Der renommierte amerikanische Historiker und Politologe Howard Zinn empfand die Verleihung des Friedensnobelpreises an den US-Präsidenten als schockierend. Bevor er sich entsann, dass Obama nur ein weiterer Preisträger unter vielen ist, der Frieden verpricht, während er Kriege führt. Angesichts dessen sollte sich das Preis-Komitee am besten in den Ruhestand begeben:
I was dismayed when I heard Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize. A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on two wars would be given a peace prize. Until I recalled that Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Kissinger had all received Nobel Peace prizes. The Nobel Committee is famous for its superficial estimates, won over by rhetoric and by empty gestures, and ignoring blatant violations of world peace.
Yes, Wilson gets credit for the League of Nations -- that ineffectual body which did nothing to prevent war. But he had bombarded the Mexican coast, sent troops to occupy Haiti and the Dominican Republic and brought the U.S. into the slaughterhouse of Europe in the first World War -- surely among stupid and deadly wars at the top of the list.
Sure, Theodore Roosevelt brokered a peace between Japan and Russia. But he was a lover of war, who participated in the U.S. conquest of Cuba, pretending to liberate it from Spain while fastening U.S. chains on that tiny island. And as president he presided over the bloody war to subjugate the Filipinos, even congratulating a U.S. general who had just massacred 600 helpless villagers in the Phillipines.
The Committee did not give the Nobel prize to Mark Twain, who denounced Roosevelt and criticized the war, nor to William James, leader of the anti-imperialist league.
Oh yes the Committee saw fit to give a peace prize to Henry Kissinger, because he signed the final peace agreement ending the war in Vietnam, of which he had been of the architects. Kissinger, who obsequiously went along with Nixon's expansion of the war, with the bombing of peasant villages in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Kissinger, who matches the definition of a war criminal very accurately, is given a peace prize!
People should not be given a peace prize on the basis of promises they have made (as with Obama, an eloquent maker of promises) but on the basis of actual accomplishments towards ending war, and Obama has continued deadly, inhuman military action in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
The Nobel Peace Committee should retire, and turn over its huge funds to some international peace organization which is not awed by stardom and rhetoric, and which has some understanding of history.