Nobel Peace Prize 2009
Obama in The Rose Garden: “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize, men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.”
Obama about Afghanistan on CNN: 'The Nobel Peace Prize is a call to action. I am the commander in chief of a country that is responsible for ending a war and working in another theater to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people.'
Obama in his acceptance speech: "War is sometimes necessary, and war is at some level an expression of human feelings"
Angela Merkel of Germany: 'It was an incentive to the president and to us all to do more for peace.'
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France: 'The award marked America’s return to the hearts of the world’s peoples.'
The Nobel Peace Prize committee "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." "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."
Nobel committee chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland: “The question we have to ask is who has done the most in the previous year to enhance peace in the world. And who has done more than Barack Obama?”
Photo: A little girl, victim of an American Drone Attack in Pakistan
Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
Photo: terrorist act in Syria