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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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Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 12:06 pm
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Most of my friends voted for

Most of my friends voted for him and is also happy with his ENERGY AND WORK FOR THIS COUNTRY. Posted by Cordie on Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:03 PM------------------------- What has he done? Examples please.

laprince
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laprince 10/10/09 - 12:13 pm
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first black

first black president...enough said!!! peace, peace and peace.... noble peace to alllll you trouble makers and critics....you critic haters are the very reason he got it!!! god is the master of the universe and you better believe he is in control!!!! congrats to the president!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KSL 10/10/09 - 12:19 pm
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Cordie, when his Medicare

Cordie, when his Medicare cuts start affecting you and your friends, you may have a different opinion of Obama. And when the inflation as a result of his huge deficits hits those on fixed incomes, wait, you'll probably blame Bush.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/10/09 - 12:23 pm
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'first black

'first black president'...enough said??? His mother was white so he is 50% white. His father was only about 16% black and supposedly the rest Arab. So why is he the 'first black president'?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 12:28 pm
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I'd hate to think that my

I'd hate to think that my only accomplishment was based on my race.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 12:32 pm
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That is called pride Tigger,

That is called pride Tigger, something many on the left can not comprehend! lol What they consider pride, most intelligent people call handouts!

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 10/10/09 - 12:44 pm
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WINNING the Nobel Prize says

WINNING the Nobel Prize says it all - like a lucky lottery winner, President Obama WON the prize - he for sure did not EARN it.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 12:51 pm
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Obama himself, said he didn't

Obama himself, said he didn't earn it....but his sheep are STILL trying to say he did! LMAO!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 01:09 pm
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I know right Tigger. Doesn't

I know right Tigger. Doesn't that just kill you. I applaud him for that acknowledgement. I think it was a premature unwanted pressure put on him. Though I do not agree with most of his policies, some are not that bad and I hope it doesn't cloud his judgement or persuade him when he needs to make difficult decisions reguarding war. No one wants war, but sometimes it is a necessity. Too bad his sheeple can't comrehend.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 10/10/09 - 01:26 pm
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Why is Arafat always brought

Why is Arafat always brought up as being a terrorist who won the Peace prize and never a word about Menachem Begin who won it as well and was also a terrorist? King David Hotel bombing, look it up.

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corgimom 10/10/09 - 01:26 pm
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Maybe Jimmy Carter nominated

Maybe Jimmy Carter nominated him, he doesn't like Obama...

coffeymate
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coffeymate 10/10/09 - 01:36 pm
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For everyone with

For everyone with intelligence, please recognize the fact the only comments being acknowledged are negative from people who live under ground. It wa a proud day for our country when President Obama, and like it or not, he is president, received the Nobel Prize.

I know you have heard the rhetoric, but it is going to at least 4 years to put new policies in place to undo those of the Bush administration. So... if you are not sure of what you are saying, or if you are band wagoning, please sit down and come back out in about 9 years.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 01:39 pm
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Classic "Bush derangement

Classic "Bush derangement syndrome" there, coffeymate. What did he do to earn the prize...enlighten us!.

mable8
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mable8 10/10/09 - 01:48 pm
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The big O has done NOTHING to

The big O has done NOTHING to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize; he even admits it himself, but he sure isn't turning down the prize money. And his beloved little footlikkers, the czars, are groveling to make him shine while protecting his earnings so he won't have to share it with the poor. The big O's definition for "redistributing the wealth" is for everyone but his dishonest, lying self.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/10/09 - 02:05 pm
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'a proud day for our

'a proud day for our country'? We are becoming the joke around the country. Over 500 posts and still the fawning followers haven't been able to enlighten us about any 'greatness' or 'excellent work' prezbho has done or even did to get nominated let alone get the peace prize.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/10/09 - 02:10 pm
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A socialist country with a

A socialist country with a socialist committe giving a prize to the socialist, prezbho. Is that what the followers are proud to see?

lord griggs1947
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lord griggs1947 10/10/09 - 02:21 pm
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LiveandLetlive, amen and

LiveandLetlive, amen and indeed! His wingnut detractors- left and iight- are so irrelebant1 Rushbo is with the Taliban now1 Using his lack of logic, we can definitely state that he is indeed one with them! For such as he, he can love this nation or he can go live amongst the Taliban, his kind of people!They are indeed his fellow theocons!
Bleat and weep!

lord griggs1947
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lord griggs1947 10/10/09 - 02:21 pm
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LiveandLetlive, amen and

LiveandLetlive, amen and indeed! His wingnut detractors- left and iight- are so irrelebant1 Rushbo is with the Taliban now1 Using his lack of logic, we can definitely state that he is indeed one with them! For such as he, he can love this nation or he can go live amongst the Taliban, his kind of people!They are indeed his fellow theocons!
Bleat and weep!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 02:25 pm
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Hmmmmmmmmmmm....I've never

Hmmmmmmmmmmm....I've never been irrelebant1 or a theocon before. at least I don't think I have..........since I don't know what that is.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/10/09 - 02:37 pm
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The Nobel Prize committee has
Unpublished

The Nobel Prize committee has nominated Hillary Clinton for the next Nobel Peace Prize, for losing the nomination so Obama could win. News at 11.

daddyfrog1
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daddyfrog1 10/10/09 - 03:55 pm
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The Nobel Prize has turned

The Nobel Prize has turned into a political thing.The world knows that.President Obama was very gracious about accepting the award, and the money is going to charity.By giving the award to our President the Nobel Committee said(probably without realizing it),"America stands peace". Of course if you blow up our buildings & kill our people then you've got a problem.He got the award, big deal,lets move on and solve some real problems.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 04:00 pm
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How do you know the money

How do you know the money goes to charity?

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 10/10/09 - 04:33 pm
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Probably to one of the ACORN

Probably to one of the ACORN subsidies (charities).

robbie1
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robbie1 10/10/09 - 04:53 pm
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Good post, Howcanweknow. If

Good post, Howcanweknow. If the President is successful in his goals regarding peace, then he will be worthy of the award. Giving it to him right now just cheapens it. Then again, after seeing someone get it for a global myth, I am not surprised.

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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 04:53 pm
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Just talk amongst yourselves.

Just talk amongst yourselves.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/10/09 - 04:55 pm
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Hey Folks - Here's a thought.

Hey Folks - Here's a thought. I think Obama should call Bush and thank him. Because Bush more than anybody else is responsible for Obama getting the Noble Prize. Here's how, Bush and Cheney pulled the county down into a cesspool of deeds uninvestigated yet, orchestrated at least one unjustified war, violated more American civil liberties than Lincoln did in the war 1861 - 1865, and wrecked the country's economy too. Prescription Drug Part D to his credit but otherwise he's probably the worst wrecking act in this country's history. Even before he left office the nation's historians had him on the worst ever list. ANYBODY can look GREAT if they're a change from the Bush crowd. He'll be a hero by just showing up. All he has to do is smile, give a speech and assure people " we shall overcome," all is not despair and " Yes We Can " clean up this mess. Tah-dah an instant success.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 05:01 pm
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gaspringwater....can you back

gaspringwater....can you back ANY of your libel up with some verifiable facts?

robbie1
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robbie1 10/10/09 - 05:25 pm
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Facts would just confuse him

Facts would just confuse him

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55 F-100 10/10/09 - 05:45 pm
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laprince............the

laprince............the correct term in reference to Prezbhojangles is "mulatto".............which denotes the first generation offspring af a negro and a caucasian. In the future if you want to be grammatically correct remember the word "mulatto".

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 05:49 pm
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No Tigger, I doubt it, and do

No Tigger, I doubt it, and do not hold your breath waiting on her/him to answer any questions. I didn't get any of my questions answered, just more nonsense. I should have known when his/her first post in the other article began with... "I agree with justus4" hahaha

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