“Peace.” What a curious concept. None of us have known it and yet we all yearn for it. Every tyrant says that their rule will bring it. It is the aim of every war. So much so, it seems, that war-makers are even given awards for it. Much as the backers of Barack have done with the image of US imperialism many of the world’s elites are seeking to utilize the figure of Barack Obama to rebrand their own power. And what better way to do that than to bestow a garland of peace on the head of the Empire? Well run prisons are lauded for the “peace” they impose; of course imperialism desires peace.
Public awards are rarely to reward the exceptional, but to set the parameters and reinforcement of expectations. So, entirely out of that spirit and with the irony obnoxiously intended, I would like to, in my humble capacity, award “peace” to all of those Afghanis and Pakistanis now lying in the grave, killed since Barack Obama became President and escalated the war in your countries. Your “prize” is that I pledge to help build an anti-war movement in the United States that will fight for the immediate withdrawal of all imperialist troops from your country. Small even paltry, I know, but it is the very least, as someone in whose name your death was done, that I can do.