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Peace Prize as a Call to Action for the World

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Update: December 10, 2009 War and Peace?

“My task here is to continue on the path that I believe is not only important for America, but important for lasting peace in the world,” Obama said. His goals include stabilizing Afghanistan, mobilizing an international effort to deal with terrorism and combating climate change.

For the whole article, visit NPR’s Obama Defends U.S. Wars As He Accepts Nobel Prize.

Updated October 12, 2009

At a brief address on the front lawn of the White House this morning, President Obama accepted the award of the Nobel Peace Prize “as a call to action—a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.” Does President Obama deserve this award now? This is perhaps the first question that comes to mind upon hearing the news. Even President Obama judges himself undeserving “to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.”

Given what seems to be his life purpose, I believe he is deserving. However, there is still time needed to assess his actual achievements towards peace. Two obvious, top-of-mind areas of long-needed “peaceful” progress are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the outcomes of these conflicts are tenuous and mired in complexity, we are in the middle of creating this history. Ultimately, time will judge how deserving President Obama is of today’s honor.

I have complete faith that Obama’s genuine intentions lead him to work for cooperation and best possible outcomes among a diversity of world views and motivations (which ultimately equates to peace). Can he effectively activate these good and genuine intentions? Can he successfully achieve the cooperation the world needs for peaceful outcomes?

These are questions that will be answered not only by the actions of our president, but also by the actions of leaders of other nations around the world. Cooperation does not come from one source; it is co-operative, necessitating genuine intentions for the best possible outcomes among a diversity of world views from the very holders of those world views.

As reflected in his speech this morning, he is fully aware that, “These challenges can’t be met by any one leader or any one nation.” So, in the end, how will we judge how deserving or not President Obama is? This reminds me that the success of any one of us is not based solely on our own efforts. We need a certain amount of cooperation for any success at all.

To view and hear President Obama’s six-minute reaction to the award, please visit THE BLOG: Building a World that “Gives LIfe to the Promise of Our Founding Documents”.

Related article: Nobel Surprise, by Hendrik Hertzberg

Graphic courtesy of P/\UL 

© Julie Pierce and Brittle Skillet, 2009-2011.

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Written by Julie Pierce

October 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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  1. Thanks for this, Julie. I’m so annoyed by all the negativity the press is giving this amazing news. It should make all Americans proud. Except the ones who hate peace, I guess.

    Anne R. Allen

    October 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    • There does seem to be a very curious mix of emotions over the event of this award. Thanks for your comment, Anne.

      Julie A. Pierce

      October 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm

  2. Let’s hear it for Peace! Thanks for mentioning your latest post. I heard a recent commentary that Obama has been making statements around the world about foreign policy and moving toward peaceful agreements in various countries, but some of the targeted countries have yet to meet him half way. Let’s hope he keeps at it. It will take time for the rest of the world to take America seriously again after all the damage of the previous administration.

    Ann Sonnen

    October 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm

  3. Yes, still a message of hope – hope he keeps at it and hope that policy makers around the world will come to understand the requirement for cooperation. Thanks for your comment, Ann.

    Julie A. Pierce

    October 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm


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