What have you done for the fraternity between nations this year?
|Friday, 9. October 2009 2 comment(s)||
President Barack Obama’s selection as the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has caused consternation, incredulity, and even demands that he turn it down. The main charge is that Obama’s efforts have yet to bear fruit. This perspective is understandable, as many of the recent recipients have received their award for “life-long efforts.” Taking nothing away from those recipients, but as a close reading of Alfred Nobel’s will makes clear, those recipients were arguably beneficiaries of an expanded reading of the document in question.
Alfred Nobel’s will clearly stipulates that the prizes “shall be annually awarded…to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind…and one [of the prizes] to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”
So, during the past year, who has done more than Barack
Obama to: (1) improve the “fraternity between the nations”, (2) work towards reductions
of (nuclear) weapons, and (3) pushed for the “formation and spreading of peace
congresses”? Certainly there are other candidates who have done some of this,
but all of them? During this year? I cannot think of too many.
I look forward to replies from readers, with a list of other people the committee could have chosen, based on the above criteria.
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