Gerry Canavan

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in ur peace prize wagin ur wars

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Obama’s Nobel lecture is the talk of the Internet today. Props to Obama, I suppose, for turning the raw absurdity of a first-year American president fighting two wars receiving the Nobel Peace Prize into the major theme of his speech:

I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King Jr. said in this same ceremony years ago: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there’s nothing weak — nothing passive — nothing naïve — in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King.

But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

Look, they call it the Peace Prize. Ur doin it wrong.

Written by gerrycanavan

December 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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