Friday, October 09, 2009

Happy Birthday John Lennon!

John Lennon would be turning 69 years old today. Obviously he will always be remembered for his career as a Beatle. Since the Beatles did revolutionize the music world, this is a certainly fitting way for him to be remembered, but his passion later in life became that of peace!

He used his celebrity to endorse peace; he sacrificed his image and risked looking like a nut for peace; he gave his time, money, and efforts to enhance peace! Did “he” accomplish peace? No. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not an endeavor worth pursuing.

President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, and of course the conservatives wasted no time criticizing him! The top criticisms: we are fighting in two wars and his presidency is too young to have had any meaningful impact on peace.

I agree completely – we are at war currently in two countries, however these are not new wars, or even wars that this president has started. Wars take a long time to wind down, and troop presence takes even long to draw down. Hell, we’re still in Germany and Japan, and I think we won that war nearly 65 years ago! Whatever the outcome in Iraq and Afghanistan, I guarantee you will be there for a long time if we still can’t manage to get the hell out of Germany! All that aside though, I do agree that if there are no major changes to our policies with Iraq and Afghanistan in the next couple years, then the president will certainly be proving these critics right!

Secondly, yes… his presidency is young, but not necessarily too young to have had any major impact on peace. For the first time ever, Palestinians are actually taking the US more seriously on our efforts for peace in the Middle East. For the first time ever, Russia appears to be on the verge of assisting the US with Iran – there are even talks of a new alliance between NATO and Russia.

The fact is that there is not world peace. There may never be world peace. But again, just as with John Lennon’s efforts… even though it is difficult and possibly impossible, peace is an endeavor worth trying for. President Barack Obama will not bring world peace, but he has given the world something it hasn’t had in a very, very long time. Hope! Hope of peace.

According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." I certainly believe that the president has done this and is deserving of the Nobel prize; however that most certainly doesn’t mean peace is right on the horizon. He will need to continue and grow on the hope he has brought to the world. Hope alone will not bring peace.

“All we are saying… is give peace a chance!” We’re still working on in John! Happy Birthday John!

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