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““The real damage is done by those millions who want to ’survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.””     Sophie Scholl

October 9, 2009

The One™

by Brad Warbiany

From the LA Times:

President Obama, who has pledged to place diplomacy ahead of confrontation and reached out to a skeptical world with offers of mutual understanding, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for what the committee called “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Obama is only the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Prize for Peace — President Theodore Roosevelt won the award in 1906, President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.

Obama was nominated for the prize after just weeks in office, with the award today after less than nine months into the president’s term a sign that the Nobel committee is recognizing aspirations for peace over achievements.

Yes, you heard that right. His nomination occurred just 11 days after his inauguration (the deadline for submissions was Feb 1). It shows that, like much of Obama’s career, he’s being judged by his campaign rhetoric rather than what he’s actually doing. Things like:

  • Delay on closing Guantanamo
  • Continuation of Bush terrorist detention policies
  • Failure to rein in medical marijuana raids as promised
  • Withdrawal from Iraq no faster than the plan Bush already had in place
  • Extension of wiretapping and other aspects of the PATRIOT ACT
  • Complete and utter silence on DADT
  • Accomplished so little of his agenda that SNL spoofed him as doing nothing.

I can only suppose this is the logical end of the American celebrity-worship culture. Obama gets a Nobel Peace Prize for who he is, not what he’s done.

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  1. I think he won because they are rewarding him for running his entire campaign against Bush, and on his promising to not be like Cowboy Bush who the elite Euros hated. A weak, appeacement-oriented, apologist, USA on the world stage is so much more urbane, civilized and sophisticated. And the Euro sophisticates just love folks like Chavez – and so does Obama!

    They all, along with Obama and Co., believe that there are no problems in international relations that can not be talked and talked and talked about until they are solved. This is why the UN has been so wildly successful at maintaining world-wide peace and tranquility since its formation. Really, after it is all said and done, the only rogue trouble maker state left now, is Israel, right?

    So, for the Bush haters who don’t think The Won should have gotten this award….it is a good day.

    Even THIS can be blamed on Bush!!

    Comment by southernjames — October 9, 2009 @ 8:44 am

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