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A Little Premature, Perhaps?

So we wake up to the news this morning that Barack Obama joins past illustrious winners of the Nobel Peace prize, such as Yasser Arafat (father of modern terrorism, including airline hijacking and suicide bombing) and Jimmy Carter (who ushered in Iran’s Islamic revolution, the effects of which the poor people of Iran and the rest of us are still living with).
Now Obama may yet go on to do great things for peace, but so far he has done absolutely nothing as far as I can see, apart from distance the U.S. from peace campaigners and pro-peace dissidents such as the Dalai Lama, whom Obama refused to meet in Washington earlier this week. By contrast, every other president during the last 20 years has met the Dalai Lama and George W. Bush even bestowed the Congressional Gold medal on him at the Capitol in 2007.
But then the Norwegian mafia that run the Nobel peace prize wouldn’t dream of awarding it to a Republican. Heaven forbid that they thought to award it to Ronald Reagan who even Russian liberals admit did more than any other person to end the Cold War and liberate half of Europe. Reagan should have made a movie that pleased the Norwegians like Al Gore did.

Tom Gross — Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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