President Donald Trump is still griping about not being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize even though he threatened to commit war crimes against Iran just days ago.
In an escalation of hostilities against Iran, Trump ordered the assassination of one of their top generals, Qasem Suleimani, who was killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad airport. The killing has raised fears of war between Iran and the United States that could turn into a world war. If that were not enough, Trump also threatened to bomb cultural sites located in Iran, an action that is considered a war crime under American and international law. Trump would go on to double down on that threat even after his top officials attempted in vain to walk it back.
Trump definitely does not deserve a Nobel Peace Prize, yet he complained, albeit three months too late, that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the honor for making “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”
“I’m going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize,” Trump told a crowd of his supporters during a rally in Ohio on Thursday. “I’ll tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved a country and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said, ‘What, did I have something do with it?’ Yeah, but you know, that’s the way it is. As long as we know, that’s all that matters.”
Trump literally is taking credit for something Abiy Ahmed did. Not only did Trump NOT play any role in the resolution of the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, but he is also confusing that situation with a minor role Washington played in a deal struck between Ethiopia and Egypt over a dam on the Nile river.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee, which recently mocked Trump’s demand that his tweets be considered legal notice, informed him of his confusion and mocked his tantrum over not getting a Nobel Peace Prize.
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) January 10, 2020
The only reason why Trump wants a Nobel Peace Prize so badly is because former President Barack Obama has one, which he received for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” according to the Nobel Committee in 2009. “The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”
That work to rid the world of nuclear weapons included the Iran nuclear deal, which prevented Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons. The Iranians had been complying with the agreement, but Trump withdrew from it anyway and his killing of Suleimani resulted in Iran withdrawing from the deal after they spent months trying to make the deal work anyway without U.S. involvement.
The Nobel Committee also cited Obama’s work to restore diplomacy throughout the world.
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.
Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.
Trump has largely rejected diplomacy in favor of bullying, threats, and tantrums, which have only increased chaos around the globe.
And his feeble attempt to denuclearize North Korea has been a complete failure as Kim Jong Un works to build his nuclear arsenal and has returned to testing missiles.
The bottom line is that Trump never deserved the Nobel Peace Prize and never will, and his desperation to outdo Obama is pathetic.
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