#1 Alexander Downer smacks Obama across the face : OUCHSonnabendGuest10-12-2009, 04:52 AM
Obama should give back Nobel Peace Prize - Downer
By staff writers
BARACK Obama should have been "man enough" to refuse the Nobel Peace Prize, former foreign minister Alexander Downer writes today.
The decision by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway, announced last Friday, to award the prize to Mr Obama, based on a closing nomination just 11 weeks after he assumed the US presidency, has drawn much criticism.
Writing today for Adelaide Now Mr Downer says the decision to award the prize to Mr Obama "was a political decision of gross stupidity".
Mr Obama "has not had anything like enough time for his policies to bear fruit," Mr Downer writes. According to Mr Downer if Mr Obama had refused the prize "he would have helped preserve the integrity of the Nobel Peace Prize and also demonstrate a disarming degree of modesty."
Mr Downer lists a number of "real heroes", such as Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has fought the rule of Robert Mugabe, who he says would be more deserving of the award.
Despite the prize being "a hideous display of cynical politics", Mr Downer writes that "the blame does not all lie at President Obama's feet".
Mr Downer blames the Nobel Prize Committee made up of Norwegian politicians. He singles out Norway's former prime minister and foreign minister Thorbjorn Jagland, who Mr Downer says was "a real party-political player" and "a fool".
Mr Downer recounts the run-in he had with Mr Jagland over stopping the Norwegian ship the Tampa from landing on the Australian mainland with rescued asylum-seekers.
Mr Jagland has made "the worst decision in Nobel Peace Prize history" and "done done real damage to the institution", Mr Downer writes.
And you should read his actual comments here
Some selected snippets
He turned to me and said, sotto voce, "patronising, very patronising". I thought the decision was really dumb and discredited, maybe fatally, but I asked my friend what he meant. He screwed up his face and said bitterly: "He only won the prize because he's an African-American".
Hammer. Nail. WHAMMO. :D:eek:
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