Friday, August 5, 2011

Take Back His Nobel Peace Prize

It is astounding when a warmonger receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

No such distinction should be awarded to the person who makes one error after another in international affairs, creates havoc and a rain of death upon innocents, with arrogance and a complete disdain for the resulting massive loss of life, destruction of cities, and countryside laid to waste. Those who turn ploughshares into swords should receive our condemnation, not our accolades.

I am still angry. It was a gross injustice. The Peace Prize is sometimes puzzling. (While the announcement of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature so often is met with “Who?”, the Peace Prize can make us recoil and cry, “Why?”)

He was embarrassingly ineligible to earn what should be an honor for major global initiatives and/or for a life’s work on behalf of peace.   

He gloats, knowing he did, indeed, have it both ways, even though he never fooled many of us. He got his wars, spreading terror and death across a growing number of Asian countries, overtly and covertly. Our young soldiers, if not cannon fodder sacrificed to “American interests,” returned home with shattered lives and limbs. Families grieve still. We left on their own soil a horrendous number of dead and maimed adults and children. Little girls with legs blown off and little boys left headless from American firepower.  And all for naught. The other side’s objectives were met. We were defeated. We fled.

In spite of the horrors we continually create on the international stage, sometimes even engineered by Nobel laureates, our government pretends to puzzle over why our foreign policy produces martyrs willing to avenge these cruelties.

It is not too late to take the historic, but belated step of rescinding his Nobel Peace Prize. Let it be done while he’s still alive. He won’t live much longer, resting comfortably in his Georgetown home, surrounded by his luxuries bought with the blood of so many. Leaving his books and Cognac and fancy furniture, he is limousined to studios to be interviewed as an “expert,” called upon by ignorant or uncaring media who actually think Henry Kissinger was a diplomatic success story, that he is now a respected, elder statesman. But many of us know better.  

Probably, he is able to sleep each night, un-conscience, having such sweet dreams, uninterrupted by screams of remembrance.

 And, Barack Obama, give back yours, too.

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