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Freedom Rider: Revoke Obama’s Peace Prize

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by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Never in living memory has a Noble Peace Prize recipient gone on to cause more death and misery than Barack Obama, who now puts hits on U.S. citizens. His foreign policy “successes,” as rated by his supporters, all involve assassinations – he is The Assassinator. Moammar Gaddfi is a singular victim, but so are thousands of Black Libyans and migrants. His killer drones operate in at least six countries, and his Special Forces in more than 75. Meanwhile, WikiLeak’s Julian Assange, who revealed U.S. global crimes, “probably faces a future extradition to the United States when he ought to be honored by the world community.” The whole nation of Norway should be mortified.

 

Freedom Rider: Revoke Obama’s Peace Prize

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The president has presided over one of the most violent eras in the recent history of American international relations.”

Every year the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestows its peace prize on esteemed persons and organizations who, “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” In general, recipients are deserving of the honor, with such luminaries as Dr. Martin Luther King and organizations such as Doctors Without Borders among the long list of laureates.

Occasionally however, the committee has a lot to answer for, as was the case when Henry Kissinger was the prize recipient in 1973. He was honored for his role in the negotiations which ended the Vietnam war, but by that time Kissinger’s actions as National Security Adviser and then Secretary of State had caused the deaths of over one million people in Southeast Asia.

Two years ago, true peace makers were dismayed to learn that Barack Obama was named the 2009 peace prize winner. Giddy at the site of a black man becoming president of the United States, the prize nominators lost any collective wisdom they may have had and awarded the prize for peace to the man who oversees a war machine larger than that of the rest of the nations of the world combined and he has subsequently proven that he has no qualms about utilizing it.

Obama did not disappoint the people around the world who were mystified by the choice. In his award speech he essentially said that he should not have been the person receiving the medal on that day. The unworthy winner spent most of his speech talking about the need for war. Orwell’s words, “War is peace,” were prescient.

The prize nominators lost any collective wisdom they may have had and awarded the prize for peace to the man who oversees a war machine larger than that of the rest of the nations of the world combined.”

If the Norwegian committee wasn’t listening to critics in 2009, they ought to be questioning their decision now. In 2011 alone, Obama ordered the death of Osama bin Laden without any intention of capturing and trying him. Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, was never given the due process to which he was entitled, but U.S. drones killed him as surely as the Navy SEALS killed bin Laden.

The president’s killing spree didn’t end with the elder al-Awlaki. His sixteen year old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, also an American citizen, was obliterated by a drone just two weeks after his father’s death. Obama claims to have the right to kill American citizens based on secretly drawn up criteria which aside from strategic placed leaks to the media, have not been publicly divulged.

With these killings fresh in the world’s consciousness, the horrific end of Moammar Gaddafi was seen the world over. For those with the stomach to watch, videos of his killing and then his dead, mutilated body were viewed all over the world. His end did not come directly at the hands of the United States, but Barack Obama and his NATO allies were surely responsible. They took it upon themselves to decide the fate of an entire nation, and overthrew one government in favor of another. In the process Libyans were subjected to sanctions and bombing incursions which killed an unknown number of them. Both black Libyans and migrants from other African nation were the targets of lynch mob violence at the hands of the “rebels” supported by Barack Obama.

There are many other examples of the peace prize laureate’s not so peaceful ways. From lies and threats against Iran to ever escalating wars of terror in Somalia and Pakistan, the president has presided over one of the most violent eras in the recent history of American international relations.

Obama claims to have the right to kill American citizens based on secretly drawn up criteria which aside from strategic placed leaks to the media, have not been publicly divulged.”

The Norwegian committee does not have a mechanism to withdraw an award once it is given, but they should seriously consider doing so. If they are truly people of conscience, they must know that they violated the ethos upon which the prize was based when Obama’s name topped the list of nominees.

It is true that combat troops are due to leave Iraq by the end of this year, but only because of an agreement requiring the withdrawal which was signed by George W. Bush. The withdrawal also comes after eight years of terror inflicted upon the Iraqis, and neither man deserves credit for undoing what ought never to have taken place. When the Obama worshippers try to make the case for their useless paeans of praise, it must be pointed out that the Iraqis refused to give the United States military immunity to commit more crimes. The false idol wanted to keep more troops and allow them to continue doing as they pleased, namely killing Iraqis on the flimsiest of whims.

It is curious that people who have genuinely suffered for peace like Mordechai Vanunu have never been honored. Vanunu confirmed that Israel has a secret nuclear stockpile, and that government imprisoned him for eighteen years and continues to keep him under house arrest seven years after his release. Julian Assange and Wikileaks revealed that Iraqi civilians were slaughtered by American troops and that our government told numerous lies to cover up these atrocities. Assange probably faces a future extradition to the United States when he ought to be honored by the world community.

The committee needs to do some serious soul searching and then do what they have never done before. They must inform the president of the United States that he has to return a medal he was given in Oslo in 2009.

Norway, take back that prize!

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.com.

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Scariest Hallowe'en Eveeeer ! ! !

To add to Ms. Beverly's outstanding remarks:

The president addressed the American public several weeks ago, proclaiming that the "bankers broke no laws."

Next, he signs the three "free trade" agreements written in the Bush administration; the South Korean agreement screwing both the American and South Korean workers, whereby the majority of the jobs go to North Korean slave labor camps, while the Panamanian agreement simply allows corporations and multinationals to avoid paying taxes (Panama has no corporate taxes) by routing the paperwork through Panama, plus the egregious Columbian agreement, more lost jobs, while bringing Columbia in tighter with the WTO framework.

Next his administration jails an EPA whistleblower helper, while never arresting and jailing any of the law-breaking banksters.

Finally, the Geo. W. Obama administration withdraws from UNESCO due to long overdue Palestinian involvement with that organization.

A scarey Hallowe'en indeed!

Notes:

http://corporatecrimereporter.com/jongrand10302011.htm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/31/unesco-backs-palestinian-membership

Beverly is correct.

The person murdered in Pakistan was most certainly not Osama bin Laden and even a cursory look at the available evidence bears this out. Most likely Osama died in December 2001 and the person killed in Pakistan was the C.I.A. body double that they have been using for years to make fake bin Laden videos to release at politically opportune times. Whoever it was we can be sure of one thing: it was not Osama bin Laden.

Nixon is Obama's hero

Nixon said that "if the president does it, its not illegal". Seemingly , Obama took his words to heart. HIlary Clinton is a modern day Ribontrop, but who can bring her and Obama to justice?

Remember Norway Participated in FUK-US NATO's Assault on Libya

Despite Norway's image of a 'liberal-progressive' country- Norway is part of NATO & thus actively participated FUK-US NATO assault on Libya! And though it's the country of the Nobel Peace Prize- they've given it to some real questionable folk like: War-criminal Heinz Kissinger.., Leader of a gang accused of a terrorist / mass murder- Menakhem Begin.., -&- of course the US' newest War-Criminal / Peace-Prize Winner- Pres O-bomb-em, etc. This image is further hyped because Norway has abolished the death-penalty- for which they've grossly under-compensated [IE: The recent case of Norway’s suspected mass child killer, where nearly 70 defenseless school kids {along w another 7-8  people} were ruthlessly murdered. Yet the suspected killer, if found guilty, will only get a max sentence of 21 yrs {about 3 months for ea life he took} & thus would be back out on the streets by age 53 - while almost certainly NOT reformed or even remorseful! So would justice really be served if that is the case?!]... 

YET- Norway apparently has only been surpassed by the US, UK & France in the Number of BOMBS they've Dropped on Libya - SO Much for Their IMAGE as a Supposed PEACEFUL & Progressive Nation!

Remember Norway Participated in FUK-US NATO's Assault on Libya

Ditto Above

Who is going to revoke it?

The whole charade around Obama winning the Nobel Prize was to endorse his future bellicose policies that would be okay for the European elites as long as they were made active partners unlike as they were snubbed by Bush.  In his speech Obama quibbled about his own idea of peace and war.  In effect, he endorsed the continued use of war to advance America's interests. I quote him:

“the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace”  

“The goal is not to win a popularity contest or to get an award, even one as prestigious as the Nobel peace prize. The goal has been to advance America’s interests.” 

The whole episode was to hoodwink the masses into thinking Obama was the 'change' he was heralded to be.  They have been tricked; and there is more to come of this chicanery.



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