The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize and the argument in favor of Obama
According to David Corn of Mother Jones, President Obama may have deserved “a smidgen of credit” for the Nobel Peace Prize that was handed out nearly two weeks ago.
For 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize was given to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which was created to enforce the UN Chemical Weapons Convention that bans such arms. They are responsible for the cataloging and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.
This enforcement by OPCW occurred due to several factors:
- President Obama’s call for military action in Syria, because of the chemical weapons attack that occurred near the city of Damascus in Syria. An estimated 1300 to 1400 people died from attack which was blamed on the Syrian government.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin brokered a deal between Syria and the U.S., which involved the Syrian government admitting it possessed chemical weapons, and allowing the UN inspectors to catalog the weapons and have them destroyed. This move prevented the U.S. from having a legitimate excuse for military action in Syria, while Putin also asked the U.S. to provide proof that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack.
My take on Obama’s influence on this year’s Nobel Peace Prize
David Corn may feel that President Obama deserves some credit for the winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, due to his push for military action in Syria, but I think that the real credit belongs to Vladimir Putin.
The Russian president opened the dialogue to a peaceful resolution that the U.S. government was reluctant to consider, as some critics claimed that the deal was making the U.S. appear ‘weak’.
Military action has not shown to be an effective tool for peace, as the U.S. is conducting or supporting military activities in almost half the nations of the globe.
With all the arbitrary drone strikes and other military activities all over the world, it remains to be seen if President Obama will win another Nobel Peace Prize or make a real initiative for peace that will give him due credit, in assisting in the creation of any of the next 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners.