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    President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    December 10, 2009

    Here the President explains his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan.The concept of a Just War

    But perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars. One of these wars is winding down. The other is a conflict that America did not seek; one in which we are joined by 43 other countries including Norway in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks.

    Still, we are at war, and I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill. Some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the cost of armed conflict filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other.

    These questions are not new. War, in one form or another, appeared with the first man. At the dawn of history, its morality was not questioned; it was simply a fact, like drought or disease the manner in which tribes and then civilizations sought power and settled their differences.

    Over time, as codes of law sought to control violence within groups, so did philosophers, clerics and statesmen seek to regulate the destructive power of war. The concept of a "just war" emerged, suggesting that war is justified only when it meets certain preconditions: if it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the forced used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.

    In many ways, these efforts succeeded. Yes, terrible wars have been fought, and atrocities committed. But there has been no Third World War. The Cold War ended with jubilant crowds dismantling a wall. Commerce has stitched much of the world together. Billions have been lifted from poverty. The ideals of liberty, self-determination, equality and the rule of law have haltingly advanced. We are the heirs of the fortitude and foresight of generations past, and it is a legacy for which my own country is rightfully proud.
    In this quote the president talks about the existence of evil in the world (kinda reminds me of an other American president president)

    I know there is nothing weak, nothing passive, nothing naive 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 nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.
    Here is a link to the text of the presidents Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

    Text of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    I liked his speech.

    Except the global warming BS but his points about war and when it is justified were dead on.
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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    I liked his speech.

    Except the global warming BS but his points about war and when it is justified were dead on.
    Make war not peace?

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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    Quote Originally Posted by tjinta ibis View Post
    Make war not peace?
    Wish for peace and center on winning in the war.
    Be a dreamer and a realist.
    "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    PBO getting this award is such a joke.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    Quote Originally Posted by tjinta ibis View Post
    Make war not peace?
    Knowing when war is necessary and not just hoping the threat will go away.
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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    Um didn't he say that he was going to focus on this issues, and if that is, so what are y'all complaining about? I am confused at why y'all are complaining, if he doing what he said he'd be doing?
    Last edited by RyrineaHaruno; 12-10-09 at 03:18 PM.

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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    Quote Originally Posted by RyrineaHaruno View Post
    Um didn't he say that he was going to focus on this issues, and if that is, so what are y'all complaining about? I am confused at why y'all are complaining, if he doing what he said he'd be doing?
    Because giving him the Nobel prize--any Nobel prize--is a joke.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    Thought it was a bit long, but it was a good speech.
    I definitely agreed with most of what he said.

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    Re: President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acception speech

    Quote Originally Posted by tjinta ibis View Post
    Make war not peace?
    Diplomacy and a gun will accomplish much more than only diplomacy will.
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