What keeps him awake at night is probably much more the question of how he can prevent the Taliban from being in charge in Kabul when he makes his -- undoubtedly very moving -- speech at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The joy over the awarding of the Nobel Prize this year would be far greater if it paid tribute to concrete results rather than just reflecting enthusiasm about diplomatic efforts which may be very laudable but which are also, to date, fruitless. For example, a decision by Iran to not pursue nuclear weapons. Or the successful stabilization and democratization of Afghanistan. Or an effective peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Or, or, or …
It would not have hurt the Nobel Prize Committee, therefore, if they had decided to put Obama on the waiting list for the 2011 prize, and decided to give the 2009 award to an Iranian blogger or a Chinese dissident instead. Barack Obama would surely not have complained about such a decision.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Claus Christian Malzahn: Obama's Nobel Prize Is More of a Burden than an Honor
Forget 2011, what should keep Obama awake is the suicide bomber who will mark Obama's Oslo acceptance this year. If I were deployed in Afghanistan, or a Pakistani in Peshawar, it would be a good day to spend in a harden structure to avoid bearing this burden. Via Der Spiegel,