I can't say that I'm shocked at the announcement that President Obama won the Nobel Peace prize this morning. For shock value, they would have to award it to someone actually deserving. Like General Petraeus or the current government of Honduras for ousting would-be tyrant Zelaya. In other words, those citizens of the world willing to stand up and fight to achieve long-term security and peace. The Nobel Peace prize is really just an appeasement award (the name carries more weight than most of its recipients) and has hardly been a measure of any kind of success. With past winners like Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and the International Panel on Climate Change taking home trophies, there might as well be a spot for SpongeBob SquarePants or Susan Sarandon (I don't know which to take more seriously). One can only assume the Norwegians felt bad seeing Obama leave Europe empty-handed after his failed Olympic bid, and therefore deserving of at least some sort of consolation prize to make up for the embarrassment.
If anything, Barack Obama's Nobel Peace prize confirms what most conservatives have always feared from Democratic presidents, that America's position in the world has been terribly weakened. We have abandoned a principled position of standing for freedom to appease dictators like Ahmadinejad, Chavez, and Gaddafi. You might recall that these ruthless, authoritarian despots had nothing but high praise when they spoke of our president at the U.N. When dictators who ceased their power ruthlessly start praising an American president, you have to be concerned about what we're doing that they like. If I was over at the RNC, I'd be editing their Obama endorsements into a campaign ad.
These are dangerous times, and this award doesn't bode well for our national security. America has always been a beacon of hope and a voice for the oppressed. If we fail to keep the embers of freedom burning, we risk letting the darkness of tyranny overtake us. Those who don't know history are condemned to repeat it. Neville Chamberlain was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1939 for appeasing Hitler, just as today our president tries to appease all the James Bond villains of our time. Earlier this week, Obama chose to support a UN referendum condemning free speech that can be found "irresponsible", "intolerant", or "religious and racial stereotyping". You know, the sort of speech Iran, China, and Syria like to suppress by jailing and sometimes killing innocent protesters.
Of course, we all know what devastating events occurred a year after Chamberlain won his award. Let's hope the same thing doesn't happen under Obama's presidency. America certainly appears to be softening on terror. Now might be a good time for the president to counter that perception by adding troops in Afghanistan, assuming he doesn't tie their hands behind their backs (I won't hold my breath).
As a reminder of what perils we face, here's how the world revered Mr. Chamberlain before history proved him to be the goat of his time:
Suggestions to honour Mr Chamberlain in some tangible form for his great services to peace continue to be made in many parts of Europe. The French nation is now concentrating on how it can repay "the first artisan of peace".The administration, the Far Left, the European elites, the frauds at the UN, and the mainstream media will tell you Barack Obama has brought peace to our time. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.
Numerous proposals for renaming streets, starting funds and erecting statues are contained in the French press, and Le Figaro states that the British prime minister should be immediately invited to Paris so that all can acclaim him. One paper suggests starting a fund so that monuments and statues might be erected to the "saviour of modern Europe" in every capital in the world. Strasbourg has overnight renamed streets: the Avenue de la Paix is now the Avenue Neville Chamberlain.
The assertion that Mr Chamberlain should receive the Nobel peace prize, says the Stockholm Tidningen [newspaper], is warmly supported in all quarters in Sweden and Norway, and England. Mahmond Pasha, the prime minister of Egypt, has telegraphed Mr Chamberlain the thanks of the Egyptian government and people for averting war. The telegram concludes: "Your name will go down in history as a statesman who saved civilisation from destruction."