War and peace

Washington Post
by Eugene Robinson


The traditional Nobel Peace Prize lecture, given every year at Oslo’s modernist City Hall, does not usually include such words as: ‘I’m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed.’ President Obama accepted the Nobel for peacemaking by delivering an eloquent, often grim treatise on the nature and necessity of warfare. Anyone who doubts his commitment to the war in Afghanistan, which he has escalated with an ‘extended surge’ of 30,000 new U.S. troops, should read a transcript of the Oslo speech. Hawks who suspected — and doves who hoped — that Obama was a secret pacifist will see that although he did not set out to be a ‘war president,’ he has accepted his fate...


Is “law of love” an antidote to war?

Christian Science Monitor
by staff


A mix of idealism and national self-interest has often marked American leadership in the world. But not many US presidents have put the golden rule at the center of their foreign policy. What President Obama calls the ‘law of love’ (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) as a focal point of his sweeping speech in Oslo after being awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday. … And he readily admits, after only 10 months in office, that his moral stances, rather than any concrete action, won him the prize. But one particular action — sending more troops to Afghanistan even as he was being honored as a peacemaker — required him to speak of the differences between a ‘just war’ and one waged outside global ’standards that govern the use of force’...


The ongoing arrogance of Washington and Obama

Center for a Stateless Society
by Alex R. Knight III


A long time ago, George Washington made a very dangerous and arrogant statement: ‘It must be laid down as a primary position and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government owes not only a proportion of his property, but even his personal service to the defense of it.’ So this alleged hero of the ‘Revolution’ was not so revolutionary after all, it would seem...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


High Noon in the White House

Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "President Barack Obama noted last week after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize that the United States 'has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades.' While this was certainly true in Germany and Japan during World War II as well as in Korea, there have been too many occasions in the past four decades when presidents - usually in their first or second year in office - have used force in situations that have not served the interests of the United States, let alone the global community."




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