Brack Obama Defends His Policies In Acceptance Speech For Nobel PrizeDecember 11th, 2009 - 7:31 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey
Dec.11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) President of the United States Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Dec. 10, 2009. His acceptance of the prize triggered off once more the debate on the irony that the Peace Award is being conferred to him at a time when his country is engaged in a most bitter strife. President Barack Obama acknowledged the irony of the fact in his speech of acceptance, and also tackled the criticism that claims that his award comes rather too early in his career.
While the US president acknowledged that it was ironical to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in the middle of war, on the other hand, he firmly defended the stance he had taken in the maintenance of world peace, saying that merely refraining from violence does not always bring about peace. He did not attempt to counter the claims of the critics who said that it was too early for him to be awarded the Nobel Prize, instead, he agreed that he was not in the same league as the others who had received the award before him, namely, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela among others.
On the other hand, his acceptance speech may have put him in a rather difficult position regarding the formulation of one of his foreign policies, that is, the promotion of the war in Afghanistan as a measure of speech. His speech has been applauded by the political pundits of all colors. The United States media, on the other hand, seem to be seeing what does not meet the eye, translating his speech as an effort to save a situation rife with political awkwardness.
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