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We understand and appreciate what the Nobel Peace Prize committee members are trying to do. They're trying to encourage peace.

We just disagree wholly with how they're trying to go about it.

In the process, they have rendered the prize meaningless.

Nothing at all against President Obama. Fact is, we support his outreach efforts to the Muslim world.

But the Nobel committee is holding an apple festival before the tree is old enough to have borne fruit. Does the plaque say, "In grateful acknowledgement of all Barack Hussein Obama hopes to accomplish"?

"The prize seems to be more for Obama's promise than for his performance," correctly notes the Associated Press's Jennifer Loven.

Mr. Obama was in office a scant 12 days before the nomination deadline for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been in office some nine months. In contrast, some worthy recipients such as Mother Teresa expended a lifetime of good works.

There is no earthly idea yet whether his policies will bear fruit. As Muslim radicals still kill and still target America and the West, there is no tangible evidence he has made a scintilla of difference with all his entreaties and criticisms of his country. His worthiness for such a prestigious-sounding award exists, as some subatomic particles, in theory alone.

Is the committee, then, rewarding Mr. Obama's good intentions? If so, are there not millions and millions of other deserving souls on the planet who qualify for this honor under the same logic?

BUT THE PROBLEMS with this ill-thought-out award -- often bestowed on dubious characters such as terrorist Yasser Arafat -- go far beyond one man. This decision reveals an institutional and fatal flaw in the Nobel network: Quite often, it really doesn't reward acts that result in real, just and lasting peace.

Perhaps our well-intentioned friends in Oslo mistake peace for the absence of open hostilities. The two are quite different -- and sometimes are the opposite.

Consider: True peace cannot exist without justice. Moreover, appeasement -- an unwillingness to use force to defend oneself or create security and peace -- can result in the opposite of peace. Appeasement in the 20th century brought about history's largest conflagration. And you can talk peace with the Iranian regime until you're blue in the face, but if that fails to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and one is allowed to go off in the Mideast or elsewhere, how does that promote peace? Haven't you done just the opposite?

The maddening paradox of peace is that sometimes you must fight to get it.

WILL BARACK OBAMA be willing to do that -- especially after receiving a "peace" prize? Will he be able to bring himself to send more troops to Afghanistan -- to win that war and secure a lasting peace? Will he now have the gumption to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities if need be to protect and preserve the Mideast's only democracy (other than Iraq, which war helped create)?

Or is the prize timed and designed to discourage any acts of violence by the U.S. president, even those needed to bring about peace?

If the president is in any way impeded from doing what he must to protect and defend the interests of the United States, he should politely decline the award.

Likewise, if the Nobel committee is rewarding a president that it sees as promoting a chastened, weakened America -- and thinks that that is good for peace -- it had better be careful what it wishes for. If the folks at Nobel truly want peace, they should want the strong America that saved Western Europe in World War II and helped free Eastern Europe in the Cold War and still today throws its blanket of protection over most of the world's free peoples.

Obviously, the people at Nobel would find it counterintuitive to recognize any act of war as being good or promoting peace. But World War II did in a few years what a continent would have otherwise spent decades doing: overthrowing tyranny and fighting for freedom.

We therefore believe the Nobel Peace Prize committee has a misguided notion of what peace truly is and what is necessary to bring it about.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/10/09 - 03:15 am
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Because he had only been in

Because he had only been in office twelve days when the nominations were submitted, it's obviously not based on anything he has done. It's bizzare.

LiveAndLetLive
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LiveAndLetLive 10/10/09 - 03:23 am
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My congratulations to

My congratulations to President Obama for winning this award. It was awarded to him mostly for not what he has already done, but what the ripple effects of his administration's policies will be much farther down the road for all future generations of peoples around the world. And I also than the Nobel Prize committee for acknowledging the fact that President Obama is in every conceivable way, the anti-George W. Bush!

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Riverman1 10/10/09 - 03:31 am
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Maybe the less you do the

Maybe the less you do the more likely you are to win? Jimmy Carter, not a highly regarded president, won also. But with his they waited until he had been out of office many years to make sure he hadn't accomplished anything. What if Obama surprises them and actually does something later?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/10/09 - 05:20 am
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I have many good intentions.

I have many good intentions. Do I get one too?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/10/09 - 05:25 am
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What a pathetic symbol of
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What a pathetic symbol of lack of achievement the Nobel Peace Prize has become. Who will be next to win? Fidel Castro? I do applaud Obama for one thing, his admittance that he didn't deserve the award. Let's see if he'll man up and politely tell the Nobel Foundation that he can't accept. I'm not holding my breath.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/10/09 - 05:34 am
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The road to hell is paved

The road to hell is paved with good intentions-that's what i was always told.

concernednative
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concernednative 10/10/09 - 06:13 am
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Congratulations President

Congratulations President Obama. We patriotic americans celebrate all good achievements and recognition to this country and our leader.

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peteypopoff 10/10/09 - 06:33 am
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Not to take anything away

Not to take anything away from our President, but as an African American living in the south, I hate that he was given this award. More pressure has been added on this man by winning. White America will never be satisfied until this man is out of office and has failed like they expect him to. So in my opinion this is almost as good as assasination. He can not do what congress will not let him and the sooner we all realize this FACT the better of we'll be as a nation. I feel sorry for our President, so much to live up to in the black community, and expected failure in a white mans world. This man is not even fully black but thats what white people will see if things don't go as planned. At the end of the day he is still a N***er. You don't have to admitt it to me but be honest with yourselves.

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ispy4u 10/10/09 - 06:36 am
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In the Nobel Peace Prize for

In the Nobel Peace Prize for sore losers and haters, goes to the Republican Party, with a special prize going to those conservatives that live in the South.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/10/09 - 06:39 am
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PETE, whether he won the

PETE, whether he won the prize or not would not change these Naysayers attitude towards the President. These losers have never done anything significant enough to be recognized for it, yet feel comfortable enough to try and diminish his accomplishments.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/10/09 - 06:41 am
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Wizzard, we know you do not

Wizzard, we know you do not have any good intention.However have faith, that they will find a way to get you to hell, without using that road.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/10/09 - 06:47 am
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Even with the groveling

Even with the groveling sell-outs supporting this award, Americans know it was not awarded for any reason except to support the philosophy the Nobel committee supports. The notoriety the action has received is more than the committee could have dreamed of, and they were able to reward one of their own with $1.4 million. Now, let's work to get this mad Marxist out of office. Start by removing his enablers in 2010.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/10/09 - 06:51 am
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Great post, peteypopoff. No

Great post, peteypopoff. No matter which way the Obama era turns out, he's covered. Your post should allow Obama to finish his term with no pressure.

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CobaltGeorge 10/10/09 - 06:58 am
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"diminish his

"diminish his accomplishments" ???????????

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/10/09 - 07:03 am
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ISPY, Martin Luther King,
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ISPY, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, these were men of color who actually accomplished something other than just being born. Even PETE, an African-American living here in the south hates him getting this award. Are you going to accuse Pete of racism? Surely not, we all know only whites are guilty of this. Please tell us all the accomplishments Obama has done. Even the liberal idiots on Saturday Night Live say that's a joke. Keep posting ISPY, we're all getting a good laugh. Oh, and PETE, you accused congress of not letting Obama do what he wants to do. Is this the same congress now controlled by his own party, THE DEMOCRATS?

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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 07:05 am
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What accomplishments? This is

What accomplishments? This is what the debate is about nothing, because nothing has been done. Why do I feel like we are living in the Seinfeld era of politics? Obama's political show about nothing. Is doing nothing doing something for world peace?

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55 F-100 10/10/09 - 07:12 am
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So the mulatto muslim messiah

So the mulatto muslim messiah receives the Nobel Peace Prize, and I guess that his supporters can now contend that he has finally etched one mark in the plus column. I guess that the only requirements are to apologize to those who do not deserve any apology, and to bow to other muslim leaders. Did his teleprompter receive an award also?

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wizzardx1 10/10/09 - 07:15 am
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Ah, a personal attack.You are

Ah, a personal attack.You are a fine example of a good Christian ispy4u.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 07:22 am
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ispy..........how can we be

ispy..........how can we be sore losers if we weren't even trying to win the Nobel Prize? Again..why is asking WHAT DID HE DO considered "hating?" That old song and dance is getting very old.....argue the facts instead of calling those who question your messiah "haters" and "racists."

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bettyboop 10/10/09 - 07:28 am
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LOL....great cartoon!!!..come

LOL....great cartoon!!!..come on you guys you can reason till your blue in the face with these yahoos but they will still THINK the idiot has done something good..... it's the sheeple mentality.

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overburdened_taxpayer 10/10/09 - 07:54 am
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The Peace Prize has already

The Peace Prize has already gone to his head. According to Obama's spokesman Gibbs even after a three hour discussion with his war council the decision whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan is "weeks away". Well, Obama if you are just going to use our troops that are there for cannon fodder then just bring them home. I hate for the US to admit defeat but that is better than leaving the soldiers there and not giving them what they need to succeed. If you think America is beginning to lose faith in him now (he IS going down in the polls) then hang on because its just going to get worse now that America sees that he CAN'T make the tough decisions.

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CobaltGeorge 10/10/09 - 07:54 am
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Here it is, the answer to the

Here it is, the answer to the question "What has this great president accomplished? http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/oct2009/jim109.htm

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convertedsoutherner 10/10/09 - 08:16 am
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All these posts and still NO

All these posts and still NO accomplishments can be given for the time before he was nominated. If you can win on promises, they are made to be broken and prezbho has proven that to be true.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 08:21 am
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I promise to completely end

I promise to completely end war forever, and turn the world into a planet of brotherly love........................................where's my prize? Surly nobody else has promised anything so peace encompassing.

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wizzardx1 10/10/09 - 08:22 am
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CobaltGeorge;If all of that

CobaltGeorge;If all of that is true about the czars,we are in deep.It is sink or swim time.

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fred1217 10/10/09 - 08:23 am
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I thought being President for

I thought being President for nine months without starting preemptive wars or wars based mainly on faulty intelligence to benifit a company that your VP was the former CEO was a good accomplishment. Others have failed in that area. Not naming any names.

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CobaltGeorge 10/10/09 - 08:31 am
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wizzardx1, I think the USA is

wizzardx1, I think the USA is going to have a hard time swimming in this heavy muddy water.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 08:32 am
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So that was why he was

So that was why he was nominated 11 days into his term, huh fred? And why DON'T you try to name a President who started a preemptive war within 9 months of taking office.........we'll wait on you to do that.........I can't think of any,.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/10/09 - 08:32 am
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The Nobel prize committee

The Nobel prize committee couldn't give the award to George W. Bush for his "roadmap for peace in the Middle East". Bush promptly forgot about peace after he was reelected in 2004. Bush & Condi Rice failed to act to stop two Israeli wars & actually provided bombs, jet fuel & intelligence for Israel's rape of south Lebanon & Beirut in summer 2006. At least President Obama has called Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu & radical Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to task for failing to halt illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank & East Jerusalem. President Obama has a special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, working full time on the issue of peace. And don't forget that the Nobel prize committee follows Alfred Nobel's will regarding the grounds for awarding this prize. Alfred Nobel's will states this prize should go annually to the person who "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies & for the holding of peace congresses." The modern committee considers work toward the reduction of nuclear arsenals in the same light as the reduction of standing armies. Peace is the way! Shalom/Salam

fred1217
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fred1217 10/10/09 - 08:33 am
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I would like to congratulate

I would like to congratulate the Editorial Staff on softening their stance from yesterday. Aligning themselves with the Taliban on condemning President Obama's winning of the Nobel Prize probably wasn't going over to well with the hierarchy of the local Conservative Party. When you're agreeing with a Terrorist organization that wishes Death to America, something is probably flawed in your thinking and your sense of patriotism.

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