply
misguided act" that will
(Obama`s) allies and egg on his detractors."
The committee did something else.
They ensured that their Nobel Peace Prize will never be
taken as seriously again as once it was.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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