The Peace Prize goes to the commander-in-chief of invading armies in Afghanistan and Iraq BY MOZHGAN SAVABIEASFAHANI

12 Dec 2009 —

war-is-peace.jpgIs this the best the world can deliver?

A hypocrite who unsuccessfully tries to justify war and aggression on the starved and brutalized people of Iraq and Afghanistan?

In a silent America, Obama is unchallenged and does all he can to strengthen U.S. ties with Israel (as the rest of the world contemplates boycotts of various kinds to deter Israel from committing more crimes). A year into his presidency, not only are the wars against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan going strong, but Obama is sending 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan.

The American brand of “peace” has surely made a mockery of the word. No one in the Middle East is foolish enough to believe, for a second, that America wants “peace” when all that America, and her handsome new president, does is to reinforce its devastating military presence in countries where they are not welcomed.

An Iraqi mother who lost every child she had (4 boys) as a result of the U.S. invasion in 2003 said: “don’t utter that word, it has brought us nothing but death and destruction”.

She was referring to the word “peace”.

No doubt Palestinian, Lebanese, and Afghan mothers have similar sentiments about this peculiar word that is on the lips of every invading army and colonialist power. But those who live under the brutal occupations of the U.S. and Israel, or those of us still unoccupied (Iranians, Pakistanis, etc) still suffer the political and economic brutality of this “world order” in the form of unemployment and political repression. For us, the word “peace”, as spoken by Americans, is void of credibility.

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The “Obama Doctrine”: Eternal War For Imperfect Mankind “For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world.” By Rick Rozoff

11 December, 2009 — Global ResearchStop NATO – 2009-12-10

President and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States Barack Obama delivered his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance address in Oslo on December 10, which has immediately led to media discussion of an Obama Doctrine.

With obligatory references to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi (the second referred to only by his surname) but to no other American presidents than Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy – fellow peace prize recipients Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter weren’t mentioned – the U.S. head of state spoke with the self-assurance of the leader of the world’s first uncontested superpower and at times with the self-righteousness of a would-be prophet and clairvoyant. And, in the words of German philosopher Friedrich von Schlegel, a prophet looking backward.

Accompanied by visionary gaze and cadenced, oratorical solemnity, his comments included the assertion that “War, in one form or another, appeared with the first man.” Unless this unsubstantiated claim was an allusion to the account in the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible of Cain murdering his brother Abel, which would hardly constitute war in any intelligible meaning of the word (nor was Cain the first man according to that source), it is unclear where Obama acquired the conviction that war is coeval with and presumably an integral part of humanity.

Paleontologists generally trace the arrival of modern man, homo sapiens, back 200,000 years, yet the first authenticated written histories are barely 2,400 years old. How Obama and his speechwriters filled in the 197,600-year gap to prove that the practice of war is as old as mankind and implicitly inseparable from the human condition is a question an enterprising reporter might venture to ask at the next presidential press conference.

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