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He must return the Nobel Peace Prize; a prize reserved for peacemakers

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Why in the world did the Nobel Committee award their peace prize to President Barack Obama? The prize, according to the Nobel guidelines, is to be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses." Just one thing is wrong with their decision. Mr. Obama, based on those guidelines, does not qualify.

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While he had a great opportunity just recently to justify that award, he chose not to do so when he decided to once again escalate the Afghanistan War by adding another 30,000 to 35,000 more troops. That in no way can be interpreted as a decision a peacemaker would make. He is escalating a war; he is not ending it. The only way to even begin the process of trying to find a way to peace in Afghanistan is to remove our troops.

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The second question is: Why in the world did Barack Obama accept this prestigious humanitarian award when, in his heart, he must fully realize that he neither qualifies nor deserves it? Does he seriously believe that he belongs in the company of these former prize winners all dedicated promoters of peace in our world?

1993 Nelson Mandela President of the ANC (African National Congress), then President of the Republic of South Africa. In accepting said, "We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social system whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people."

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