A noble Nobelist

Liu Xiaobo is vast improvement over last year's Peace Prize winner

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The committee that decides the annual Nobel Peace Prize apparently has returned to evidence-based judging when selecting its recipients.

Liu  File/Associated Press
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Liu

President Obama "won" the prize last year merely as a measure of his perceived potential to do something truly great in the field of world peace. More about how that turned out in a minute.

But this year the winner is Liu Xiaobo -- an unquestionably powerful leader in what the Nobel Committee called the "long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China."

Liu has fought the crimes and is doing the time. He's now serving out his fourth prison term, this time for "inciting subversion of state power" in China, whatever that's supposed to mean. What he actually did was cowrite and cosign the courageous Charter 08, a manifesto calling for democratic political reform in oppressive communist China.

Liu's Peace Prize, points out former Soviet political prisoner Natahn Sharansky, "is a reminder that in an authoritarian state the voice of the people is to be found not in the frenzied public claims of the regime, but among nervous taxi drivers and unnoticed dissidents."

Then there's last year's Peace Prize winner.

Remember Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers' waggish take on Obama? "In other premature awards this week, high-school football player Billy Reynolds has been named this year's Heisman Trophy winner; fifth-grader Amber Collins has been named Miss America; and 9-year-old Dylan Holt has been named People's Sexiest Man Alive."

It echoed what virtually the rest of the world was thinking as they scratched their heads. Incredibly, Obama was nominated for the prize a scant two weeks after he was inaugurated as president. During that short span, evidently, Obama fine-tuned what the Nobel Committee called "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Must have been a busy two weeks.

So what has Obama done lately to champion world peace?

There's still fighting in Afghanistan. Our commitment in Iraq is far from over. Obama has been no great shakes in keeping Mideast peace talks vibrant and alive. Air strikes by unmanned U.S. drones are killing people in Pakistan. Relations with rogue nations Iran and North Korea come in only one flavor -- sour.

Obama's prize already came tarnished, and hasn't gotten any shinier.

The exact opposite can be said of Liu Xiaobo. He is one of the bravest men on Earth, taking the fight for peace to the very heart of the human rights struggle in a tumultuous world.

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Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/18/10 - 04:32 am
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It's a shame that the Peace

It's a shame that the Peace Prize has already been sullied by awarding it to the likes of Gore, Obama, Carter, and Arafat. It's merely a joke now.

NewHere
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NewHere 10/18/10 - 04:40 am
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Why does every editorial has

Why does every editorial has to be made into an anti Obama article.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/18/10 - 05:02 am
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Well...when you are in

Well...when you are in control and doing such a lousy job, people tend to talk about it.

(And by the way......it's "HAVE to be made" not "has to be made.")

Tisk tisk what is this world coming to
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NewHere it appears that the

NewHere it appears that the writer thought the giving of the Nobel Peace Prize last year was an absolute joke. That is an opinion shared by many Americans. I would like to say most American but I can't back that up right at the moment.

If you read between the lines the writer is saying that last years selection was a joke along with a few others but this years recipient is an excellent choice.

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johnston.cliff 10/18/10 - 05:45 am
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Spot on, Mad Hatter. The

Spot on, Mad Hatter. The committee finally got it right this time. Intelligent people have noted the political stupidity of the four nominations you mentioned.

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iakovos 10/18/10 - 07:37 am
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There's a lot of people here

There's a lot of people here in augusta that should have won too, trying to fight for freedom from the (AC) with it's bias and unAmerican editorials holding a free people hostage by one sided stories. Look in the comments box it says not to make racist,obscene or hateful remarks, what a rag of a paper trying write history on it's terms just report the News that's what a real NewsPaper does.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/18/10 - 09:04 am
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Yes, showing the difference

Yes, showing the difference between obama and a world class hero is just plain mean and racist. Good post, iakovos, very Dem.

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Chillen 10/18/10 - 10:11 am
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It's so ironic that America,

It's so ironic that America, the land of the FREE, is moving more and more toward a European model which eventually leads to a Chinese model. Liberals who love big govt, love regulations and attack the sucessful and businesses need to think carefully when entering the voting booth this November.

We need to retain our freedoms so that this Chinese-type society is not in our great-grandchildren's future. Or, are you so selfish that you don't care? As long as you are given your benefits and obama money today, is that all that matters?

As we continue to grow our govt and borrow money from the Chinese, how will that play out in the future? Will they own 51% of us? When that happens, what will happen? Just food for thought.

Think Freedom. Many lost their lives fighting for it. Let's not give it away so easily.

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stillamazed 10/18/10 - 10:30 am
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Aakovos, I don't know what

Aakovos, I don't know what you read but I read many editorials from the left and the right. I guess you don't pay attention unless it is something that offends you. I take no offence when it is something I don't agree with because it is called freedom of the press and freedom to express ones opinion and that is just what it is, an opinion. There was nothing racist in the article, the writer was stating his opinion of President Obama which by the way is shared by many, you don't have to be a racist because you happen not to like the president, I have not liked many of them and unless I missed something until now they were all white, so perhaps I am racist against white men and black men (not). Just continue to support your party and don't worry about other people who don't. What makes us all different is what keeps the world interesting, don't you agree?

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dichotomy 10/18/10 - 10:33 am
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"There's a lot of people here

"There's a lot of people here in augusta that should have won too, trying to fight for freedom from the (AC) with it's bias and unAmerican editorials holding a free people hostage by one sided stories. Look in the comments box it says not to make racist,obscene or hateful remarks, what a rag of a paper trying write history on it's terms just report the News that's what a real NewsPaper does."

Another one of those hard core Democrats that can't discuss the issue so they throw out some absurd, indecipherable, irrelevant comment.

I'll break it down for you. Some people have done extraordinary things for the benefit of mankind. Obama, Gore, and Arafat are not among them. Carter...I'll give you a toss up because he tried but like everything else in his administration, he failed. The Nobel Peace Prize has lowered it's status to being a joke of a non-event.

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Dixieman 10/18/10 - 06:12 pm
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Re: Obama. This was the

Re: Obama. This was the first Nobel Prize for Potential ever awarded. (And since the award, the potential has remained unfulfilled....)

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bone1 10/18/10 - 08:42 pm
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nobel prize = joke. as soon

nobel prize = joke. as soon as arafat won it the award officially became a badge of shame.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 10/19/10 - 04:26 am
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GGpap. Don't you think they

GGpap. Don't you think they reveal why they feel someone won the prize. Why would they keep the reasons a secret? Geesh. Just because we are not on the committee, does not make the prize any less of a joke.

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GGpap 10/19/10 - 05:10 am
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Mad Hatter, it is only a joke

Mad Hatter, it is only a joke to those that do not understand the message the Nobel Committee is sending to the the rest of the world.

Thank you for your response.

GGpap

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Tigger__The_Tiger 10/19/10 - 05:55 am
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Tell us ggpap. What exactly

Tell us ggpap. What exactly did Obama DO to win the peace prize......or do YOU not understand, like those you so sophamoricly referred to as neanderthals.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/19/10 - 06:31 am
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I agree with

I agree with Tigger_The_Tiger, President Obama did nothing to win the Nobel peace prize. The Nobel committee may have being trying to send a message, but it fell on deaf ears at the Obama White House and at the U.S. national security establishment otherwise known as the U.S. war machine.

Obama may be trying to get the U.S. out of an unjust, immoral, and illegal war in Iraq, but he has also escalated the U.S. war in Afghanistan and expanded the illegal U.S. air war in Pakistan. These are not the actions of a peace maker.

Good citizen Liu Xiaobo spoke truth to capricious power while President Obama held the reigns of power and could not say no to a U.S. war establishment run amok. Mr. Liu deserves the peace prize for supporting human rights. President Obama does not deserve the peace prize for waging unjust war.

GGpap
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GGpap 10/19/10 - 07:22 am
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TtheT, what Obama DID is so

TtheT, what Obama DID is so simple that your ability to understand it was (and is) too challenged to grasp...BUT, the Noble Committee did "before" he was even elected to the office he holds today.

What Obama did: He said he would be willing to talk to the leaders of counties that might rightfully be opposed to American interference in their affairs; and to American aggression and belligerence in the Near East. Obama proposed American diplomacy rather than aggression.

The Neanderthals in our midst have never given any thought to negotiations; they seem to be much more interested in carving more clubs and gathering more stones for war...negotiation be da..... (Nor do they seem to care about how many graves are filled along the way…on either side… as long as they do not run out of clubs and stones)!

I see great apes, old and grey, standing in the forests, beating their chests and barring their teeth, while they willingly sacrifice their young on the battlefield rather than intelligently agreeing to negotiate with an opponent in order to reach a peaceful settlement of a perceived wrong.

After 8 years of the George Bush aggression against much of the Near East, I believe the Noble Committee had a similar vision of America; and (right or wrong) they looked to the future and hoped for a leader that might indeed, restore reason, decency and sanity in the Western Hemisphere; and one that might indeed end the chaos we’ve seen for the last 9 years .

The Noble Committee presented an award based on HOPE. I still hope that they were not mislead…although the Neanderthals in America are certainly doing their best to knuckle drag their way to our eventual destruction.

GGpap

Tigger__The_Tiger
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Tigger__The_Tiger 10/19/10 - 07:52 am
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How many of those promises

How many of those promises that landed him the prize has he kept? Zero! And you already got one post pulled for name calling..... You really should stop.

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Little Lamb 10/19/10 - 07:55 am
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I agree with Rev. Cain, who

I agree with Rev. Cain, who wrote:

Obama may be trying to get the U.S. out of an unjust, immoral, and illegal war in Iraq, but he has also escalated the U.S. war in Afghanistan and expanded the illegal U.S. air war in Pakistan. These are not the actions of a peace maker.

His main idea is correct. The only error is in calling the war on Islamic Terrorism “illegal.” The war is legal, even though it is unjust and immoral.

Tigger__The_Tiger
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Tigger__The_Tiger 10/19/10 - 08:02 am
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Awarding the Nobel Prize to

Awarding the Nobel Prize to someone because they simply SAY they will do something.....even though they don't actually do it. And people wonder why it's a joke.

I promise to end all wars, forever.

Where's MY prize?

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dstewartsr 10/19/10 - 10:06 pm
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"...(T)rying to fight for

"...(T)rying to fight for freedom from the (AC) with it's bias and unAmerican editorials holding a free people hostage by one sided stories."

The Atlanta Constipation is available at news outlets and boxes all over the CSRA, and their editor, Cynthia Tucker, has scored a perfect 100% on the liberal/political scale on everything from multiculturalism to reparations. The NYT (Never Yet Truth), and WSJ (We Suck at Journalism) are there for the kool-aid addicted as well.

Of course, they're not free, which I suspect the reason so many liberals come here to post.

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