Friday, May 25, 2012
This is coolbert:
From the StrategyPage web site devoted to the archived "On Point" articles of Colonel Austin Bay we have this item:
"What Kind of Action in the World Justifies a Nobel Peace Prize?"
Colonel Bay in response to the decision of the Nobel committee to award the Peace Prize to President Obama, an action that in some circles raised a lot of eyebrows.
Colonel Bay too NOT EVEN REALLY ANSWERING HIS OWN QUESTION!
That Nobel Peace Prize as originally envisioned and awarded NOT something given away easily on whim AND NOT WITHOUT ACTION!
The Peace Prize as awarded from the inception to persons or entities that have facilitated a peace settlement to two warring parties, adversaries already in conflict, WAR!
Persons or entities using their "good offices" or role as a mediator, arbitrator or facilitator to broker a peace and a cessation of hostilities such as was the case with the Treaty of Portsmouth that brought a conclusion to the Russo-Japanese War of 1905! President Theodore Roosevelt at that exact moment the man of the hour.
"Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his back channel efforts before and during the peace negotiations, even though he never came to Portsmouth."
Again, the prize "originally envisioned and awarded" for facilitating an END to hostilities that already existed. NOTHING MORE than that.
Even not spot on the money with this particular entry from the archive, Colonel Bay is an outstanding observer of all things military and an excellent writer to boot. I highly suggest bookmarking the "On Point" archive and checking for updates from time to time.