In his Nobel Peace Prize speech, President Obama deftly distanced himself and his office from pacifist traditions as a President with responsibilities consistent with empire must do, says Gene Stoltzfus. But the challenge of peacemaking goes deeper than political machinations.
Protesters turned out in force in New York and elsewhere yesterday to remind Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama that war is not justifiable, and to oppose his 30,000-strong troop surge in Afghanistan.
The US President Barack Obama has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation”. Campaigners welcomed the news but urged Obama to live up to the Prize.