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den 13 oktober 2009

  Ingen fred utan fredsbevarare

New York Times kolumnist Thomas Friedman har skrivit det tal som Obama borde hålla i Oslo när han tar emot Nobels fredspris:

As I said on the day it was announced, ‘I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.’ Therefore, upon reflection, I cannot accept this award on my behalf at all.

“But I will accept it on behalf of the most important peacekeepers in the world for the last century ”” the men and women of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. …

“Until the words of Isaiah are made true and lasting ”” and nations never again lift up swords against nations and never learn war anymore ”” we will need peacekeepers. Lord knows, ours are not perfect, and I have already moved to remedy inexcusable excesses we’ve perpetrated in the war on terrorism.

“But have no doubt, those are the exception. If you want to see the true essence of America, visit any U.S. military outpost in Iraq or Afghanistan.


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