Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina
From the Link above:
My bad. I misunderstood the reasoning behind awarding this Prize, and thought it
would have been for something that someone would have had to have actually
accomplished before being nominated...or for something they'd actually done
themselves. I learned something new today.
Can someone please nominate me today? I've got a year to do something before
these Prizes are doled out again next.
That is not always the case, Ron. Sometimes the Committee gives the peace prize more as an encouragement, in the hope that it will stimulate the person to reach untold heights.
I remember when we were living in Britain, one year they gave the Peace Prize to two Irish female activists (one Catholic, one Protestant), who were trying to put an end to the Protestant Catholic violence. It was quite a surprise. Their movement was showing a lot of promise and I think they awarded the Nobel Prize based upon that.
As it turned out, the movement fizzled out, didnít come to anything. But that doesnít mean that the decision to award them the Nobel Prize was wrong.
Obama has set a new tone on international scene, has signaled a shift in US foreign policy, from being the schoolyard bully who threatens and tries to intimidate anybody who disagrees with him, to a kind of group leader, motivational leader, who tries to bring out the best in people. And already the polls indicate that the opinion of USA abroad has undergone a remarkable shift, now it is much more favorable towards USA.
I think the Committee is saying, well done, and keep up the good work.