By Micah David Naziri
Barely into his first year of his first term, President Obama said that he was “surprised and deeply humbled” by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
The committee said it honored Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Obama said he viewed the decision less as a recognition of his own accomplishments and more as “a call to action.”
The decision appeared to catch most observers by surprise. Nominations for the prize had to be postmarked by February 1, only 12 days after Obama took office. The committee sent out its solicitation for nominations last September, two months before Obama was elected president.
Since then, Obama’s “call to action” has translated into new wars, on new fronts, empowering and arming rebels which US intelligence sources say are linked with or are themselves terrorist groups.
In her interview with Dissenting Opinion magazine, former Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney explains that the war against Libya was geared towards demolishing the newly forming “United States of Africa,” which Qaddafi was a central force in bringing together. Following the Libyan war, the world discovered that the US had in fact armed terrorists to overthrow the nation, and dismantle the United States of Africa. Now we are being told that the United States will do the same thing with the Syrian rebels… but this time, we are told, the White House has got it right.
There is no question that Bashar Al-Assad is a bad guy. His father was a bad guy as well. In the 1982 Hama massacre, Hafez al-Assad killed more civilians than all of the casualties – military and civilian alike – in the Israel and Palestine conflicts from 1948 to today. In the past year, Bashar has out done him…
But the problem is, the rebels in Syria are generally not “good” guys either. The atrocities and war crimes of such groups have been widely reported and documented. But not all of the rebel groups are the same, nor are the fighting for the same things. The problem is, the United States has proven incapable or unwilling to distinguish between “good” rebel groups and “bad” ones. Still, we are being told that we need to trust the White House in their decision to send more military weapons to these rebel groups.
At home, very few US citizens are buying what the White House is selling. After all of the President’s talk about gun control, we have seen more groups associated with terrorist groups armed in the short five years, thus far, of the Nobel Peace Prize President’s tenure than we have seen in a very long time.
All of this has left a very bad taste in the mouths of those who voted for Obama based on his promises to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camps within just weeks of taking office, and to end the war in Iraq by March 2009, rather than ending it when former president Bush said. Many voters thought they were getting less war with Obama, but instead, we have gotten more wars, more drone strikes on people who we are told to just trust the White House must have been terrorists, including US citizens assassinated without due process. Meanwhile Obama retains the Nobel “Peace” Prize in perhaps the cruelest of ironies.