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Friday, September 18, 2015

Six years too late, they admit the mistake, but will they do it again?

Six years too late the Nobel Peace Prize committee has admitted that awarding the prize to President Hussein Obama was a mistake.
From Norwegian news site The Local:
Geir Lundestad, who served as Director of the Nobel Institute for 25 years, wrote in a newly released memoir that although the five-strong Norwegian Nobel Committee had all agreed to give Obama the award, his record in office since receiving the prize had shown it to be a mistake.
According to Lundestad, the argument which swayed the committee was that the prize would help him achieve his goals.
“In hindsight, we could say that the argument of giving Obama a helping hand was only partially correct,” he wrote, according to VG newspaper.
…Lundestad was not the only person to have misgivings about the Obama award, the American president himself said he was “surprised”.
“Even many of Obama’s supporters thought that the prize was a mistake. In that way, the committee did not achieve what it had hoped,” Lundestad writes.
He claims that Obama’s advisors even discreetly asked if it would be possible for the US President to avoid the award.
“His cabinet had already asked whether anyone had previously refused to travel to Oslo to receive the prize,” Lundestad said. “In broad strokes, the answer was no.”
And the Nobel Committee may be about to repeat the same mistake.
Some are lobbying for Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to receive the next prize.
Maybe they ought to wait to see how the sellout to a nuclear-armed Iran works out first? It seems silly to give prizes for reaching an agreement before seeing whether the agreement is actually meaningful (see: Kissinger - Le Duc Tho, Rabin - Peres- Arafat, etc.).

Shabbat Shalom everyone. 

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