Warmonger Wins Peace Prize

It took 25 years longer than George
Orwell thought for the slogans of 1984 to become

"War is Peace,"

"Freedom is

"Ignorance is Strength."

I would add,
"Lie is Truth."

The Nobel Committee has awarded the
2009 Peace Prize to President Obama, the person who
started a new war in Pakistan, upped the war in
Afghanistan, and continues to threaten Iran with attack
unless Iran does what the US government demands and
relinquishes its rights as a signatory to the
non-proliferation treaty.

The Nobel committee chairman,
Thorbjoern Jagland said,

"Only very rarely
has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the
world`s attention and given its people hope for a better

Obama, the committee gushed, has
created "a new
climate in international politics."

Tell that to the 2 million displaced
Pakistanis and the unknown numbers of dead ones that
Obama has racked up in his few months in office. 
Tell that to the Afghans where civilian deaths
continue to mount as Obama`s
"war of necessity" drones on indeterminably.

No Bush policy has changed. Iraq is
still occupied. The Guantanamo torture prison is still
functioning. Rendition and assassinations are still
occurring. Spying on Americans without warrants is still
the order of the day. 
Civil liberties are continuing to be violated in
the name of Oceania`s
"war on terror."

Apparently, the Nobel committee is
suffering from the delusion that, being a minority,
Obama is going to put a stop to Western hegemony over
darker-skinned peoples.

The non-cynical can say that the
Nobel committee is seizing on Obama`s rhetoric to lock
him into the pursuit of peace instead of war. 
We can all hope that it works. 
But the more likely result is that the award has
made "War is
the reality.

Obama has done nothing to hold the
criminal Bush regime to account, and the Obama
administration has bribed and threatened the Palestinian
Authority to go along with the US/Israeli plan to
deep-six the UN`s Goldstone Report on Israeli war crimes
committed during Israel`s inhuman military attack on the
defenseless civilian population in the Gaza Ghetto.

The US Ministry of Truth is
delivering the Obama administration`s propaganda that
Iran only notified the IAEA of its
"secret" new
nuclear facility because Iran discovered that US
intelligence had discovered the
This propaganda is designed to undercut the fact of
Iran`s compliance with the Safeguards Agreement and to
continue the momentum for a military attack on Iran.

The Nobel committee has placed all
its hopes on a bit of skin color.

"War is Peace"
is now the position of
the formerly antiwar organization, Code Pink.

Code Pink has

decided that women`s rights are worth a war in

When justifications for war become
almost endless—oil, hegemony, women`s rights, democracy,
revenge for 9/11, denying bases to al Qaeda and
protecting against terrorists—war becomes the path to

The Nobel committee has bestowed the
prestige of its Peace Prize on Newspeak and Doublethink.

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.