What kind of person wins the Nobel Peace Prize? It’s simple really, someone who furthered the cause of peace around the world. That’s not an easy task though. Humanity seems hellbent on destroying itself. Every generation finds new ways to kill. The idea that a single person can do anything to change that seems near impossible.
In 2009 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama. Interesting. He had just been elected President of the United States. As the first black man to be president, that’s certainly an impressive feat. But did he do anything—at that point—that fulfilled the Alfred Nobel’s requirements? Nobel wrote in his will:
The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. (Nobel.org)
Yeah, you might love Obama, but he didn’t do anything like that a few months into his administration. According to the organization, he “inspired hope for a better future.” Okay. I’ll give you that one. I’m not interested in taking Obama’s Nobel Prize. But you have to admit, the Committee was a tad premature that year.
Keep in mind some of the other recipients included Martin Luther King, who gave his life for Civil Rights. Mother Teresa won the prize, after years of service to the poor. Elie Wiesel won it, after writing about his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp.
It’s clear this award is given to people who accomplish extraordinary things. But what about Trump? The current President of the United States might be the most polarizing leader in our country’s history. Established politicians—both liberal and conservative alike—hate him.
His own supporters, however, love him with an undying devotion. Even now, they pack out venues to hear him speak at rallies. With every slanderous article from the mainstream media, they redouble their devotion.
But is he worthy of a Nobel Prize? According to South Korea President, Moon Jae-in, yes.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said U.S. President Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, a South Korean official said on Monday.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” Moon told a meeting of senior secretaries, according to a presidential Blue House official who briefed media.
Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday pledged at a summit to end hostilities between their countries and work toward the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula. (Reuters)
Moon is giving Trump a heck of a lot of credit. The Nobel Peace Prize? That’s a significant honor. It’s supposed to only go to someone who’s made a huge impact on the world—for the cause of peace.
Trump’s enemies will claim he’s done the exact opposite. Although, they’ll have a hard time proving he’s started any wars.
Keep in mind that North and South Korea have been at war since the 1950’s. Yes, the Korea War your grandfather talked about is technically still going on. The fighting ended in a truce, not a treaty. So, by all realistic measures, both nations are still at war. Anyone that crosses the DMZ is in danger of being killed or arrested.
Up until very recently, North Korea continued to talk like a nation at war. Their military was hastily developing weapons of mass destruction. The national media and their leader, Kim Jong-Un, promised to wipe America off the map. South Korea and Japan would go with it.
Suddenly, all that’s changing. Kim Jong-Un has met with South Korea’s president. They are talking about a peace treaty. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with the man. There are plans for Kim to meet with Trump himself. They’ve even vowed to end their nuclear program.
None of this should be possible. For almost seventy years, North Korea has promised war. Now, they want peace and cooperation. Why the sudden turnaround? Nothing like this happened until Trump became President.
The Trump administration has led a global effort to impose ever stricter sanctions on North Korea and the U.S. president exchanged bellicose threats with Kim in the past year over North Korea’s development of nuclear missiles capable of reaching the United States. (Reuters)
Naturally, the left will scoff at such an idea. The reaction has been predictable.
Jon Healey of the LA Times blustered, claiming that, while Trump’s tough approach might work in North Korea, it would surely lead to problems elsewhere.
The problem with this strategy is that at some point, a nation on the receiving end of the threats will call Trump’s bluff. And then what? This is not a sustainable long-term approach to tough foreign-policy challenges. It might yield results in North Korea, but if it becomes a blueprint for Trump, it could very well lead to a much worse outcome elsewhere. (LA Times)
But Healey and other liberals refuse to acknowledge is that Trump doesn’t use the same strategies for every nation. He was tough on North Korea because they respond to tough talk. Healey naturally assumes Trump’s approach will push another nation over the edge, leading to war. A weak argument, much like the rest of them.
Senator Lindsey Graham gloated on TV, saying liberals would kill themselves if Trump received such an auspicious award.
But will he be given it? That’s up to the Nobel Committee. Maybe they agree that Trump’s efforts to end the Korean War are worthy of the prize. Maybe not. According to some reports, when a reporter asked Trump about the rumors he responded, “Peace is the prize!”
Perhaps in the end, that’s all that matters.