Your expectations from Obama are justified, but at the same time, its like asking moon overnight. We live in a complex world and its not that simple to stop Iraq war, Afghan war, finish evils, and make a this world a paradise. Not so fast Brother.
We don't know weather the award is too early or late. You and i do not know many things, which are the back ground of such decision. At least i dont know the reasons, may be you do.
Today, we are in need of peace so much, that we never did in past. There are so many wars, extremism, conflicts, arms race, inflation and economical disasters that we need a great effort to handle those issues, and bring the world temperature down. Baraak Obama is the man, who is now the head of most powerful nation on earth in this century. If any one can do some thing on above concerns, the he is the man. His policies can make huge differences, there are expectations from him in both eastern and western worlds. For the first time muslim do not hate a US president, Europeans trust him, Russians for the first time are soft on America, Chinese have cooperated with him in fighting with great depression like of 1927. Let the man breath. He addressed entire muslim world from Jamia AlAzhar on peace mission. Do you expect that in your life time from any US president. How can he finish 2 wars in eight months, which were cooked in last eight years. Who can.
He was caught totally unprepared for this Noble pressure and now he has bigger heights to climb. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it honored Obama for his """extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."""
The decision appeared to catch most observers by surprise. The president had not been mentioned as among front-runners for the prize, and the roomful of reporters gasped when Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, uttered Obama's name.
Fareed Zakaria: CNN
It is great news. But I think it's more an award to America for rejoining the world than recognition of President Obama per se. People here underestimate how relieved the world is to have a more engaged, less bullying America.
It may not influence the far right, but it may make clear for many other undecided Americans what President Obama hopes to achieve. Obama's outreach to the world is an experiment: He wants to demonstrate at home that engagement does not make America weak.
For decades, it's been thought deadly for an American politician to be seen as seeking international cooperation. Denouncing, demeaning and insulting other countries was a cheap and easy way to seem strong. In the battle of images, tough and stupid always seemed to win.
President Obama is gambling that America is now mature enough to understand that machismo is not foreign policy, and that grandstanding on the global stage just won't succeed. In a new world, with other countries more powerful and confident, America's success -- its security, its prosperity -- depends on working with others. It's a big, bold gambit.
The Nobel committee wanted to encourage this sentiment. I hope Americans will see that and encourage the path President Obama is taking.