Friday, October 9, 2009

absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize

From the TimesOnline, Michael Binyon wrote a scolding commentary, entitled absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize, in regard to the Norwegian committee's inability to "seperate hopes from achievement." Here's a gem from the article:
The spectacle of Mr Obama mounting the podium in Oslo to accept a prize that once went to Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Mother Theresa would be all the more absurd if it follows a White House decision to send up to 40,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. However just such a war may be deemed in Western eyes, Muslims would not be the only group to complain that peace is hardly compatible with an escalation in hostilities.
And, as I previously compared this absurdity to the absurdity of Henry Kissinger winning the prize, so does Mr. Binyon:
Mr Obama’s prize is more likely, however, to be compared with the most contentious prize of all: the 1973 prize to Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho for their negotiations to end the Vietnam war. Dr Kissinger was branded a warmonger for his support for the bombing campaign in Cambodia; and the Vietnamese negotiator was subsequently seen as a liar whose government never intended to honour a peace deal but was waiting for the moment to attack South Vietnam.


Chris said...

Not as bad as Kissinger, but still absurd at this point in time.

Josh said...

wow, its nice to agree on something.