Below are three links to editorials on why President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (See bottom for update for a fourth link)
I was puzzled at first. I knew that this administration had done a lot towards repairing the damage done by the previous administration and to engage the world community again, but didn’t think he’d done enough to be awarded the prize. He was nominated in February, though the vote wasn’t taken until recently. Recipients of the peace prize aren’t always awarded it for what they’ve achieved. They were awarded it to encourage them to continue along the same path.
Congress just approved the largest military budget in history. This administration has continued some of the more egregious Bush policies. So naturally I was a little skeptical of Obama receiving the prize. Peace is never perfect. What actions you may take may be baby steps compared to the magnitude of the challenges, but it is always better to make the effort regardless of the outcome or how little may be achieved. As long as that pursuit of peace is relentless and never gives up, we end up with a better world.
An Open Letter to Americans Who Are Annoyed at Obama’s Nobel Prize (essay)
IAEA Chief ElBaradei on Obama Winning 2009 Nobel Peace Prize (video)