Bleeding Heart

I am an unashamed fan of Jimmy Carter, and I have been for a long time. While I don’t think he was a great President (due largely to forces that would have stymied most anyone in his position), he is an incredible ex-President. His nobel prize is well-deserved.

News coverage of the award ceremony is extensive. Some highlights:
Carter accepts Peace Prize in a ‘more dangerous’ world
[from Aftenposten]

With Warning, Carter Accepts Nobel
[from The Washington Post

Nobel chief stirs controversy by taking swipe at Bush
[from Dawn]

The speech Carter gave on the occassion is a clarion call for negotiated, multilateral, thoughtful action in the pursuit of peace:

“It is clear that global challenges must be met by an emphasis on peace, in harmony with others, with strong alliances and international consensus. Imperfect as it may be, there is no doubt that this can best be done through the United Nations. . . .

For powerful countries to adopt a principle of preventive war may well set an example that can have catastrophic consequences. . . .

I am not here as a public official, but as a citizen of a troubled world who finds hope in a growing consensus that the generally accepted goals of society are peace, freedom, human rights, environmental quality, the alleviation of suffering and the rule of law. . . .”

Posted on December 11th, 2002 by Katxena