By Gerry Albert Corpuz, senior reporter, The Pamalakaya Times
Manila, Philippines-Fisherfolk activists belonging to Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Monday urged organizers of the yearly Nobel Peace Prize to take back the award from US President Barack Obama, after the American president decided to continue its war of aggression in Afghanistan by sending more 30,000 US troops to the war ravaged nation.
“The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize given to Obama is diametrically opposed to the global people’s demand for just and lasting peace. The Norwegian committee in charge of the award should admit their mistake and one way of correcting its mistake is to recall the award given to the war-mongering and war-freak US President,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.
October 9, 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to President Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
According to the Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Committee, President Obama created a new climate in international politics. It cited Obama’s role in pursuing multilateral diplomacy with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.
“The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened,” the committee said.
The Nobel Peace Prize committee further added: “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”.
But Hicap said the decision of Obama sending 30,000 US troops more to Afghanistan is tantamount to war of aggression and political-military colonialization and invasion that violates the principles of sovereignty and independence.
“Obama is carbon copy of former US President George W. Bush. Like Bush, this bogus anti-war US President will soon face deluge of protests from anti-US war activists for following the Bush terrorist policies and projects all over the world,” the Pamalakaya leader added. @