Sunday, October 11, 2009

Swedish again (with some Norwegian accent)

One recalls clearly how the world got ecstatic watching the presidential campaigns of the candidates in the U.S. The global public opinion invested interest and hope concerning the internal political processes of a foreign state. What could show more precisely the success of the superpower hegemony of the United States? No matter what, in many parts of the world people were looking up at Obama as if he was to be elected for the presidency in their own country. Intellectuals and analysts were trying to decide about the dynamics and potentials of his role, militants were doubting him and his declarations. And, once he was elected, there was a wave of global relief and enthusiasm. Indeed, active, outspoken, personal and direct, he has been entitled to some special attention, even more so if he is to be compared with the failure of the previous president to become anything close to the positive icon of a leader. I see the qualities of an inspired orator in him. He has achieved a high level of inspiring speech, beyond the stereotypical phrases of early 2000s. And I have to say that I agree with major parts of his approach to economy and social policy. In terms of delivered policy though, we still see the situation in Afghanistan, the recent unpleasant developments in Pakistan, the crudity of the Israeli stance in the Middle East peace process- if any-, the open wound of Iraq, the confused steps about the detainees of Guantanamo, etc. One, at this point, whispers the classical demand while evaluating the success of a worthy citizen "Λόγω μεν, έργω δε" (Oration on the one side, practical realizations on the other). And one comprehends that president Obama, who is not newly elected anymore, has quite a way to go.
I was surprised by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee to grant its Peace Prize to Pres. Obama. It claimed that he won it due to "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," citing his fledgling push for nuclear disarmament and his outreach to the Muslim world. It was all about hope and promise. But, let me say, it is like awarding a third year university student with the Nobel for Physics, because he is bright and hardworking and he promises to achieve much and extraordinary at some point.

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