The will of Alfred Nobel reads as follows:
“The whole of my remaining realizable estate shall be dealt with in the following way: the capital, invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, DURING THE PRECEDING YEAR, SHALL HAVE conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.”
Please note carefully the precise words Alfred used in his will “annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the Preceding year conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for……2008?
Alrighty then, what did Barack Obama do in 2008? What was it Barack Obama did in 2008 that “conferred the greatest benefit to mankind”?
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“The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts” -snip-… “and one part 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.”
Pretty clear here… “SHALL HAVE DONE” Past tense as in has done, has Achieved. The person receiving the Prize for Peace SHALL HAVE DONE IN THE PRECEDING YEAR(2008). Nowhere in Alfred Nobel’s will does it state it is awarded as Barack Obama Has stated his reason for accepting his prize as “A Call to Action.”
Nor does the will state as Barack Obama stated “The Peace Prize is awarded to “build momentum for a cause” Sad, that in the year 2008 the person that “did the most and the best work for fraternity of nations” was one of the candidates who spent:
Jan-Aug 2008 campaigning for their party’s nominee for President.
Aug 2008 Securing that nomination with yet another speech about what he hoped to do IF the people of the US elected him in Nov 2008 and gave him the power in Jan of 2009 to actually do more than Hope.
Aug-Nov 2008 campaign speeches.
Nov 2008 elected POTUS, with another speech about his hopes in 2009.
Nov -Dec 2008…President elect.
How sad that in 2008….the most, the best anyone did for world peace was to speak about it. That can’t be right? No one achieved a thing, just talk, talk, talk about what they hoped to achieve.
Poor Greg Mortensen spent 2008 building schools in Afghanistan with the belief that “Books not Bombs” is the way to Peace. He even wrote a book “Three cups of Tea” one man’s mission to promote PEACE one school at a time.When Greg was nominated for the Prize he was called the ultimate Peace maker who fights terrorism and builds nations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Mortenson
Greg, sorry you wasted so much time and energy actually doing. This ought to teach you and everyone else to Put down your tools, come on home to the US, where it is safe, and this year TALK about what you Hope to do. Yep, you don’t have to live and risk your life in Afghanistan. You can do it from a big fancy stage with some international symbol, like Greek Columns and get yourself a speech writer and a few teleprompters and you are good to go. You do not have to leave the US and put yourself in harm’s way and live in the bowels of the earth. Get yourself a nice comfortable hotel room with climate control, room service and a personal chef and a whole staff catering to your every whim in a big safe American City, you can step out every once in a while and speak about what you hoped to do to change the world.
The Nobel Prize will be yours in no time at all. How many years have you been working in Afghanistan? You may want to pass this advice on to Sima Simar she like you spent her time working to achieve equal rights for women and girls in Afghanistan and with the UN on human rights in Sudan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sima_Samar
The two of you could work, aaagh, talk together. The worst that could happen is you both will share the Nobel Peace Prize but the 1.5 million prize money will surly achieve both your goals of PEACE. So to all those who argue Did Barack Obama earn the Nobel Peace Prize? According to the will of Alfred Nobel the answer is NO.
I will end with the words of Alfred Nobel “and that for champions of Peace Prize It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the MOST WORTHY shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.” The Will of Alfred Nobel http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/will/index.html