I am sending this out as a direct challenge to Barack Obama. I would argue the Nobel Committee should never award the Peace Prize to the president of an empire. And I am curious as to why Juan Cole doesn’t mention the abolition of nuclear weapons, as I thought a statement by Obama on this subject was what got him the Prize. If Obama fulfills the five ways listed by Cole, then I will lead the charge to get Obama a second Nobel Peace Prize.
Top 5 ways Obama can redeem his Nobel
The president got his prize as an encouragement. Here's how he can rise to the occasion
By Juan Cole
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Dec. 10, 2009 |
The world has noted the irony that President Barack Obama is delivering his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize after launching an escalation of the
Still, Obama was clearly given the prize to encourage him in the direction of peace. It is the tragedy of the sole superpower that it is unconstrained by peers and so can launch wars of choice and shatter international law at will. It can be counseled but not blocked. He was awarded this honor as a counsel.
So here are the things Obama can do to redeem his prize.
1. Get out of
2. Resist calls for
3. Stop allowing the CIA to operate drones with which to assassinate people. It is illegal and shameful. The
4. Get the Palestinians a state by the end of 2011, even if by unilateral recognition. Palestinian statelessness is the biggest human rights scandal in the world, since citizenship is the right to have rights. This step alone would solve the bulk of
5. Stick to the plan of beginning a
-- By Juan Cole
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