Reacting to the news, the Palestinian movement Hamas said the award was "premature at best", while the Taliban in Afghanistan stated it was "absurd to give a peace award to a man who has sent 21,000 extra troops to Afghanistan."
Two years after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm, Mr. Obama gave a speech at the U.N. This came a few months after he involved the U.S. in the revolutionary overthrows of several decades-old dictatorships. Much controversy surrounded Obama's decision to involve the U.S. in some of these revolutions while staying silent on others. Perhaps Mr. Obama thought that he could finally merit the Nobel Peace Prize by talking about peace while giving aid to the parties he supported in these foreign civil wars. The message Mr. Obama conveyed in his U.N. speech on September 21, 2011, was that "peace is hard" and that peace does not always last. He used the word "peace" 44 times in his 35 minute speech. Here are some of the profound things he said about peace.
"...a subject at the heart of the United Nations [is] the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world."
"We have got to make, not merely peace, but a peace that will last."
"The men and women who built this institution (the U.N.) understood that peace is more than just the absence of war. A lasting peace -- for nations and for individuals -- depends on a sense of justice and opportunity, of dignity and freedom."
“'Many people,' [one of the U.N. founders] said, 'have talked as if all that has to be done to get peace was to say loudly and frequently that we loved peace and we hated war. Now we have learned that no matter how much we love peace and hate war, we cannot avoid having war brought upon us if there are convulsions in other parts of the world.'”
"The fact is peace is hard. But our people demand it."
"...we proclaim our love for peace and our hatred of war..."
"And Osama bin Laden, a man who murdered thousands of people from dozens of countries, will never endanger the peace of the world again."
"[T]oday, we stand at a crossroads of history with the chance to move decisively in the direction of peace. [...] The United Nations’ Founding Charter calls upon us, 'to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security.'”
"This is how the international community is supposed to work -- nations standing together for the sake of peace and security, and individuals claiming their rights. Now, all of us have a responsibility to support the new Libya -- the new Libyan government as they confront the challenge of turning this moment of promise into a just and lasting peace for all Libyans."
"But let us remember: Peace is hard. Peace is hard."
"But what I also said is that a genuine peace can only be realized between the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves."
"Peace is hard work. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations -- if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."
"Ultimately, peace depends upon compromise among people who must live together long after our speeches are over, long after our votes have been tallied."
"That is the truth -- each side has legitimate aspirations -- and that’s part of what makes peace so hard."
"Peace is not just the absence of war. True peace depends on creating the opportunity that makes life worth living."
"[T]hose who came before us believed that peace is preferable to war."
Peace is hard, but we know that it is possible. So, together, let us be resolved to see that it is defined by our hopes and not by our fears. Together, let us make peace, but a peace, most importantly, that will last."
Wow. Who knew peace was so hard. So, with such a profound speech, our President must have made the whole world join hands and sing "Kumbaya" together over the last 3 years and 8 months, right?
Yes, I am being facetious.
Our Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed three days ago, on the anniversary of 9/11. At first it was reported that a movie trailer about Mohammad had sparked the outrage. Now it has come to light that this was all part of a planned attack on U.S. foreign service locations on 9/11, merely because some Muslims hate the United States and our people. And our government does little but apologize to the Muslim world and blame the film maker. It is thoroughly disgraceful.
Today the violent protests of radical Muslims in the Middle East have spread to many countries that we have helped in the past. This map shows the locations that have seen protests today alone. The list of the sites is printed below, with links to the news stories that confirm the reports of rioting.
Global Muslim Protests
Map created on Sep 14 · By John via Google Maps
"In Algeria, the U.S. Embassy cautioned Americans to avoid its building and other official government buildings Wednesday afternoon, sending an emergency message to U.S. citizens after calls for protests went out on social media," reports the Los Angeles Times.
"The American consulate on the Museumplein in Amsterdam is to close earlier than usual on Friday because of a planned demonstration by Muslims in the late afternoon," reports DutchNews.nl. "Two schools in the neighbourhood are also to close early, Nos television said."
"In Iraq, reaction to the video clip has been limited to followers of Shiite groups linked to militias and neighboring Iran," reports The Wall Street Journal. "Several hundred followers of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr held brief demonstrations in Baghdad's Sadr City district, the southern oil city of Basra and other predominantly Shiite areas of the country, chanting 'Death to America.'"
"Hundreds of Afghans – some shouting 'Death to America' – have held a protest against an anti-Islam film in the eastern city of Jalalabad," reports the AP.
Pictures are not necessarily from the location listed above or below them. They merely are samples of the thousands of pictures on the Internet documenting the widespread unrest and protesting throughout the Arab world.
This is what the Arab Spring that Obama supported and encouraged has led to.
I have a horrible feeling that things will get worse in the Middle East before they get better. I hope I am wrong. I am betting I am not.