Obama, the Nobel Prize, and What Peace Means

 By Cindy Sheehan

I guess to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee it means presiding over the further destruction of the population of three countries that didn’t harm anyone.
 
I guess it means voting for every war-funding bill while one is a Senator.
 
I guess it means continuing the use of the obscene and immoral drones.
 
I guess it means continuing torture and building larger prisons to pre-emptively and indefinitely detain suspected “terrorists.”
 
I guess it means using the politics of fear to justify your wars. “Afghanistan is a war of necessity.” “There are still people in the world who want to hurt Americans.”
 
I guess it means increasing your military budget.
 
I guess it means paying back your donors on Wall Street and in the insurance companies to profoundly harm people in your own country.
 
I guess it means hiring hostile people like Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, Stanley McChrystal and Petraeus.
 
I guess it means extending the damaging embargo on Cuba and threatening “crippling economic sanctions” for Iran.
 
I guess since the committee awarded the prize to Jimmy Carter who gave rise to the Taliban and al Qaeda in Iran giving billions to those who fought against the USSR (talk about Blowback), it tells the people of Afghanistan if you are killed, we will give your killer the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
Jesus Christ, why didn’t they just give it to George Bush?
 
The US Peace Movement was put on life support with the election of Democrats. I hope now that we have a president who is just a tool of the war machine AND a Nobel Peace Laureate that it hasn’t put the final nail in the coffin of the Peace Movement.
 
Peace to us means, not just an absence of war but, an absence of preparing for war.
 
Peace to us means that innocent people won’t suffer for profit.
 
I guess to the Establishment: War is Peace.
 
 

 

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