UPDATE, 10:07a: theblogprof has a great post outlining Obama’s pro-abortion/infanticide “accomplishments,” closing with, “The Nobel Peace Prize is a mockery.” [HT: Suzie A.]
And the instant analysis of the award is a collective scratching of heads, even at CNN, which interrogated 1 of the committee members:
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has a bunch of incredulous snips. It appears at the moment the Prize is backfiring on the Nobel committee and drawing scathing analysis of Obama’s “accomplishments”…
OBAMA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE? “For what?”
UPDATE: What do Barack Obama and Yassir Arafat have in common?
Plus, Mickey Kaus: Turn It Down. “Say he’s honored but he hasn’t had the time yet to accomplish what he wants to accomplish.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Doug Mataconis on Facebook: “Teddy Roosevelt wins Peace Prize for stopping a war. Carter wins Peace Prize for a lifetime of work. Obama wins Peace prize for breathing.”
I say, not bad for a guy who’s been acting like Bambi caught in the headlights of history.
STILL MORE: London Times: Absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize. Oh, it was already a mockery….
MORE STILL. Various reader comments:
“It’s a peace prize, not a peace peace prize.”
“How do you say ‘jumped the shark’ in Norwegian?”
“Today the Nobel Committee announced a posthumous Peace Prize for Neville Chamberlain.”
“Why not the Cy Young Award, too?”
“Let’s be fair . . . he did pull off the Beer Summit.”
HuffPo: Whatever Happened to Awarding For Deeds Actually Done?
When I spoke at Grand Traverse Area’s RTL banquet 11 days ago, MI RTL’s Brian Cusack made the point during his appeal that there is a great disconnect between believing what 53% of Americans responded to a December 2005 Zogby poll, that “abortion destroys a human life and is manslaughter,” and putting it into practice.
I’ve really been thinking about that the past several days and even made “the great disconnect” the focus of my speech last night at the PASS Pregnancy Care banquet.
I don’t know what the Nobel Peace Prize committee was thinking when they chose Barack Obama. He had only been in office 12 days when nominations closed. And as this SNL skit pointed out only last week, Obama has done “jack and squat” ever since.
Actually, we do know what they were
thinking drinking, “hope and change” flavored kool-aid. According to Breitbart this morning:
“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,” the committee said.
“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.”
The committee said it attached special importance to Obama’s vision of, and work for, a world without nuclear weapons.
“Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play,” the committee said.
The “great disconnect,” of course, is here we have a man who is not only trying to expand the slaughter of preborn children in America but also around the world. Of course, Obama also supports infanticide if it would otherwise interfere with legalized abortion.
Coincidentally, as part of his “great disconnect” pitch Brian spotlighted a Nobel Peace Prize loser, Irena Sendler, who lost in 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former former VP Al Gore “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”.
Here we saw another example of the Nobel Peace Prize committee’s “great disconnect.”
According to Sender’s May 13, 2008, Los Angeles Times obituary:
Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker whose ingenuity and daring saved 2,500 Jewish children from extermination in the Holocaust, a feat that went largely unrecognized for 60 years, died yesterday in Warsaw. She was 98….
Ms. Sendler has been called the female Oskar Schindler, but she saved twice as many lives as the German industrialist who sheltered 1,200 of his Jewish workers. But unlike Schindler, whose story received international attention in the 1993 movie Schindler’s List, Ms. Sendler and her heroic actions were almost lost to history until 4 KS schoolgirls wrote a play about her 9 years ago….
She studied at Warsaw University and was a social worker when the German occupation of Poland began in 1939. In 1940, after the Nazis herded Jews into the ghetto and built a wall separating it from the rest of Warsaw, disease, especially typhoid, ran rampant. Social workers were not allowed inside the ghetto, but Ms. Sendler, imagining “the horror of life behind the walls,” obtained fake identification and passed herself off as a sanitary worker, allowed to bring in food, clothes, and medicine.
By 1942, when the deadly intentions of the Nazis became clear, Ms. Sendler joined a Polish underground organization, Zegota, recruited 10 of her closest friends – a group that would eventually grow to 25, all but one of them women – and began rescuing Jewish children.
They smuggled the children out in boxes, suitcases, sacks, and coffins, sedating babies to prevent their cries. Some were spirited away through a network of basements and secret passages. Operations were timed to the second. One of Sendler’s children told of waiting by a gate in darkness as a German soldier patrolled nearby. When the soldier passed, the boy counted to 30, then made a mad dash to the middle of the street, where a manhole cover opened and he was taken down into the sewers and eventually to safety.
Most of the children who left with Ms. Sendler’s group were taken into Catholic convents, orphanages, and homes and given non-Jewish aliases. In the hope that she could reunite them with their families later, Ms. Sendler recorded their true names on thin rolls of paper. She preserved the precious scraps in jars and buried them in a friend’s garden.
She was captured by the Nazis in 1943 and tortured but refused to tell her captors who her co-conspirators were or where the bottles were buried. She also resisted in other ways…. [W]hen Sendler worked in the prison laundry, she and her co-workers made holes in the German soldiers’ underwear. When the officers discovered what they had done, they lined up all the women and shot every other one. It was just one of many close calls for Sendler.
During one particularly brutal torture session, her captors broke her feet and legs and she passed out. When she awoke, a Gestapo officer told her he had accepted a bribe from her comrades in the resistance to help her escape. With her name on a list of executed prisoners, Ms. Sendler went into hiding but continued her rescue efforts….
When the war ended, Ms. Sendler unearthed the jars and began trying to return the children to their families. For the vast majority, there was no family left. Many of the children were adopted by Polish families, and others were sent to Israel….
Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama is just one more reminder the world is a very messed up place.