“The US president is in Oslo to receive an award that many thought premature. Misgivings have increased since he announced a troop surge in Afghanistan. Follow updates from his visit here throughout the day”. That’s from the Guardian’s News Blog by Mark Tran.
Misgivings! I ask you. I can think of a great many words to describe the decision to award the Nobel Peace prize on the basis merely of a candidate’s promises and many more to describe the incredible hypocrisy of Barack Obama accepting it just after having decided to send yet another wave of US troops to Afghanistan to kill even more Afghans but, the word misgivings would very certainly not be among them.
War creates peace, says Obama and that he has only just started on his labours in the world. Well, looks like we’ll be damn lucky if there are any of us left by the time he has finished – perhaps that is what he means by peace.