Why President Obama Won The Nobel Peace Prize

President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama is the most transformative figure in the world today. And it won him the world’s most coveted prize — at least in the modern world’s eyes — the distinguished Noble Peace Prize. The prize was established by businessman, Alfred Nobel, in 1895, for a person or persons or organizations “who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”

President Obama, in his speech after the announcement, suggested in his surprise that he didn’t “deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize.” Oh, but he does, and what he did, and is doing, is not lost on the world (though it is completely lost on the Republicans). Obama led a most unlikely political and cultural shift in America, before the eyes of the world. And it was a peaceful and non-violent one, which has been even more impressive, given the nation’s hawkish and violent history.

Breaking the race barrier to be elected top the nation’s top office in the most racial society in the history of the modern world was a transformation many throughout never expected to see and it wasn’t lost on the world that there was a different sentiment coming out of America. America is a racial hegemony that demonstrated a hint of racial tolerance and maturity in the last election.

Whether President Obama is to be tolerated or followed is still playing out, but what is clear is that the world is ready to follow his lead. The world is also watching to see if Obama’s election was a sincere transition toward a different “change” mindset or a false signal while America ideologically recasts itself. More critically, the war-ish, environmentally whorish, and unilateral behaviors coming out of the United States the previous eight years had turned the world against America. Anti-American sentiment, documented by Oprah and others, was deeply entrenched and growing. China, Russia, and the Middle East knew, at some point, they were going to have to check America. What that was going to look like was going to be very different than what 9/11 looked like, but similar to what America has inflicted on other nations. The election of Barack Obama has brought a pause in that anti-sentiment. But just a pause, as this most unlikely hiccup in American arrogant politics has granted it a reprieved in the global community.

Even the American-labeled despots, like Ghadafi and Hugo Chavez, have held on their usual anti-American rhetoric to watch this transformation going on in America, and as cynical as they are about America-the capitalist hegemon, they do like what they see in Obama, the man. Transformation doesn’t have a timeline, but it does have a transition point. Transformation has an outcome. Both the transformation and transition point, are in evidence in America. Obama’s popularity is the same as Mandela’s is, Desmond Tutu’s was, as the Dalai Lama’s is, as Lech Walesa’s (who stated Obama’s award was too soon) was when the Noble Committee acknowledged them as central figures in the midst of cultural revolutions that were playing out on the world stage. Barack Obama is at the center of America’s cultural revolution. The nation and the world are awaiting the outcome, as they awaited the outcomes of other Nobel laureates. Some transformations were completed and some were not. It’s the effort that the Nobel Committee recognizes. We know which Noble laureate was the last to try to bring about a wholesale culture change in America (Dr. King). It is still an incomplete transformation.

All the “Obama-Haters” and Republicans (because they’re not all Republicans) are criticizing the choice, given that Obama has “only” nine months in office, but again the choice was not only about his election as President. It was also about his message of reconciliation across racial, religious, and cultural boundaries. What he has done as President is stave off the collapse of America’s economy, and relaxed our nation’s hostility toward the Muslim world. American hatred toward Muslims (which many have made a term synonymous with terrorists) is going to be the fall of America, and China and Russia are going to side with the world’s Muslims as America tries to defend Zionism.

The Nobel Committee acknowledges that Obama’s “winds of change” has caught the world by storm because it is a resilient message that all acknowledge needs to occur. It’s a word of reason, a reason of tolerance and a mindset of visionary temperament that the presidential administration didn’t demonstrate and was hostile to the notion of world peace.

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If you look at all of the recent Nobel Peace Prize winners, they were involved in causes that were producing highly detrimental circumstances to their country and the world. Obama’s selection is not less justified because his turnaround of America is an extreme challenge, given America’s detrimental circumstances at home and abroad.

The Nobel Committee got it right. Congratulations, President Obama.

Anthony Asadullah Samad

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Comments

  1. Virginia Hoge says

    I am very much in support of this prize, which Obama richly deserves.

    The ugly negativity coming from the right (and the left) only shows how in-grateful (and confused) America is at having a man of his caliber,

    right here were we NEED him.

  2. Jose Martine says

    President Obama should donate his Nobel Peace Prize funds to the U.S. government to pay for his two Scandanavian trips: 1. Copenhagen for his failing bid to push the Olympic games there and 2. To pick up Nobel Peace Prize funds. Each trip cost the U.S. taxpayer about $ 920,000 for Air Force One, security etc.

    And there is the issue of how the Nobel foundation funds invested in Swedish armament industry and in weapons of mass destruction. Although the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five Norwegians from the Norway Storting (Parliment), they Nobel funds are kept in Sweden, where Alfred Nobel was from. Sweden is the worlds largest exporter of arms (per capita), followed by Israel.

    1. Originally the directive from Alfred Nobel was to place the funds in real estate or similar safe investments, however since 1953 the foundation was allowed by the Swedish government to invest in shares, which stopped the hither to depletion of the funds.

    2. The funds are at the moment approx US$ 500 million in total (it shrunk approx 20% last year).

    3. The management is not done by the foundation itself, it is split across several (about ten) portfolios managed by different asset managers in Sweden and other countri es, the spread across countries and by asset type can be found here: http://nobelprize.org/nobelfoundation/finan-manag.html

    4. As late as 2005, there is an explicit admission from the foundation that there are NO ethical guidelines issued to the asset managers:

    http://www.dagsavisen.no/innenriks/article256458.ece?service=articlePrint – in Norwegian)

    5.There have been several ‘scandals’ surrounding the asset management, presumably deriving from the lack of ethical guidelines from the Nobel foundation

    - In 1998, the Observer made an investigation into the investments and found that many of the world largest arms manufactureres (including Boeing, British Aerospace, GKN och Smiths Industries) were in the Nobel foundation portfolios

    - in 2005, a Norwegian organization ‘Norwatch’ looked specifically into the portfolio handled by a US firm group called T Rowe Price who in their general portfolios have manufacturers of both cluster bombs and atomic bombs (Lockheed Martin). The Nobel foundation did not exclude the possibility that their funds were invested in such shares

    6. it is probable that such investments are held in the the Bofor group, which has a high level chemical plant in Ifshahan, Iran, which manufactures TNT, and quite likely sophisticated chemical precursors used to help create nuclear enriched uranium.

    However, dynamite and related products was the original invention and=2 0business which gave Alfred Nobel the means to set up the prize in the first place, and he was the owner of Bofors from 1894-96, during which he “had the key role in reshaping the iron manufacturer to a modern cannon manufacturer (…)” : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bofors

    No doubt the prestige of the prize to a large degree derives from the large sums involved, but is therefore also stained by the way the money was and is procured.

    But the prestige also derives from Alfred Nobels testamentary wish to promote peace and international understanding.

    The paradox the funds for the Nobel Prize are invested and retained in funds related to armament productions and weapons of mass destruction and many people are unaware of this situation.

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