The Case for the Nobel Peace Prize

26 10 2009

Recently there has been so much controversy regarding a certain Nobel Peace Prize winner that I could not for the life of me stay out of the ring, so after so much thought I decided to comment on the subject, and if you would forgive me, I would like to relish in a commentary, exercising certain literary rights at this time, thank you.

On October 2, 2009 Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Peace, congruent to the last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, which states in part:

-“One person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Concluding in part:
-“and that for champions of peace by a committee of five persons to be elected by the Norwegian Storting. It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.”
It is a common myth that a person awarded the Nobel Peace Prize must have already accomplished work before the award is given; this could not be further from the truth.
I have heard so much opposition of our President receiving the prestigious prize, prematurely and without accomplishment. People everywhere; on-line, on campus, in our community and the world have also expressed so much negative opinion as to why he was chosen. I would like to ask why the effort? Why are we trying to destroy something that is actually good, opposing something that at least gives a sense of a brighter future, and why explore the bad in the final outcome of such a good thing?
What would be the purpose of seeking world peace, and the purpose of hope, and to strive, and to endeavor in such enormous undertakings in the name of that same peace? For at the very best, this world continues to condemn those that have taken the first step towards peace, and are needing some type of tool to measure the effort; what kind of world should I say I live in?
Why should most Americans, and the rest of the world for that matter, offer such unfavorable opinion of the human heart; if the appraisal and decree to honor someone was never given to them in the first place. Is it our own arrogance and pride that is telling us we are all excellent judges of character, and actions, and of people?
The responsibility was given to one entity only: The Norwegian Grand Assembly, and under the last will and testament and direction of Alfred Nobel, and no one else.
History is the perfect example of measuring how people can achieve so much in the name of effort, as in the words of Senator John McCain. “We need to fight a cause greater than ourselves.” Yes we do! And almost all the recipients listed below did just that.

Nobel Peace Prize recipients:

Peace Prize: Martti Ahtisaari

“for his important efforts, on
several continents and over
more than three decades, to
resolve international

Peace Prize: Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.
“for their efforts to build up
and disseminate greater
knowledge about man-made
climate change, and to lay the
foundations for the measures
that are needed to counteract
such change.”-2007

Peace Prize: Muhammad Yunus

“for their efforts to create
economic and social
developments from below.”-2006

Peace Prize: Mohamed ElBaradei

“for their efforts to prevent
nuclear energy from being used
for military purposes and to
ensure that nuclear energy for
peaceful purposes is used in
the safest possible way.”-2005

Peace Prize: Wangari Muta Maathai

“for her contribution to
sustainable development,
democracy, and peace.”-2004
Peace Prize: Shirin Ebadi        “for her efforts for
democracy and human rights.
She had focused especially on
the struggle for the rights
of women and children.”-2003

Peace Prize: Kofi Annan

“for the work for a better
organized and more peaceful

Peace Prize: Joseph Rotblat

“for their efforts to diminish
the part played by nuclear
arms in international politics
and. In the longer run, to
eliminate such arms.” -1995

Peace Prize: Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin

“for their efforts to create
peace in the Middle East.”

Peace Prize: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

“for his leading role in the
peace process which today
characterizes important parts
of the international
community.” 1990

Peace Prize: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa) “self evident”-1979

Peace Prize: Barack Obama

“for his extraordinary
efforts to strengthen
international diplomacy and
cooperation between
It’s true that the possibility of such a historic honor could easily be manipulated within a diversified political stage, especially in the dynamic of world wide strife. But what then, are the protests, and the intents of the world population in arguing an opinion towards such negative and destructive directions? If peace is the concern, then let peace prevail? We must all agree, we can not always get it right, but we must all persevere towards the same happiness.
This is the essence of the Nobel Prize; to acknowledge those that make the effort to accept the challenge of making our world a better place to live – for all of us.
Most recently there have been so many experts, with so much opinion on extraordinary things like nobility and courage? -Those things normally difficult to find in people, but is there if you are aware and looking. For instance, in the courage of the men and women of the American Armed Forces, which in my opinion and after talking to a lot of veteran’s in my journalist travels. I truly believe there is no greater strength in the world than those Americans fighting at this very moment on behalf of world peace. They, as a collective, as defenders and keepers of freedom and democracy, not only here at home, but in the most troubled places on earth; with extreme courage and honor have chosen to put their lives at risk everyday, deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.




3 responses

27 11 2009

Dear MS, That was a thorough sentiment, and came to an objective conclusion backing your elect beat. Good stuff.-NJK

1 02 2010
Lorraine Okie

I also with the rest of the World believe the Nobel Peace Award should be a life achievement and not potential. Mr. Obama did have broad Community Based knowledge and experience however as a US Senator he only completed 2 years with no International or Foreign Policy knowledge that’s why he drew upon Senator Joe Biden with 35 yrs in Senate and Foreign Policy and Sen Hillary Clinton for knowledge and experience as First Lady. Mr. Obama was prematurely awareded Peace Nobel now lets see what he does in the next 3 years that he has it that will be the telling Truth.

8 02 2010

Ms. Okie,
Thank you for your response: I only hope you understand the format and stance, The Norwegian Grand Assembly, under the wishes of Alfred Nobel, takes on awarding the prize. I’m assuming that if you had a million dollars and you willed it to someone, or for that matter, you bequeathed a trust fund, you would like your wishes to be respected without interference from an outside party. My personal stance is strictly journalistic in nature;therefore, I have raised the point, that I would like to comment on this subject; that what Alfred Nobel requested was not merely just a prize for lifetime achievements, but for a true and noticeable effort, of that Peace. Again, please know that what I have written is solely in response to people’s personal feelings on who should get what. The truth is what I want to share with you, my commentary is not my opinion, it is the truth of what is written in the laws of the prize.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: