December this year will see the Eye of the Hurricane over Copenhagen, not Oslo.
While US President Barak Hussein Obama has said he will travel to Norway to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, neighboring Denmark will host the biggest and most important Climate Change Conference ever from December 7 to 18.
Obama has declared he will NOT go to Copenhagen to take part in these most important talks. Can you imagine that?!
As I’ve already pointed out very thoroughly, all the motivations given from the Nobel Committee for awarding Mr Obama the Peace Prize are 100% invalid. While we can argue and discuss whether his presidency thus far has been a peaceful one or not, it CANNOT BE ARGUED that it took place in 2008. And the Statutes for the Prize are very clear: The work that qualifies for the Peace Prize MUST be done by December 31, 2008. It says so in the very first paragraph – §1 – and its very first sentence. So there is absolutely no doubt that Alfred Nobel considered this crucial point to be an important one.
The good work had to be DONE, it was not to be a wishy-washy vision of something one MIGHT have done if one had the time and resources, somewhere in the future.
So dear Mr Obama, you do not deserve this prize. Not at all. Not because your presidency is not a peaceful one – that remains to be seen – but simply because it did not take place in 2008 or any past years that could qualify for such a golden prize.
And even though you may end up going to Oslo anyhow, not to upset those Norwegians who gave you this honor, you should at least make a day-trip down south to Copenhagen, to show the world that you actually care enough about the Climate Crises and Our Common Future on this planet to actually be present.
If only for a snappy photo op with leaders from the rest of the world.
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