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Iranians Protest Carter Peace Prize

“Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter warns that war only leads to more war,” reports the Associated Press:

“For powerful countries to adopt a principle of preventative war may well set an example that can have catastrophic consequences,” he said.

Carter cited another American Nobel peace laureate, Ralph Bunche, winner of the 1950 prize.

“To suggest that war can prevent war is a base play on words and a despicable form of warmongering….”

In his Nobel address, Carter urged respect for the United Nations as an international forum for solving disputes.

Why the respect for statements that are so clearly intellectually deficient? Because Carter rationalizes the desire to avoid the responsibility of passing moral judgment and of standing behind that judgment. Hence the blanket condemnation of preventive war–even in the face of a real, objective threat–the treatment of all parties as morally equal, the call to abdicate judgment in favor of the UN. Meanwhile…

A group of exiled Iranians … shouted “Shame on the Nobel Committee” and “Shame on Carter” as they demonstrated outside Norway’s National Theater. The theater is located near the Oslo City Hall, where Carter was awarded the Peace Prize in a traditional annual ceremony.

The demonstrators claimed that both the US and Jimmy Carter, as a former US president, share responsibility for the revolution in Iran in 1979 that unseated the shah and allowed the Ayatollah Khomeini to seize power. [Aftenposten]

Every American ought to have joined them in denouncing Carter.

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