John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Ten random things: October 9

Ten recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize
  1. International Committee of the Red Cross, "[for] its action throughout this war [holding] aloft the fundamental conceptions of the solidarity of the human race, and the identity of the vital interests of different nations and of the need for true understanding and reconciliation"
  2. The United Nations, "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world"
  3. Sir Norman Angell, "Writer; Member, Executive Committee of the League of Nations and of National Peace Council"
  4. Christian Lous Lange, "Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union"
  5. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, "Bishop of Johannesburg; former Secretary General, South African Council of Churches"
  6. Barack Obama, "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"
  7. Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov, "[for his] struggle for human rights, for disarmament, and for cooperation between all nations"
  8. John, Lord Boyd-Orr of Brechin, "Physician; Alimentary Politician; Prominent organizer and Director, General Food and Agricultural Organization; President, National Peace Council and World Union of Peace Organizations"
  9. Yitzhak Rabin, "for [his] efforts to create peace in the Middle East"
  10. Fredrik Bajer, "[for his] work in the Inter-Parliamentary Union with being the first president of the International Peace Bureau"

I think I speak for everyone when I say, "Barack Obama?" I mean, I think he's doing a fine job as President, but it seems a little early in his term to make any sweeping conclusions about his contributions to the cause of world peace. Granted, he has done more to promote "fraternity between nations" in ten months than his predecessor did in 96, but "better than George Bush" is not a very rigorous standard by which to judge someone. Also, last time I checked, this country was conducting large-scale military actions in two different countries, and not the peaceful kind of action. Still, good on him for being the first sitting head of state to win the award since Rabin 1994.

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