So Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace prize. Why? Because he has put in extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The results of such efforts being Iran still pursuing a nuclear weapon, the war worsening in America and China rising ominously in influence. And of course, the refusal to meet the Dalai Lama even though the atrocities in Tibet are intensifying by the day.
But now there will be much thinking done and I will not be surprised if I suddenly see a meeting scheduled with His Holiness and the President himself. After all, the President is now a Nobel winner. And maybe now he will realize that His Holiness himself has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace and that he is a rather accomplished world leader.
Do I blame Obama for this? No. I would like to think that he is too much of a gentleman to have begged for this. But I think it is definitely too early to bestow such an honorable award on a President, who is a great orator but has not even completed one year in the Presidential office and has not really “done” anything as yet. He has barely gotten started on trying to clean up an ounce of the mess the last revered leader of USA left the world in.
Do I think Obama should politely turn the prize down? Ideally, yes. But then there is a very fine balance of power that requires to be maintained in the world right now.
Am I taking Obama’s side? No. I do find his speeches very inspiring but I am not his worshipper. I absolutely do not support his not meeting the Dalai Lama and his reluctant attitude towards Tibet. But I would say this. Having watched American politics and the role of the same in the world, I am trying to look at the broader picture of the existing power relations. And Obama would be subjected to ruthless condemnation for each one of his policies back in the United States. And I honestly believe that he would not have wanted to subject himself and his agenda to such harsh criticism by the Republicans.
So, yes. Much talking will happen on what he should have done and what he could have avoided. I think I have exciting columns to look forward to in the New York Times.
P.S. And since the prizes are being distributed generously, I would like one too. I can do much work towards world peace with all that cash. Oh. And feel very fancy and important to have my name on that list.
There really was NO need to make a mockery out of the Nobel Peace prize. Agreed?