President Barack Obama receives the Nobel Prize; He expresses gratefulness to the Nobel Committee for the Award
US President Barack Hossein Obama on Thursday has received the Nobel Peace Prize. The ceremony in this context held at Oslo City hall, the capital of Norway. A large number of the distinguished guests, political leadership of Norway and US and diplomats of the different country based in Norway and local and international media were present on the occasion. Nobel Prize Committee Head, Thorbjørn Jagland delivered his speech prior to the presenting award to the US President. The speech was full of the arguments in favour of award going to the US President. Jagland emphatically stressed that Obama himself has said that he did not deserve the price, but look at it as a “call to action”.
Though Barack Obama defends the role of his country in Afghanistan but said, the US must uphold moral standards when waging wars that are necessary and justified, as he accepted his Nobel Peace Prize. He argued, the use of force could bring lasting peace. In his speech, he also talked about misuse of Islam and said, religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of Islam
Thursday’s ceremony in the Norwegian capital came days after Mr Obama announced he was sending 30,000 extra US soldiers to the war in Afghanistan.
Norwegian King Harrald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess, Mitt Marit and Norwegian Prime Minister along with some of his cabinet members were also present in the ceremony.
President Barack Obama went straight to the bone core in his acceptance speech: He admits that other merit award more than him, but said, I’m receiving this honour with great humility.
– I have noted that the award is controversial. I can not contradict those who believe that others deserve this award more than me, “he says.
The Nobel Committee has received criticism for giving award to the incumbent of the world’s largest military power. The critics had their say when Obama very recently decided to send 30,000 more troops to step up peace efforts Afghanistan.
– I am Commander-in-Chief of a nation that is in the midst of two wars. We are at war and I am responsible for thousands of Americans who are fighting in a foreign country, Obama highlights in the speech.
– Where power is needed, we have a moral and strategic interest to abide by certain rules. And even though we face an opponent who does not follow any rules, I have faith that the U.S. must abide by following a certain standard in the war. It makes us different from those we are fighting against. It is the source of our strength.
He said, most dangerously, we see it in the way that religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of Islam, and who attacked my country from Afghanistan. These extremists are not the first to kill in the name of God; the cruelties of the Crusades are amply recorded. But they remind us that no Holy War can ever be a just war. For if you truly believe that you are carrying out divine will, then there is no need for restraint – no need to spare the pregnant mother, or the medic, or even a person of one’s own faith. Such a warped view of religion is not just incompatible with the concept of peace, but the purpose of faith – for the one rule that lies at the heart of every major religion is that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
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