Obama and the Nobel Prize: When War Becomes Peace, When the Lie Becomes the Truth

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When war
becomes peace,

When concepts
and realities are turned upside down,

When fiction
becomes truth and truth becomes fiction.

When a global
military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor,

When the
killing of civilians is upheld as “collateral damage,"

When those
who resist the US-NATO led invasion of their homeland are categorized
as “insurgents” or “terrorists."

When preemptive
nuclear war is upheld as self-defense.

When advanced
torture and “interrogation” techniques are routinely used to “protect
peacekeeping operations,"

When tactical
nuclear weapons are heralded by the Pentagon as “harmless to the
surrounding civilian population”

When three
quarters of US personal federal income tax revenues are allocated
to financing what is euphemistically referred to as “national defense”

When the
Commander in Chief of the largest military force on planet earth
is presented as a global peace-maker,

When the
Lie becomes the Truth.

Obama’s
“War Without Borders”

We are the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history.
The US in partnership with NATO and Israel has launched a global
military adventure which, in a very real sense, threatens the future
of humanity.

At this critical
juncture in our history, the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision
to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President and Commander in Chief
Barack Obama constitutes an unmitigated tool of propaganda and distortion,
which unreservedly supports the Pentagon’s “Long War”: “A War without
Borders” in the true sense of the word, characterised by the Worldwide
deployment of US military might.

Apart from
the diplomatic rhetoric, there has been no meaningful reversal of
US foreign policy in relation to the George W. Bush presidency,
which might have remotely justified the granting of the Nobel Prize
to Obama. In fact quite the opposite. The Obama military agenda
has sought to extend the war into new frontiers. With a new team
of military and foreign policy advisers, the Obama war agenda has
been far more effective in fostering military escalation than that
formulated by the NeoCons.

Since the very
outset of the Obama presidency, this global military project has
become increasingly pervasive, with the reinforcement of US military
presence in all major regions of the World and the development of
new advanced weapons systems on an unprecedented scale.

Granting the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama provides legitimacy
to the illegal practices of war, to the military occupation of foreign
lands, to the relentless killings of civilians in the name of “democracy."

Both the Obama
administration and NATO are directly threatening Russia, China and
Iran. The US under Obama is developing “a First Strike Global Missile
Shield System”:

“Along with
space-based weapons, the Airborne Laser is the next defense frontier.
… Never has Ronald Reagan’s dream of layered missile defenses
– Star Wars, for short – been as…close, at least technologically,
to becoming realized.”

Reacting
to this consolidation, streamlining and upgrading of American
global nuclear strike potential, on August 11 the Commander-in-Chief
of the Russian Air Force, the same Alexander Zelin cited earlier
on the threat of U.S. strikes from space on all of his nation,
said that the “Russian Air Force is preparing to meet the threats
resulting from the creation of the Global Strike Command in the
U.S. Air Force” and that Russia is developing “appropriate systems
to meet the threats that may arise.” (Rick Rozoff, Showdown
with Russia and China: U.S. Advances First Strike Global Missile
Shield System
, Global Research, August 19, 2009)

At no time
since the Cuban missile crisis has the World been closer to the
unthinkable: a World War III scenario, a global military conflict
involving the use of nuclear weapons.

  1. The so-called
    missile defense shield or Star Wars initiative involving the first
    strike use of nuclear weapons is now to be developed globally
    in different regions of the World. The missile shield is largely
    directed against Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.
  2. New US
    military bases have been set up with a view to establishing US
    spheres of influence in every region of the World as well as surrounding
    and confronting Russia and China.
  3. There has
    been an escalation in the Central Asian Middle East war. The “defense
    budget” under Obama has spiraled with increased allocations to
    both Afghanistan and Iraq.
  4. Under orders
    of president Obama, acting as Commander in Chief, Pakistan is
    now the object of routine US aerial bombardments in violation
    of its territorial sovereignty, using the “Global War on Terrorism”
    as a justification.
  5. The construction
    of new military bases is envisaged in Latin America including
    Colombia on the immediate border of Venezuela.
  6. Military
    aid to Israel has increased. The Obama presidency has expressed
    its unbending support for Israel and the Israeli military. Obama
    has remained mum on the atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza.
    There has not even been a semblance of renewed Israeli-Palestinian
    negotiations.
  7. There has
    been a reinforcement of the new regional commands including AFRICOM
    and SOUTHCOM.
  8. A new round
    of threats has been directed against Iran.
  9. The US
    is intent upon fostering further divisions between Pakistan and
    India, which could lead to a regional war, as well as using India’s
    nuclear arsenal as an indirect means to threaten China.

The diabolical
nature of this military project was outlined in the 2000 Project
for a New American Century (PNAC). The PNAC’s declared objectives
are:

  • defend the
    American homeland;
  • fight and
    decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;
  • perform
    the “constabulary” duties associated with shaping the security
    environment in critical regions;
  • transform
    U.S. forces to exploit the “revolution in military affairs;” (Project
    for a New American Century, Rebuilding Americas Defenses.pdf
    ,
    September 2000)

The “Revolution
in Military Affairs” refers to the development of new advanced weapons
systems. The militarization of space, new advanced chemical and
biological weapons, sophisticated laser-guided missiles, bunker
buster bombs, not to mention the US Air Force’s climatic warfare
program (HAARP) based in Gokona, Alaska, are part of Obama’s “humanitarian
arsenal."

War against
the Truth

This is a war
against the truth. When war becomes peace, the world is turned upside
down. Conceptualization is no longer possible. An inquisitorial
social system emerges.

An understanding
of fundamental social and political events is replaced by a World
of sheer fantasy, where “evil folks” are lurking. The objective
of the “Global War on Terrorism” which has been fully endorsed by
Obama administration has been to galvanize public support for a
Worldwide campaign against heresy.

In the eyes
of public opinion, possessing a “just cause” for waging war is central.
A war is said to be Just if it is waged on moral, religious or ethical
grounds. The consensus is to wage war. People can longer think for
themselves. They accept the authority and wisdom of the established
social order.

The Nobel Committee
says that President Obama has given the world “hope for a better
future.” The prize is awarded for Obama’s

“extraordinary
efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation
between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance
to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear
weapons.”

…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.
(Nobel
Press Release, October 9, 2009
)

The granting
of the Nobel “peace prize” to president Barack Obama has become
an integral part of the Pentagon’s propaganda machine. It provides
a human face to the invaders, it upholds the demonization of those
who oppose US military intervention.

The decision
to grant Obama the Nobel Peace Prize was no doubt carefully negotiated
with the Norwegian Committee at the highest levels of the US government.
It has far-reaching implications.

It unequivocally
upholds the US-led war as a “Just Cause." It erases the war
crimes committed both by the Bush and Obama administrations.

War Propaganda:
Jus ad Bellum

The “Just War”
theory serves to camouflage the nature of US foreign policy, while
providing a human face to the invaders.

In both its
classical and contemporary versions, the Just war theory upholds
war as a “humanitarian operation." It calls for military intervention
on ethical and moral grounds against “insurgents," “terrorists,"
“failed” or “rogue states."

The Just War
has been heralded by the Nobel Committee as an instrument of Peace.
Obama personifies the “Just War."

Taught in US
military academies, a modern-day version of the “Just War” theory
has been embodied into US military doctrine. The “war on terrorism”
and the notion of “preemption” are predicated on the right to “self-defense.”
They define “when it is permissible to wage war”: jus ad bellum.

Jus ad bellum
has served to build a consensus within the Armed Forces command
structures. It has also served to convince the troops that they
are fighting for a “just cause." More generally, the Just War
theory in its modern day version is an integral part of war propaganda
and media disinformation, applied to gain public support for a war
agenda. Under Obama as Nobel Peace Laureate, the Just War becomes
universally accepted, upheld by the so-called international community.

The ultimate
objective is to subdue the citizens, totally depoliticize social
life in America, prevent people from thinking and conceptualizing,
from analyzing facts and challenging the legitimacy of the US-NATO-led
war.

War becomes
peace, a worthwhile “humanitarian undertaking." Peaceful dissent
becomes heresy.

Military
Escalation with a Human Face. Nobel Committee grants the “Green
Light”

More significantly,
the Nobel Peace Prize grants legitimacy to an unprecedented “escalation”
of US-NATO-led military operations under the banner of peacemaking.

It contributes
to falsifying the nature of the US-NATO military agenda.

Between 40,000
to 60,000 more US and allied troops are to be sent to Afghanistan
under a peacemaking banner. On the 8th of October, a day prior to
the Nobel Committee’s decision, the US congress granted Obama a
680-billion-dollar defense authorization bill, which is slated to
finance the process of military escalation:

“Washington
and its NATO allies are planning an unprecedented increase of
troops for the war in Afghanistan, even in addition to the 17,000
new American and several thousand NATO forces that have been committed
to the war so far this year."

The number,
based on as yet unsubstantiated reports of what U.S. and NATO
commander Stanley McChrystal and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff Michael Mullen have demanded of the White House, range
from 10,000 to 45,000.

Fox News
has cited figures as high as 45,000 more American soldiers and
ABC News as many as 40,000. On September 15 the Christian Science
Monitor wrote of “perhaps as many as 45,000.”

The similarity
of the estimates indicate that a number has been agreed upon and
America’s obedient media is preparing domestic audiences for the
possibility of the largest escalation of foreign armed forces
in Afghanistan’s history. Only seven years ago the United States
had 5,000 troops in the country, but was scheduled to have 68,000
by December even before the reports of new deployments surfaced.
(Rick Rozoff, U.S.,
NATO Poised For Most Massive War In Afghanistan’s History
,
Global Research, September 24, 2009)

Within hours
of the decision of the Norwegian Nobel committee, Obama met with
the War Council, or should we call it the “Peace Council."
This meeting had been carefully scheduled to coincide with that
of the Norwegian Nobel committee.

This key meeting
behind closed doors in the Situation Room of the White House included
Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary
of Defense Robert Gates, and key political and military advisers.
General Stanley McChrystal participated in the meeting via video
link from Kabul.

General Stanley
McChrystal is said to have offered the Commander in Chief “several
alternative options” “including a maximum injection of 60,000 extra
troops." The 60,000 figure was quoted following a leak of the
Wall Street Journal (AFP:
After Nobel nod, Obama convenes Afghan war council
, October
9, 2009).

“The president
had a robust conversation about the security and political challenges
in Afghanistan and the options for building a strategic approach
going forward,” according to an administration official (quoted
in AFP:
After Nobel nod, Obama convenes Afghan war council
October
9, 2009).

The Nobel committee
had in a sense given Obama a green light. The October 9 meeting
in the Situation Room was to set the groundwork for a further escalation
of the conflict under the banner of counterinsurgency and democracy
building.

Meanwhile,
in the course of the last few months, US forces have stepped up
their aerial bombardments of village communities in the northern
tribal areas of Pakistan, under the banner of combating Al Qaeda.

This article
originally appeared on GlobalResearch.ca.

October
12, 2009

Michel Chossudovsky
is the publisher of GlobalResearch.ca.

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