Barack Obama and the igNobel Peace Prize
Yet he was no more undeserving than Yasser Arafat.
It was a curious decision to bestow this prestigious award upon someone who has not yet contributed anything to world peace. He has made a few fine speeches of hope and change, but nothing has been achieved, no promises fulfilled. Yet the Nobel committee said it chose President Obama ‘for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples’ and for creating ‘a new international climate’.
They said: "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."
Such is the Obama cult. He has not brought peace to Afghanistan, he has not got the Israelis and Palestinians talking, he has not halted Iran's nuclear programme. But his presence has ‘captured the world’s attention’.
Cranmer hopes to win the award next year. He may not yet have captured the world’s attention, but he intends to write a few articles of how he hopes to do so.