Two months to the Ceremony: Its not too late to earn that Peace Prize
As far as I can tell, no one has actually accepted the Nobel Peace Prize while they were prosecuting a war, much less two. Lê Ðức Thọ was offered one while involved in the invasion of / civil war with South Vietnam, but refused to accept the award.
I see three logical possibilities for this year’s prize. Obama could accept the award while dodging accusations of hypocrisy. Or he could pull a Lê Ðức Thọ/ Jean-Paul Sartre and refuse it.
But the most intriguing possibility is that Obama could earn his award, and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for the ceremony on Dec 10. While he’s at it, he could sign a pact with the other nuclear powers to destroy all of the world’s weapons. And veto any renewal of the PATRIOT ACT.
Don’t say it’s politically impossible, Obama has the power to everything except the arms treaty unilaterally, with approval from no one. But if anyone out there believes he will really end the wars soon, all I ask is that you put your money where your mouth is. If the wars will be over in two months, you could make a fortune shorting the stock of every publicly traded U.S. defense contractor. Let me know how that goes!