Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in what is widely seen internationally as a slap in the face to the current administration’s warmongering Iraq policy. I say “widely seen internationally” because it seems that there is a big difference this morning between the way some of the conservative media in the U.S. are reporting this, and the way papers in other countries are reporting this. What’s up with that?
Quotes coming out of the Nobel Prize committee include:
“In a situation currently marked by threats of the use of power, Carter has stood by the principles that conflicts must as far as possible be resolved through mediation and international cooperation based on international law, respect for human rights, and economic development.”
“It should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current administration has taken. It’s a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as the United States.”
Man – that’s a slap in the face to both George Bush and Tony Blair.
It seems to me that this current course of action is driven by a large amount of arrogance, coupled with a bit of personal vendetta. Has George Bush explored every diplomatic option thoroughly yet? Has this man, as the President of the United States, taken the due time and effort to prevent war? This is human life we’re talking about. American life. Iraqi life. French, British, Israeli, Palestinian, you-name-it life. People who are parents, who are children. Why is this man so quick to go to war with these people? Why is he ignoring the economy? Why has he not captured bin Laden and al-Zawahiri? Why do terrorist attacks still approach us from Yemen, from Saudi Arabia, from Pakistan, and from Afghanistan? Hello?
I really don’t care so much what kind of weapons Iraq might be harboring. What I do care about is if they use them. If they do instigate an attack on us or anyone, then at that point I say go ahead and blow away Saddam into the stone ages. But until that point, we have no business here. Sorry, it would be nice if there was a way to be proactive about this and still come out ahead. But if we initiate a war with Iraq, then we suddenly will become the bad guy to the rest of the world.