Heisenberg wrote:I've stated similar ideals. Do I deserve a Peace Prize? Of course not. Stated ideals are irrelevant.
As you sir can do nothing to alter these events, then no.
So it's an award for being President.
Please become more informed before you further post on this topic.
You realize you're trying to stop someone from posting something *on the internet*. Good luck with that. Also, that says the decision to *go into* Afghanistan was UN approved, not the decision to increase troops and spending in Afghanistan as Obama has. The same can be said about going into Iraq. The UN passed 10 resolutions (Look at the wiki for Resolution 1441 and it will link you to the rest) that said, "Saddam, you better get rid of your weapons, or else!" When they didn't follow through, Bush said, "Ok, UN, because you aren't doing jack-squat, so I'll do it," and went in. Granted, the act of going into Iraq was approved, but not the act of Bush going into Iraq. Even then, just because the UN approved it doesn't mean it doesn't take you out of the running for Peace Prize. Though I still maintain my position that the UN is just a way for everyone else to tell the US what to do (much like the Geneva Conventions), which I don't think is good for other countries to decide what we do, but that is another topic.
I admit I was slightly amused when I heard that Obama won the peace prize. But as psyck0 put it, electing him made the rest of the world sigh in relief. Our planet suddenly felt safer. That wasn't really something Obama personally did, but I can't really blame the committee for awarding him, since he is the head figure of change of the atmosphere in international politics.
So he gets an award for being a popular President. And for not being Bush. That hardly seems Peace-Prize-worthy, considering the fact that Obama hasn't done a whole lot to reverse Bush's policies when it comes to peace/war.
What I do find highly amusing is the opposition to giving the prize to Obama, by americans themselves. Usually people tend to be proud of such an award given to their countrymen, no...?
If we felt he deserved it, then yes, we'd be proud, but he doesn't. He didn't have enough time to do anything Peace-Prize-worthy before he was nominated. He still hasn't done anything Peace-Prize-worthy. It's a lot like how the Palestinians were mixed when Yasser Arafat won the Prize. They didn't feel he deserved it.
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