Why do you think US President Barack Obama was awarded
the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize? Here are
some answers to that question to consider. You may agree with some,
or you may not.
Here is what the Nobel Prize
stated when the award was presented to President Obama.
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"We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth that we
will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be
times when nations - acting individually or in concert - will find the
use of force not only necessary but morally justified ... Where force is
necessary, we have a moral and strategic interest in binding ourselves
to certain rules of conduct. And even as we confront a vicious adversary
that abides by no rules, I believe that the United States of America
must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war. That is what makes
us different from those whom we fight. That is a source of our strength.
That is why I prohibited torture. That is why I ordered the prison at
Guantanamo Bay closed. And that is why I have reaffirmed America's
commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions. We lose ourselves when we
compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those
ideals by upholding them not just when it is easy, but when it is hard."
- Barack Obama