Today’s Peace Nobel Prize Committee’s decision to award Barrack Obama is absolutely irrational, premature, political. It is a sensation, of course. Obama has not had the slightest chance yet to meet any of the huge expectations his election last year have generated all over the world after eight years of Bush and Cheney’s war against terror. And even more after his historic speech in Cairo on the 4th of June, when he reached out for the Muslim world, only a few days before the Iranian election.
If he was really a great man he would certainly decline to accept the award now. He would rather recommend the Committee to re-nominate him next year when the world hopefully has witnessed some results of the promised politics of change: peace in the Middle East, the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo closed down, diplomatic talks with Iran, and further steps towards a world without the need for weapons of mass destruction.
If he was going to accept instead, he would have the obligation to accomplish his mission. May God help him to cope with this burden.