President Obama created history by becoming the first black-American President of the USA. He was also the first black-American to edit the Harvard Law Journal. He has authored several books. There is no dispute about his ability.
Now he has made history by winning the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize for having not done anything practical since he took over nine months ago. This stunning choice has shocked Nobel observers.
President Obama himself had been surprised and his comment was, “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honoured by this prize”.
According to some, as this most prestigious award has not been given on any of his accomplishments, there is a debate on this controversial issue
For example, with regard to his efforts on reducing nuclear war-heads, there had been only negotiations on this. Secondly, he wanted to end the Iraq war but to date there are no signs of this. Instead, he had increased the number of soldiers sent to Iraq. Then, the war in Afghanistan has escalated. Thirdly, not much can be said about his push for peace between Israel and Palestine. Fourthly, he has been trying to mend fences with US foes like Iran, North Korea and Cuba but there had not been much progress. Finally, he had pledged to take the lead against climate change but so far he has not got much support from China and India.
So there is shock and awe over the award of this Norwegian Nobel Prize.
Neutral observers are wondering if this Nobel Peace Prize for President Obama was awarded for his efforts to stall the Sri Lankan war against the LTTE terrorists? Towards the end of the war, the US brought pressure on Sri Lanka and urged for a cease fire. The US marines offered to rescue the LTTE leaders. The LTTE leadership offered to surrender to the US or to one of its allies. Thus, the US made desperate attempts to give cover to the LTTE terrorists.
On the other hand, Norway, which prides itself on the Nobel Peace Prize, had been supporting the LTTE throughout in the guise of peace-brokers. During the final stages of the war, LTTE supporters attacked the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo but the Norwegian government kept silent and did nothing to apprehend the perpetrators of this criminal act.
Subsequently, it had been reported that Norway had been constantly communicating with Kumaran Pathmanathan who was the Overseas LTTE leader. The Sri Lankan government expressed its concern over its underhand activities. Because of this dubious approach by Norway the Sri Lankan government terminated it’s role as facilitator.
Thus Norway and the US had been working hand in glove to inject oxygen to the LTTE leadership. Therefore, the question asked is whether Norway, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama for his role in the Sri Lankan conflict, which would have been a disaster for Sri Lanka after 30 years of terrorism!
Dr. P. A. Samaraweera (Australia)