Strange bedfellows: Muslim world and wingnut world incredulous at Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize
American right-wingers annoyed at President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize have common cause in that regard with certain people with whom they probably would rather not be associated.
THIS PIECE from Reuters includes this paragraph:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” But critics — especially in parts of the Arab and Muslim world — called its decision premature.
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and opposes a peace treaty with Israel, said the award was premature at best.
“Obama has a long way to go still and lots of work to do before he can deserve a reward,” said Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri. “Obama only made promises and did not contribute any substance to world peace. And he has not done anything to ensure justice for the sake of Arab and Muslim causes.”
The Swedish Wire has an ARTICLE in which we hear from those lovely Taliban folks (holed up, of course, in their traditional undisclosed location):
The Taliban Friday condemned the decision to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama, saying he has “not taken a single step towards peace in Afghanistan”.
“We have seen no change in his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP.
“We condemn the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for Obama,” he said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
And here at home, we find SOUR GRAPES among the same people who cheered so lustily just a few days ago when Chicago (and, by implication, Obama) failed to win the 2016 Olympics:
The [Nobel] award is a symbolic statement of opposition to American exceptionalism, American might, American capitalism, American self-determinism, and American pursuit of America’s interests in the world.