President Obama: The only Nobel Laureate guilty of war crimes

Published: November 22, 2013
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I’m sorry, Mr President. You, Nobel Laureate, are guilty of war crimes.

It is a champion of human rights, it is a champion of science and technology. It is a champion of arts and humanities. It is the forerunner in world economy and is a central figure in the global power politics that shape the future of nations.

It is also guilty of more war crimes than you can imagine. It is probably the only country in the world that lives and breathes paradoxes. It witnessed its people occupying Wall Street but at the same time, keeps denying the Geneva Convention and the International Court of Crimes.

When it comes to its own evils and its own sovereignty, the United States has one heck of a bloated self-esteem.

The president of the United States is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. I reiterate this fact because, like many others have pointed out before me, this doesn’t mean he gets to shake his head and ‘condemn’ violence conditionally if it occurs in Aurora or Sandy Hook. It means he has to light a candle for the many children who have died in the wars that America fought. Their own soldiers. The women and children their soldiers raped and killed. The houses that were destroyed by robots.

The tribute the American nation is paying to their own military is filled with blood and tragedy – and for a democracy, they have little or no power in stopping this madness. Furthermore, weak nations like Pakistan have no choice but to bow down and accept this madness as the way of the world. It is a tragic comedy of sorts that turns into a chaotic game of Chinese whispers. On one hand, Sartaj Aziz, the PM’s adviser for National Security and Foreign Affairs, remarks that the United States considered Hakimullah Mehsud to be a high-value target. Government sources indicate that the US may suspend drone strikes in order for the peace talks with the Taliban. A few hours later, a drone strike hits Pakistani land again.

The ‘war on terror’ fought by unmanned drones and killing unarmed women and children (the figures go to about 3700, not regarding Pakistani government data), seems to have no bearing on their conscience. The United States military creates an omnipotent image to the world.

You mess with them, they will go George Bush on you.

You either let them use your Mujahideen, your ISI, your army in the war against an “evil empire” (perhaps the Soviets can shed better light on this than the average Pakistani), or you let yourself be collateral damage. You either let them use your airspace, breaking one of the most cardinal rules of international law, or you say goodbye to the billions of dollars in aid that they send you.

Then, once they have used you, exploited you, chosen your blood to war against ‘terrorists’ that they had a high-functioning role in creating – they hand you a few dollars and tell you,

“This was fun, we should do it again.”

There is no amount of conscientious blogs or marches on streets or hunger strikes or little children holding up placards or papers published and symposiums held by human rights’ activists that can make the United States see that the wars it wages are hypocritical, catastrophic and certainly not worthy of a country that produces more humanitarians than the rest of the world. It is not worthy of a country that claims to change the New World Order. It is not worthy of a country that is the epicentre of knowledge and advancement. It is not worthy of a country that put a man on the moon, cloned sheep and changed this world into a mass of information technology.

And it is definitely not worthy of a country whose President is a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

I’m sorry, Mr President. You, Nobel Laureate, are guilty of war crimes.

Mahwash.Badar.

Mahwash Badar

The author is a clinical psychologist, a mum to two boys and permanently in a state of flux. She tweets @mahwashajaz_ (twitter.com/mahwashajaz_)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Akash

    Of course no country in the world is perfect. Obama was first to admit the wrongs committed by US foreign policy. As US president, its his duty to protect the country regardless of weather he is winner of peace prize or not. He was the first one to reach out to Islamic world.

    Secondly Obama has focused on reducing the theatre of war from Iraq and also Afghanistan. Even in Pakistan, there are no boots on ground. In case of Iran or Syria he is giving every chance to diplomacy rather than war mongering.

    So rather than just looking at one aspect of USA i.e., drone strikes , author would do well to look at policies on a more holistic level.
    At the end of the day its in Pakistan interest if Mehsud is killed by drone, or Haqqani network is eliminated (although last point is debatable given Pakistan’s love for some so called strategic assets).

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  • BlackJack

    Dude, giving President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is a travesty, or in the least a really bad joke. He has done nothing for World Peace. If every second President starts a war and every next one scales it down, then the Nobel Peace Prize system can be automated – not starting wars is hardly criteria to give away the world’s most prestigious peace award. And it’s not that I don’t like Obama, but the Nobel Peace Prize has become a political pat on the back from the West, which is why, Kissinger and Le Duc Tho (who had the grace to refuse), Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat got it just for a couple of meetings in conflicts that still persist while eminent people from the developing world who devoted their lives to peaceful and noble causes stand ignored (Edhi for one, in India possibly Vinobha Bhave).Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii

    India possibly Vinobha Bhave, not Ghandhi !!!! this tells about you more than about ur understanding of Nobel prize/ choices !!!Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii

    what makes you think US presidents should work for the people of the world and not for the people of USA. Is it just because USA is Rich and powerfull. By that standards, I think pakistan army could take care of terrorism by themselves is it not !!!! OR do u think pakistan army not so powerful as taliban !!!!Recommend

  • 123xyz

    obama deserves nobel . he worked hard for stopping the nuclear proliferation. brought transparency in nuclear deals. it is important considering the future of the world.

    there are edhis in every country. they are social activist whose work only benefited their own country.

    you should know that.Recommend

  • Reaper

    You are forgetting another Proud American in that list- Henry KessingerRecommend

  • Critical

    FYI,Obama is just doing damage control for what Bush administration did and at times he needs to take some harsh decisions….Though he doesnt deserve Nobel Prize..Blaming him of warcrimes is little too harsh…He’s actually cleaning up someone else dirty laundry….

    Anyway Nobel Peace Prize lost its relevance when Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa got it…So Obama receiving isnt so surprising…Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Killing Taliban is not a war crime. It’s a service to the civilized world.Recommend

  • Guest

    In outrage, the author has forgotten about of Yasser Arafat and Henry Kissenger much bigger criminals than obama..Recommend

  • Parvez

    Liked what you said.Recommend

  • Parvez

    You came out swinging…..throwing all types of upper cuts and punches. Great stuff.
    Where I disagree with you is when you say……..countries like Pakistan have no choice……BUT THEY DO. What they don’t have is the moral rectitude required to make the right choice because self interest trumps all else.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)

    Never shall we ever forget those leaders who are responsible for the heinous genocides of 1947 and 1971, in which millions of innocent humans were cold bloodedly slaughtered and lakhs of women raped or abandoned. From the last 65 years, almost 2 million heavily armed soldiers are facing each other in red alert! And how much is the astronomical amount spent for this paranoid charade?

    These hero leaders, are in fact war criminals, and you know why? Because they, in contrary to Obama, fuelled and instigated hatred, division, wars and a bloodbath against our very own people, be it Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims or Bengalis!Recommend

  • rasgullah

    So you don’t blame your country for selling itself in order to get hardware to balance against India? You have also sold your country to Saudi Arabia and China. So they too will demand payments in the future. Recommend

  • x

    How has it served our interests when one Mehsud was repalced by another, Fazlullah will be replaced by another son/brother/cousin/son in law/kin, etc and angered and frustarted by the war which has killed so many innocents, the abject poverty and lawlessness due to the toll the country is taking, many more join their ranks. US will pack up and leave having FAILED in this twelve year long war which has wreaked damage on our nation and people, we will be left with the mess. And the common people will suffer. Bravo to the champions of human rights. Didn’t they leave uswith the mess post the soviet war? Didn’t CIA help us create the mess that they now wage war against? Doesnt the US ignore human rights atrocities in Saudi Arabia because they have the oil, power and money? Doesn’t it prop up ruthless dictators who annihiliate the very concept pf human rights in many countries when it serves its interests?Recommend

  • x

    As a Pakistani, I would like to know your views on Anna Hazare and Modi? Not trolling or mocking, just curious as to what the Indian people think and actually feel beyond the biased reporting we get from assorted journalists working for their own vested interests. There should be a forum for Indians and Pakistanis, the masses, the educated, the liberal, the conservative, just the normal people to interact and share their unfiltered views and show true picture of what life in their country is like and how institutions/leaders/policies are really perceived. Would clear up a lot of misconceptions and biases.Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Thank you for asking, and your forum idea is a great one, although moderation is likely to be a 24/7 job :). Although there is little in common among the two (AH, NM), their dramatic rise to national prominence in both cases is a reaction to systemic inertia and a leadership vacuum. To me, Anna Hazare appears a well-meaning social activist with antiquated thinking – the right concerns but often wrong solutions. On Modi, my views echo those of many others; I am yet another Indian who feels the fatigue of a 11-year old highly politicized witch hunt that the justice system has given no credence to. I am not Gujarati, but the impressive margins with which he has won the last three elections in a state that has been riot-free for a decade now (unlike several others), the ability to consistently attract investment (implying a lower downside beta vs other states) and his gradually increasing popularity with the non-Hindu population in the state indicates that there must be positive work going on there.Recommend

  • BlackJack

    The Nobel Peace Prize committee has publicly declared its regret in not giving Mahatma Gandhi the prize (after he was nominated five times) – which is recognition in its own right (they also did not give away any prize in the year he died stating no living suitable candidate), and that is why I did not mention his name.Recommend

  • Saif

    Actually I would put people like rabin, Arafat, kessinger, begin, sadat all who got nobel prizes as perpetrators of war crimes alsoRecommend

  • Akash

    I am not in favor of Obama getting Noble peace prize. My opinion is that he is still better than so many of his predecessor. That was decision of the body who conferred him prize and most of us disagree with the same. My point lets look at all the other things done by Obama. Ofcourse he can do moreRecommend

  • Humanity

    Utter nonsense …Recommend