US President Barack Obama needs to make good on the promises that won him the Nobel Peace Prize, fellow laureate and former US president Jimmy Carter said on Thursday.Yes just ask the Copts. They are feeling the just settling and possibilities of Muslim love.
Carter, 86, who has worked to resolve conflicts and promote democracy since losing office 30 years ago, has been critical of US - and Israeli - positions on Middle East peace and called Obama's likely veto of giving UN membership to a Palestinian state a "mistake" at a time when, he believed, the Arab Spring had opened new possibilities for settling the region's disputes.
The shaking up of authoritarian rule in the Arab world has, Carter said, brought opportunities for resolving a conflict in which he, when president, was credited with helping broker the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.And giving the world an Iran dominated by the Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Moosavi Khomeini and the Mullahs of Iran. Thank you Mr. Carter. It did a lot for World Peace!
Noting his support for the Palestinian push this year for their statehood to be recognized at the United Nations, he said he hoped they would secure backing in the UN General Assembly to at least enhance their status in the body. But he said the US veto in the Security Council would block full membership.You should never have gotten it if the Nobel Peace Prize really meant something and was not a Liberal piece of junk.
"The United States will veto any move in the Security Council if they get the votes there, which I think is a mistake. But that's the privilege of the president to decide," he said during a brief visit to Oslo to meet Norwegian diplomats.
Many tipsters think the Norwegian Nobel Committee, appointed by the parliament in Oslo, may honor the young, Twitter-using demonstrators who humbled police states in Tunis and Cairo and set an example for Syrians, Libyans, Yemenis and others.
But the Peace Prize is notoriously difficult to predict and Carter, whose presence in Oslo was, he said, coincidental, would not be drawn on a forecast: "I don't have any way to know ahead of time," he said. "I didn't know when I got it."
"I hope he'll fulfill the promises that were made at the time he got the peace prize," Carter said in an interview when asked what Obama, who was honored in 2009 after being in office less than a year, could do to live up to the honor.Carter loves Obama for he is no longer the worse Presidents in our history (sorry Millard Fillmore), Obama is lower than him.
"It was given primarily because of some of the commitments he had made verbally, his speeches and so forth about taking the leadership role and dealing with global warming and dealing with the immigration problem, enhancing human rights, promoting peace in the Middle East," said Carter, a prizewinner in 2002.
"I hope that some of those promises will be realized," he said, adding that he believed Obama would overcome sagging poll ratings to win re-election to a second term next year.
Obama, who acknowledged that his award was controversial in 2009 when "at the beginning and not at the end" of his presidency, has been accused of failing to deliver on promises made in a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo that year.
The toppling this year of Tunisia's strongman followed by Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, a close US ally, drew criticism that Washington was slow to back the democrats at their expense.
Though often controversial, the award could be a force for good, Carter said, even in cases like last year's prize for imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, which prompted reprisals against Norway by Beijing and has been followed by what rights activists describe as a stepping up of pressure on dissent.
"I think it was possibly a positive factor in China although they'd disavow that and they react adversely as you know when there's any criticism from outside about the human rights policy," said Carter, who noted he has been a regular visitor to China since he normalized US relations with Beijing in 1979.
Based on his own frequent work as an election observer, he praised the "fairly good democracy" allowed in small village elections, though recent developments had been less positive: "I think the Arab Spring signals have cautioned the Chinese leaders not to permit as much flexibility."
At the same time, however, he noted China's acceptance of the rebellion in Libya: "The Chinese have been fairly supportive of some of the moves toward democracy, like in Libya ... so I have hopes for the future, that Chinese political freedom will follow their economic freedom."
The fall of Mubarak has left the army in control of Egypt and Carter said he was keen that his teams should play a role, as Egyptian democracy campaigners want, in observing eventual elections there - something the generals have been hesitant about permitting, citing concerns about sovereignty.
Carter, who plans to observe Tunisia's election later this month, said he spoke last week to Egypt's interim leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi: "We have offered our services to monitor the election there ... and he's invited me to 'witness' the election. That's a distance from 'observing'."
But even that could promote the democratic process, Carter said: "They're very careful about their sovereignty so we'll play whatever role they permit us to ... Any outside presence, even far short of official observer status, will help to deter improper election procedures. It helps to stabilize the situation. It gives some confidence to the opposition parties."
If Obama doesn't veto the resolution in the Security Council he will not win in November for he will not be able to raise the funds he needs. If he does veto the resolution he will alienate the Muslim world. Here is the $64,000 question: Will the Muslim world be voting in November 2012?