President Obama has accepted the 2009 Nobel Prize for Peace. In his 30 minute lecture after receiving the award he gave a justification for the two wars he is leading, saying there is such a thing as a “just war”, and that “instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace”. You can read the full transcript here.
He was awarded the prize for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.
There are so many issues that this award continues to bring up so we’re going to throw it open to you, to pick up on the aspects that get you going the most….
– Do you agree with President Obama? Can instruments of war preserve peace?
– Did the Nobel committee get it right in the first place? Should a man leading two wars receive the Peace Prize?
– President Obama acknowledged to journalists that there may be others who are more deserving. So should he have turned it down?
– If you think President Obama is undeserving, tell us what actions you think would make him worthy of such an accolade?
– He’s irritated many Norwegians but not taking part in many of the traditional activities that go with being awarded the prize, including having lunch with the King of Norway. Has he been rude, as 44% of Norwegians think?
– What effect do you think this is going to have on his presidency?