Norwegian historian disappointed with Obama's remarks on war 2009-12-11 11:08:20   Print

Realted: 2009 Nobel laureates receive their prizes

    OSLO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks on Thursday about the role of war in preserving peace disappointed some Norwegians, especially when they came from the mouth of a Nobel Peace laureate at the prize awarding ceremony.

    Norwegian historian Hans Olav Lahlum told the Aftenposten newspaper that he was very disappointed by Obama's lengthy defense of the wars the United States have been engaged for years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    He was quoted as saying that he believed members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, who handed the 2009 peace prize to Obama, were also disappointed.

Twelve laureates -- including five women -- of the 2009 Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine and literature and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel received their prizes on Thursday at a ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall in the capital of Sweden.

The 2009 Nobel Prize winners attend the prize giving ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    Obama said in his speech that war was sometimes necessary though it in itself was never glorious.

    Wars "do have a role to play in preserving peace," said Obama.

    He praised U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for their sacrifice.

    "How dare you?" a pacifist demonstrator said in reaction to Obama's war remarks.

    About 10,000 people protested on Thursday night, marching from the Central Station to the Grand Hotel where Obama was staying. But they were kept out of Obama's sight by thousands of his supporters.

    As one of the traditions which associate with Nobel Peace Prize awarding, Obama waved from his hotel room balcony fixed with bullet-proof glass and watched a torchlight procession.

Editor: Han Jingjing
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