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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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Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 09:14 pm
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Cordie, let them talk amongst

Cordie, let them talk amongst themselves. We certainly cannot help them by trying to answer their questions. It's like those 3 monkeys sitting there going see no evil, hear no evil and smell no evil; but still without an idea how the world is changing around them.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 09:15 pm
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"We certainly cannot help

"We certainly cannot help them by trying to answer their questions."...........when have you even tried?

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 09:15 pm
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Mrs Niko, what is it like to

Mrs Niko, what is it like to be of the ignorant sheeple? I must say you are the queen. Humor us on your ideology!

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 09:17 pm
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You're the most unhappy

You're the most unhappy sounding individual that is sooo obvious. I'll bet you cry quickly too.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 09:21 pm
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Mrs. Niko, why did you fold

Mrs. Niko, why did you fold when the ACES called you out? Must be hard to be YELLOW!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/10/09 - 09:22 pm
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If ignorance is bliss....Niko

If ignorance is bliss....Niko and her crew are in paradise!

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 09:33 pm
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Niki, I hope you have looks,

Niki, I hope you have looks, cause you ain't getting by on intelligence.

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corgimom 10/10/09 - 09:54 pm
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For all the people who bash

For all the people who bash Democrats and Republicans- you are the same ones who claim to be so patriotic and believe in the Constitution and our form of government. If you like Obama, great. If you don't like him, great. The alternative is to have one party in power- that's called dictatorship. We aren't supposed to all like the President. We are supposed to have two parties. We are supposed to have different opinions.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 10:03 pm
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Well Grassy, you are just not

Well Grassy, you are just not even getting by are you? President Obama is in the White House and you got nothing. Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House and Newt is thrice divorced and living in a van down by the river. Limbaugh has lost weight and his mind as well. And Bush is hiding out in Dallas, like Cheney used to do when he was at an undisclosed location. he, he, he. You losers are funny.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 10:05 pm
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Oh and by the way, I am very

Oh and by the way, I am very very beautiful.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 10:08 pm
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We are not in Paradise, but

We are not in Paradise, but we are in the White House and have control of the Congress as well. What you have? No bliss, but plenty of ignorance and you are big losers too. And you have to wait a whole year just to have a small election. Losers are always looking up to the winners. Hello down there!

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 10:11 pm
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Republicants can't. They

Republicants can't. They just can't. They want to but they can't. They rant but they can't. They hope but they can't. They just can't do anything. Got can't? Yes they do.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 10:23 pm
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lol Tigger at 9:22. I think

lol Tigger at 9:22. I think they may be one in the same. Can that many different people be so ignorant? Oh wait, "Yes They Can!",... that's how Obama got elected!

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 10:38 pm
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LOL Tigger? No way, she is

LOL Tigger? No way, she is so sad. Losers are always sad and complaining that they can't have their way. That's why they are Republican'ts. They just can't, but they can say NO. That's all they can do, nothing. So take a stand, because that's all you'll do stand there and take it. You're all big LOSERS.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/10/09 - 10:39 pm
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Good Night to the

Good Night to the Republican't Losers, and Sleep Well ye democratic winners & champions!!!!!!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 10:46 pm
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Yeah its nothing more than a

Yeah its nothing more than a contest to a simple mind.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 10/10/09 - 11:22 pm
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We are not "supposed to have

We are not "supposed to have two parties". There can be more than two parties.

apex24
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apex24 10/10/09 - 11:22 pm
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Mash, you just can't help

Mash, you just can't help yourself, can you?????

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/11/09 - 06:20 am
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Niko, I see you kept them on

Niko, I see you kept them on the rope with the predictable Baroness chiming in at the end. Job well done.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/11/09 - 06:29 am
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ispy4u;From what I know of

ispy4u;From what I know of the Bible,only God can know what is in a person's heart and only God can condemn one to hell.From your post to me,you must think you are God.Since you think you are God,don't you have better things to do than berate me for my opinion of an earthly prize?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/11/09 - 06:33 am
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ispy4u;coward!

ispy4u;coward!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/11/09 - 06:38 am
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ispy4u;I hope you will go to

ispy4u;I hope you will go to church today and reveal yourself as God-been waiting a long time for you to return.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/11/09 - 06:41 am
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Wizzard, you and GOD and the

Wizzard, you and GOD and the same sentence is blasphemy. Coward?Yeah, I am shaking in my boots as I get ready for work.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/11/09 - 06:41 am
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ispy4u; I think the real God

ispy4u; I think the real God is angry with you for worshipping hussein.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/11/09 - 06:42 am
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I guess you are GOD, since

I guess you are GOD, since you seem to think that I left in the first place?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/11/09 - 06:43 am
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ispy4u;You are the one

ispy4u;You are the one claiming to BE God

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/11/09 - 06:45 am
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Never claimed such a thing.

Never claimed such a thing. However your clever attempt at attacking the President with your comment about " The road to hell is paved with good intentions" did not get by me.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/11/09 - 06:48 am
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you stated that you knew "I

you stated that you knew "I have NO good intentions" THAT is claiming to know what is in my heart

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/11/09 - 06:49 am
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Before you leave for Church

Before you leave for Church this morning, take a long look in the mirror, the reflect back on some of your posts. If you do not have any problems with your " Intentions" when you posted them, then so be it. As "for worshipping Hussein", using your analogy, I guess I do not worship him any more than you do Bush, Wilson,Palin and the almighty Reagan.Have a good day. I will catch you later.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/11/09 - 06:49 am
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you also stated that you knew

you also stated that you knew that I was going to hell

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