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I woke up to a text message from CNN that Obama had won the Nobel peace prize. First thought-- "Why? What did he do to earn it? Extend the Afghan war? Send thousands of storm trooper police to Pittsburgh for G-20?

According the the Norwegian Nobel Committee, he's won it for:

Announcement
The Norwegian Nobel Committee
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

...Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play.

...For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

http://nobelpeaceprize.org/...


Others refer to Obama's effort to reduce Nuclear weapons in the world.

Senior OEN editor Josh Mitteldorf posted an article announcing the award (notice that the word award is "war" with ad left over. How the mind wanders) and added a description, "Let us hope that inspires our new President to live up to the honor."

I thought how this award lowers the value of the Nobel Peace prize to those it's already been awarded to. That's not Obama's fault. But when the Nobel is awarded to a green president who hasn't found solid legs yet, hasn't taken a solid stand on war or torture or war crimes...

Danny Schecter had similar thoughts, writing,
"Never mind that he's involved in two wars and contemplating a third, President Obama snags the big peace prize even as he snubs the Dalai Lama, another Nobel laureate.

"Hmm.Will thus devalue the prize by further politicizing it, enhance skepticism, or give Barack a new sense of destiny?"
And the UK's TimesOnline headlines:
absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize

But maybe Josh is right. Maybe it will inspire Obama, who's proven to be a disappointment so far, to live up to the honor. Maybe it will give him an attitudinal boost so he finds more spine to represent the people who voted for him. Maybe it will get the right wing blowhards to STFU. Maybe it will give him the spine it takes to tell his DLC, right wing Dem advisors to STFU and maybe even leave.

Ironically, I feel little pride in this awarding of the Nobel. I don't think he deserves it. Sure, it's a nice image boost for the US and the Democrats, but it is a failure by the Nobel committee. If they had waited until Obama made his decision on Afghanistan, and he did the right thing-- stand up to a General with a hard-on for un-ending war, and all his backers, then Obama would have deserved it. I pray the Nobel committee knows something we don't know about Obama and Afghanistan.

Now, we have a "peace prize winning" president about to commit tens of thousands more troops to a never ending war in a country that has never been defeated.

Reuters reported, on October 7th,
"It's quite likely this committee will reward somebody who is engaged in current processes," said Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the International Peace Institute in Oslo (PRIO).
"They want the prize to have an impact on things that are about to happen and want to affect events," he told Reuters.
Let's hope the prize inspires Obama, not just to be a peace maker but also to be a stronger president who stands up to the corporations which have waged war against humanity. Maybe he'll pay attention to Justice Sotomayor's questions about corporate person hood and wage the good war, ending the longest war of human history-- and kill the right of corporations to be treated as persons.

Awarding the prize to someone who is older, whose work with war and the possibilities for peace is done is a passive act. Awarding the price to someone who has the potential to make a difference, well that's a bold step to take, a gamble. I still have a little hope that Obama will find his inner strength, cast off the corporate enablers rife throughout his administration and do the right things, maybe with Michelle Obama's inspiration. Maybe this award will help. Maybe it will remind him of what he could become-- a great man who goes down in history for standing up to the powerful tides and forces within and outside his party which pushed him to do more of the same. Maybe he will reject the garbage the corpsestream media spews, the pressure the lobbyists apply and the corruption and sold out humanity within the beltway.

Sometimes extraordinary things result when extraordinary acts are done. This could be one of those times. Let us hope.

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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I had hopes for President Obama too. The Afghanist... by August Adams on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 7:41:13 AM
That he should get the peace prize just for not be... by Michael Morris on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 8:15:19 AM
Congratulation to the whole Americans on this happ... by Muhammad Khurshid on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 8:50:48 AM
I wonder..He may be remembered as the first world ... by tjb on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:22:53 AM
appropriate considering how Mr. Nobel made his mon... by Archie on Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 at 4:24:56 PM
In May I posted a link to my story, "Obama is lyin... by Ann Garrison on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:25:13 AM
Well, there goes the Nobel Peace Prize... Another ... by doc on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:33:31 AM
Just give me a name of a recent previous winner wh... by BFalcon on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:01:01 AM
Obama joins an elite club that is nothing to crow ... by Starbuck on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:55:53 AM
The very first Nobel Peace Prize awarded to simply... by thomas unger on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:33:52 AM
I have to agree that this was a definite WTF momen... by G J Lau on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:38:39 AM
the Swedish?... by Archie on Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 at 4:28:07 PM
The committee is showing us that if we do not supp... by daveys on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:41:08 AM
the great leader! It's too bad that only a handful... by Mark Adams on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:41:23 AM
I agree, Mark, Obama needs to follow his words wit... by Bia Winter on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:00:17 AM
... if in any of the articles you have written, do... by Pesty on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:38:14 AM
Check out the Mike Gravel "National Initiative for... by Anton Grambihler on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 3:37:47 PM
I do not have a solution, these might possibly wor... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:06:58 AM
I do not have a solution, these might possibly wor... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:11:37 AM
Perhaps the Committee was hoping that if it gave O... by Joel Myron on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:41:28 AM
And it is OBOMBA's duty ... by abe ramsay on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 1:50:03 PM
opinion and to base their policy beliefs and strat... by Steven Leser on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 5:15:02 PM
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on what others have told you and not based on dire... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 at 10:52:15 PM
No more hope. I don't think that having 500,000 so... by Elaine Brower on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:41:32 AM
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...I DID just hear Obamam say he's as surprised as... by Bia Winter on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:18:33 AM
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The Nobel Peace Prize Committee just dumbed down t... by Mad Jayhawk on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:22:56 AM
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I had the same reaction, proud that an American wo... by Joe Walsh on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:28:00 AM
Rob's criticisms of President Obama's performance... by LiveFree on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:28:40 AM
...... the complete change of direction in US fore... by Pesty on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:27:58 AM
Who knows, maybe they think some day he will do so... by Gallaher on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:31:22 AM
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This is antoher attempt by the elite to give the i... by Michael Lee on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:41:05 AM
Nothing substantive will come of this. It is anoth... by Ivan Hentschel on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:41:35 AM
I was thinking many of the same thoughts you have ... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:57:45 AM
Rob did a nice job and was commendably kind in his... by Pesty on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:13:00 AM
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If I'm overdrawn at the bank, I have to pay a fee ... by Lynn Petrovich on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:43:17 AM
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I for one would turn them, down (or accept for the... by Jesse Mathewson on Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 at 11:54:22 AM
This is a presidentis actively engaged in waging i... by Carol Davidek-Waller on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:19:06 PM
Obama has potential but he has not shown himself t... by Rolland Miller on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:33:58 PM
a war monger, an anti-constitutionalist and fascis... by richard on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 1:49:34 PM
...that the President gets a Peace Prize while ant... by Terry Adcock on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:37:17 PM
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I grew up believing in the American way... but ove... by Devaron DLH on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 1:07:59 PM
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