Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

1 October 2013

Tanzania: Nobel Laureate Obama Should Reconsider Going to Wargender-Based Violence (part 2)

IT will not matter whether it is conventional or tactical warfare. And some peace lovers may be pardoned to think that it will be right if the war graduates to 'radioactive' - sorry - aweinspiring finality of Hiroshima and Nagasaki!

If he goes to war, Obama will be sending the world's strongest army, from the world's biggest democracy, which flourishes on the world's biggest economy. Now you don't send such an army to simply "discipline" or topple a regime. Such a war should bring peace. Short of that, it will erode his conviction of using war as a tool to bring peace and dilute his Nobel credentials.

Not that there aren't cases where war brought peace: America itself forcefully coalesced breakaway south; the Allied Forces conquered Hitler's army and liquidated the dictator's megalomaniac ambitions; Tanzania invaded Uganda, toppled Idddi Amin and stopped his cannibalism; and Nigeria's army tamed rebellious Biafra.

We can also chip in liberation wars, which are an exception though: these were wars that bore universally acceptable course, and had to be won at any cost. Reading history, even America itself would lose liberation war, had she had had a colony or two. It is these cases and many others that informed Obama's belief of warfare as an alternative - or sometimes indispensable - means to achieving peace.

Now the world is waiting for Obama to go to war, win it decisively and boost his CV within context of the Nobel Peace Prize. If, as Commander-in- Chief of the world's strongest army Obama doesn't go to war as the Middle East state degenerates into a butcher field and the country remains submerged in anarchy and chaos, it will be sufficient reason to write off his peace philosophy and diminish his Nobel stature.

Even if some benevolent (or malevolent?) spirit hovers over the Syria impasse and so by some strange turn of events America doesn't go to war there, Obama's homework will not have been marked, let alone be graded.

For the world is never short of trouble spots and Yankee soldiers can wade into one of the battlefields. Isn't America the global policeman and universal peacekeeper? After all Obama is the only Nobel laureate who is faced with the task of proving to the world what he stands for as far as the prize is concerned. Most of the laureates had already achieved their missions or were stationed at very positive points, at the time of their nomination.

So Obama is sort of the laureate out, the unfortunate nominee who is saddled with the burden of putting his peace principles into action with a Nobel Pace Prize already in his possession. He has left an indelible American mark with the Nobel Peace Prize.

For him, Syria is a microcosm of the American world of wars. His conviction will form the point of departure for any other war that the US will fight, during his tenure or after his exit. Immediately after his nomination, many an observer regarded Obama's selection as delivered to him in a silver platter.

The paradox is that it is more Nobel laureate Obama should reconsider going to wargender-based violence (part 2) The first part of this article was in yesterday's copy of this paper.

We continue with the second and last part. of a test and burden than a crafty punctuation of his biography. May be it was inappropriate to give an American president in office the Nobel, given that America is a perennial warrior: or Indians permitting us to coin but one more little word just for this case and no more, a seasoned 'battle-walla'.

Nevertheless; it was the eloquent Obama himself who put the prize into perspective during his acceptance speech, in a straightforward candid manner characteristic of his discourse.

He defended the use of war to achieve peace. The insoluble truth is that with his philosophical words that day in Oslo, he had advanced a hypothesis: 'War begets peace". Now he has to write the thesis.

And the international panel of judges, this time around not the criteriacentric Nobel Committee but the global fraternity of practical peace proponents eager to see peace descend upon Syria, is waiting for his presentation.

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