Barack Obama has not won the Nobel Peace Prize as a reward for his
peacemaking efforts, rather, it has been bestowed upon him to
encourage peace across the world, the Christian Science Monitor
The report quoted Gro Holm, the senior commentator on
foreign affairs at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp., as saying that
the prize committee was probably trying to put pressure on him to
deliver on the promise of greater international peace and stability.
“You can’t overlook the fact that Bush was hugely
unpopular here, and that Obama has turned that trend around. My
14-year-old daughter was up all night watching election returns
because of Obama,” he said.
On Friday, the Nobel committee’s announcement to
award the prestigious prize to a promising American president who
has spent less than a year in office left many puzzled.
The decision was questioned even more since Obama is
also the commander-in-chief of the Afghan and Iraq wars, as well as
ongoing lower-scale US military efforts in Pakistan, the Horn of
Africa, and the Philippines.
However, Obama’s decision to negotiate with Iran over
its nuclear program and promises to revive the Middle Eastern peace
process have rescued America’s image on the global platform.
Obama’s decision to cancel a planned missile-shield
system in Eastern Europe was also widely praised.
The Norwegian Nobel committee clearly has something
greater in mind than simply giving Obama a $1 million high-five for
being such a popular guy, the report concludes.