Like everyone else, I was hit with the news this morning that Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. And, like seemingly everyone else, my first reaction was “Really? Already? But why?”
_ Myth: The prize is awarded to recognize efforts for peace, human rights and democracy only after they have proven successful.
More often, the prize is awarded to encourage those who receive it to see the effort through, sometimes at critical moments.
Assuming the AP is correct, suddenly (at least to me), this whole thing makes a lot more sense.
Now, I’m not saying that closes all opportunity for criticism of the decision, by any means. Please, criticize away — there’s definitely room for it! But it makes sense to do it from a fully informed perspective. A lot of the criticism I’ve seen appears to be working off of a mistaken assumption — one which I myself thought was correct — so it certainly seems relevant to clear things up. I, for one, am glad to see that someone did.