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Obama confronted about peace prize in light of possible Syria strike

2013-09-06 12:09

Cape Town – A Swedish reporter has confronted US President Barack Obama about his Nobel Peace Prize in the light of an impending US missile strike against Syria.

At a joint press conference with Sweden’s Prime Minister Frederick Reinfeldt the Swedish national television reporter asked Obama: “I was wondering, could you describe the dilemma to being a Nobel Peace Prize winner and getting ready to attack Syria.”

In the Fox News broadcast Obama begins his response by referring the reporter to his acceptance speech in which he stated that compared to past recipients he was undeserving of the prize.

“What I also described is the challenge all of us face, when we believe in peace but we confront a world that is full of violence,” Obama said.

“The question then becomes what are our responsibilities. So, I’ve made every effort to end the war in Iraq, to wind down the war in Afghanistan, to strengthen our commitment to multilateral action, to promote diplomacy as a solution to problems.

“The question though, that all of us face as political leaders: At what point do we need to confront actions that are violating our common humanity?”

Obama is currently attending the G20 summit in Russia where he is pursuing the formation of an international coalition in support of limited strikes against Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces.

Comments
  • Dean Stander - 2013-09-06 12:13

    Took the media long enough...

      Horace Kawaka - 2013-09-06 13:04

      this president is the worse link to African soil to ever walked on this earth.. his father should be ashamed of what a bastard he produced!

  • AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-09-06 12:30

    A more pertinent question for the Nobel committee than Obama himself.

      Willa Prinsloo - 2013-09-06 13:48

      Absolutely. At the time of the award Obama was at least aware that he had done squat to deserve it, unlike the idiots who picked him for the award

  • Alan Van Heerden - 2013-09-06 12:41

    It doesn't serve any purpose to be Hypocritical. If gas was used in South Africa...you would want him to come running very fast. In fact, you would want anybody to put their personal interests aside to save you little A**e from being gassed. He is doing the right thing..give him some credit.

      WE Werner - 2013-09-06 12:43

      There still remains the problem of who did it , the media is trying hard to make you forget that point.

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-09-06 12:55

      WE Werner, anyone in his sober senses knows that it is the rebels who did it to distract attention as they were on the run. It does not take a rocket scientist to phantom that. If not, it was Israel to draw in world superpowers to deal with Syria

      Javed Choglè - 2013-09-06 13:02

      Alan , what gas are you talking about ? Gas according to who ? According to American media ? The UN was there already , so wait for their report . US wants a war badly and will false flag anything.

      Marc-leigh Alexander - 2013-09-06 13:05

      I think you have to look at the bigger picture, you have a body called UN which is the Overall body to vote on such case's, they have not approved any attack against Syria, therefore my question is who is America to make such decisions? China is one of the Main countries with MAJOR human rights violations, why doesn't America go to war with them, easy because they have a vested interested in China, also because they might the ass's handed to them...

      WollieVerstege - 2013-09-06 13:35

      I wonder if these same people objecting to military action now would also have objected when gas was used by the nazi's.

      Ayanda M Masina - 2013-09-06 13:37

      It's not the first time Americans have made claims against Middle East leaders, the very same Americans claimed there were WMD's in Iraq, a Chaos later there's still no WMD's in sight but insurgents killing women n children everyday, the Americans have fled back home to eat burgers whilst ppl are dying. Now they claim Assad sprayed innocents with Sarin gas, who has proof it was sanctioned by him? Already claims are 1456 people died but the Doctors without Borders who have been there all the time put the number under 400. I'll be dumb to believe these warmongers who are guilty of gassing people since Hiroshima n Nagasaki, Vietnam, Iraq (phosphorous), even their Ally Israel gassed Palestines .

      Alan Van Heerden - 2013-09-06 14:22

      Many comments are worthy of acknowledgement. @Javed..what gas (come on!) Gas was posted and I doubt the rebels are organized enough to have Sarin available for use, and why bomb your own people/ @ Marc..valid points, (wait for UN results) but the promise of USA intervention was promised a long time ago if Gas is used..they must stand by their word eventually. @ Ayanda..some true points but USA is a super power who is prepared to help (your quote..people from dying). The other super powers such as Russia and China are cowards and now turning a blind eye. I would rather rely on USA to stop Assad in his tracks. @ Mohau..I also think a WW3 is on the books either way. Too many ships already waiting to discharge in the Med. Lets pray sound reasoning prevails.

  • Jobe Mkhatywa - 2013-09-06 13:09

    Mr Obomber in your reply you forgot to mention Libya and the drones.

  • Tshepo Kealogile - 2013-09-06 13:35

    He is a trash

  • Brendan Daly - 2013-09-06 14:01

    Evil triumphs while good men do nothing! Its easy not to get involved but it takes courage to make a stand! Well done Obama!

  • Raymon McNelly - 2013-09-06 14:41

    Can any of you pro-war geniuses tell me what will happen once Assad is removed from power (like they did with Libya). Who is going to prevent the Al Qaeda supporting rebels from getting their hands on Assad's chemical-, biological- and nuclear weapons ? A leaked report out of the pentagon proposed sending 75 000 troops to guard the Assad arsenal, which will probably be a failure (like Egypt and Libya). Do any of you realize what would happen if some of these weapons fall in terrorist hands! Some of these 'rebels' are the wost type of Islamic extremist jihadi's on the face of the earth, even turning to cannibalism.

  • Duncan Colter - 2013-09-06 15:11

    It seems a common mindset (in all social media) that no ome should stop Assad killing people regardless of means. What is wrong with the world when thousands of people being slaughtered is now acceptable? There was a time the USA stayed out of other countries affairs. That resulted in WW2. Think about that

      Wotnext - 2013-09-06 21:32

      Think about this, Duncan Colter. Assad's military is fighting rebels that have links to Al-Qaeda. Whoever takes Assad out is fighting on the side of Al-Qaeda. Explain why this is a good thing. Please do some research on google and inform yourself on what this is all about.

      Mark Russell - 2013-09-07 06:06

      Hey Duncan, you are absolutely incorrect in your perception! Nobody has suggested standing by as people are murdered! The fact that people are being murdered is of massive concern but simply taking action without justification and evidence to guide your decision is tantamount to murder as well. If it was established that millions of jews were being murdered in Europe and the US decided to bomb Poland because Germany told them that they were responsible for the action...were would we be? Do you not think that it is prudent to establish the facts before taking action? You have said think about that but you should also please think before you comment.

  • Arial Sharons - 2013-09-06 21:08

    And just when I thought G W Bush was the dumbest president on the planet

  • Alfred Karius - 2013-09-07 05:39

    The fact that Mother Teresa, an evil twisted witch ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMnuio-ZYnw ) and that mass murderer Kissinger who ordered the carpet bombing of Cambodia murdering 600 000 Cambodian citizens and Obama were awarded the Noble Peace Prize turns that prize into a satirical farce. “The question though, that all of us face as political leaders: At what point do we need to confront actions that are violating our common humanity?” Comming from the world's most prolific user of chemical weapons and 'violator of our common humanity', with torture centers around the world and hundreds of inocents killed in drone attacks. The hypocrisy of the US and Obama is mindblowing. http://www.policymic.com/articles/62023/10-chemical-weapons-attacks-washington-doesn-t-want-you-to-talk-about

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-09-07 11:37

    He didn't deserve the prize and neither did the European Union that received it last year. With people like Tich Nath Han who helped broker the Vietnam peace treaty, but not deem suitable, while Henry Kissinger received the prize, the whole Nobel Peace prize has become a joke. Maybe it is because Tich is just a simple Buddhist priest.

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