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Comment II
Last Updated: 10/14/2009
Statement on the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
David Krieger

Obama should use the moral support of the Nobel prize to bolster his efforts to eliminate nuclear arms in our time.


When the Nobel Committee announced the awarding of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama they indicated that they “attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”  There is no doubt that Obama’s vision has brought new hope to this issue so critical for humanity’s future.  It is clear that without America’s leadership it will not be possible to make serious progress on the elimination of nuclear weapons and, as president, Obama has expressed his commitment to that leadership.

Barack Obama is a purveyor of hope and this was recognized by the Nobel Committee.  “Only very rarely,” they said, “has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.”  That hope is an inspiration to action to bolster cooperation among nations and change the world. 

In commenting on the award, Obama was humble about his accomplishments and about being in the company of “the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.”  He said he would accept the award “as a call to action, a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.” 

President Obama drew attention to the dangers of nuclear proliferation “in which the terror of a nuclear holocaust endangers more people.”  He indicated that this was the reason that America had “begun to take concrete steps to pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”  He could have, but did not, point with pride to his recent leadership at the United Nations Security Council resulting in a unanimous council resolution on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.

Only one comment of the president in response to the award struck a discordant note, and that was his reiteration of his statement in Prague that the elimination of nuclear weapons may not be completed in his lifetime.  He should be careful about lowering expectations on this most critical of all issues for the human future.  In this context, he should bolster his own hope, along with the hopes of people across the globe, of achieving this goal within a far more compressed timeframe.

David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. More articles at www.wagingpeace.org


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