At first I thought it was a joke, but no… the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama. He can now join unrepentant terrorist, Yassir Arafat, and fictional autobiography writer, Rigoberta Menchu, in having received that honor.
Regardless of what one thinks about President Obama’s strategy for producing greater world peace, I think all can agree that it is a strategy that has yet to produce meaningful results. It seems quite strange that the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to someone who hopes to produce peace without having achieved much of anything in the way of actual peace.
There’s been no change in the situation with regard to Israel and the Palestinians. There’s been no (positive) change with respect to Iran’s nuclear ambitions (and there have been some considerable negative developments). The situations in Iraq and Afghanistan have deteriorated significantly over the last year. Other than a bunch of speeches, what good has actually been accomplished?
I just have to repeat that Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye’s Chicken, is more worthy of this kind of prize. At least he actually did something to improve the human condition — like give us spicy chicken.