- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I was puzzled to learn that President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize. This prize is supposed to go to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

I have heard and read about the president’s talk on peace, but does that constitute “the most or the best work” worthy of such an award? If by awarding the prize the Nobel committee hopes to goad the president into fulfilling his peace mission, as some people think, a letter to the White House urging more peace action would have sufficed.

Awarding this coveted prize to Mr. Obama, at this point in his presidency, deprives other nominees who are more deserving.

CHAI PENG

Vienna

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