As virtually everyone knows by now, Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Personally, I think that this premature and is partly because he is not Bush. And this award is obviously controversial. But that is in the nature of the prize. Some, like those to the Red Cross and Red Crescent or that to Martin Luther King, went to those clearly deserving and with lots of work and dedication to humanitarian causes. Others, such as that of Yasser Arafat, questionable in hindsight. I don’t know and cannot predict which way this award will go; if I could, I’d be a television pundit. Just like everyone else, I hope that it goes in the first direct. The main problem with hope, of course, is that it is often unfulfilled.
October 9, 2009