Essay about A Peace Prize Speech : Is It Necessary For Peace?

1014 Words Apr 29th, 2016 5 Pages
When President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States was in the odd predicament of fighting two wars. Obama noted the apparent strangeness of this, but didn’t outright say war was bad or unnecessary. Instead, Obama claimed that war was in fact necessary in order to attain lasting peace, (3). He stated that while non-violent intervention is ultimately the desired solution instead of armed conflict, it is sometimes impossible to secure peace from non-violent actions, (3). He further stated that in order for lasting peace to be attained, war must be fought justly and that peace must encompass all rights, not just civil or political, (7). In Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech, he argued that just and lasting peace cannot be attained solely through nonviolence, but, instead, through “just war”.
With the acute awareness of the strange situation he found himself in, Obama found it necessary not only to justify “just war” to the audience, but to justify the serious consequences that inevitably follow armed conflict. Obama said, “While it’s hard to conceive of a cause more just than the defeat of the Third Reich and the Axis powers, World War II was a conflict in which the total number of civilians who died exceeded the number of soldiers who perished,” (2). Using one of the least controversial American military interventions, Obama noted how a “just war” can be both morally correct and detrimental. And while intervention was entirely necessary and provided…

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