President Barack Obama defends just war in Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech


Foreign Policy in Focus offers a lesson in nonviolence to President Obama.

Writer Eric Stoner contends that the most widely quoted portion of Obama’s speech “… contains several logical inconsistencies and historical inaccuracies that tragically reveal Obama's profound ignorance of nonviolent alternatives to the use of military force.”

Obama seems to be conflicted himself on the value of non-violence. There is "nothing weak — nothing passive — nothing naïve — in the creed and lives of Gandhi and [Martin Luther] King," said Obama, but then inferred that to live and act nonviolently never involves standing "idle in the face of threats,” equating non-violence with doing nothing.

Many peace builders – including famous figures like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., put their lives on the line in their struggle for a more just world. They can hardly be characterized as "idle in the face of threats” writes Stoner.