Peace Prize Has Lost Its Meaning

Men and women throughout the world who have worked hard, sometimes at great risk, in the cause of peace now know that their devotion and sacrifices mean nothing in comparison to political correctness. That is the message from the committee that awarded President Barack Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize last week.

It is no reflection on Obama to note – as many objective observers already have – that he has done virtually nothing in the cause of peace. He has been president for less than a year. He hasn’t had time to even mount serious diplomatic initiatives. Yet the Nobel committee chose to award the Peace Prize to Obama – apparently based on the mere hope that he will do good things.

Nobel prizes were intended to reward, recognize and promote achievement – not serve as political or diplomatic statements. Sadly, members of the committee now in charge of the award no longer seem to understand that.