Obama's Promise - Letter published in the Globe and Mail from Metta Spencer, Canadian Pugwash member and Editor, Peace Magazine, approving of Obama's Nobel prize.
Making a promise is an act. Saying "I do" in a wedding binds you, changes your status. In that sense, Obama's Nobel prize is for his actions. But Obama does not control others' actions. Whether any political leader's actions are fulfilled cannot be determined just by him, but by the people. Obama has made the promises that we wanted the world's most powerful man to make. It is up to us -- the whole world -- to decide whether they will be fulfilled. I vote yes. And I thank the Nobel committee for recognizing Obama is a man whose pledge commits us to a higher course of action.