In awarding the President the Peace Prize, the Noble Committee has placed confidence on HOPE. "The Noble Committee said in October the President had made extraordinary efforts to strengthen International diplomacy and coorperation and that it hoped this would this would strengthen democracy and human rights. (Metro News) President Obama has won for showing a willingness to talk to such states as Iran and North Korea, which former President George W. Bush referred to as being part of an "axis of evil."
While accepting the award with "deep gratitude and great humility, Mr. President spoke at length about America's wars and the drive to build lasting peace and a just world. He took the opportunity to offer his perspective on war in general and his knowledge of the "considerable controversy" the decision had caused.
A realistic President Obama stated with clarity his position as "commander-in-chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars." One of which the president noted was in fact "winding down", the other he said, "one in which we are joined by 42 countries --including Norway-- in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks. Still we are at war, and I'm responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land ..."
The President in his peace driven message recalled moments in world history, when America and the rest of the world moved to secure peace by, "constructing an architecture to keep the peace: a marshall plan and a United Nations, mechanisms to govern the waging of war, treaties to protect human rights, prevent genocide, restrict the most dangerous weapons." Also noting that there has been no World War III.
View the President's nobel lecture at http://nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=1221
(posted by Javin James)