Friday, October 9, 2009
Nobel Peace Prize - Honor or Folly
I have always held a great deal of respect for the idea behind the Nobel Peace Prize, until today. What in the world was the Nobel Peace Prize Committee thinking? To present this prestigious, meaningful award to President Barack Obama trivializes this honor. Past recipients include Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King and the 14th Dalai Lama, recipients who not only "talked the talk," but "walked the walk," a concept, that so far, has eluded Mr. Obama. Nobel Peace Prize winners are held to a higher standard. Individuals who have established themselves with their performance, not just with their promises. According to Alfred Nobel, the Peace Prize should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." At the end of the day, where does Mr. Obama fit within this criteria?