Cindy Sheehan: How Dare You? + speech transcript

with Cindy Sheehan
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Dec. 10, 2009

December 10, 2009


Updated: transcript

How Dare They!

with Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
Dec. 10, 2009

I have been in Oslo, Norway the past few days working with the Oslo peace community in their opposition to Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

I have been doing a lot of media in preparation for the rally that we had this evening that culminated in a march to the Grand Hotel, where the Laureate was to wave at us from a bulletproof glass encased balcony.

My hosts here in Oslo are Afghan refugees who are working on an exciting movement to replace the US puppet leaders and the Taliban in Afghanistan and I am honored to be asked to be a part of it, and will have more details as the plan unfolds, but the organization is called: Peace and Democracy in Afghanistan. My hosts are understandably upset with Obama and upset with the Peace prize committee for this outlandish betrayal of peace!

I sat with my hosts and watched the speeches given by the Chairman of the Nobel committee (who seemed like he was going to bounce off the platform and float over to Obama and begin french kiss him in ecstasy), and the Laureate and we were shocked and appalled at the way the speeches gave legitimacy and Robber Class honor to the “necessity” of war.

The protests today were large, energetic, youthful, and angry! It is nice to see some international rejection of the “hope-nosis” that has been infecting our world with rosey-colored violence and gold-plated oppression.

Below is the text of the speech that I gave at the “true peace” event this evening in the very cold, evening air of Oslo, Norway.

“Hello friends! I have three words for the Nobel committee and for my president: ´how dare you!´

How dare the committee give the Peace Prize (which will be known from here forward as the ´Peace Prize´) to Obama and how dare he accept it?

How dare the committee legitimize the war crimes and other crimes of the Bush regime by rewarding Obama for continuing them?

The committee said that Obama ordered the closure of Guantanamo prison, while it remains open and the torture policies have been broadened and expanded to Bagram in Afghanistan!

How dare they award the ´Peace Prize´to a man who they say wants to reduce nuclear arms, but is waging a terrifying nuclear war in the Middle East by using weapons coated with depleted uranium that is causing a sharp rise in cancers and birth defects there?

How dare they award the prize to a man who they claim exemplifies American Values when those values are war, torture, environmental degradation, and drone bombing abroad and environmental and economic ruin at home?

This `Peace Prize`to Obama was nothing but a slap in the face to people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Iran, North Korea, Colombia, Honduras, Venezuela and anywhere that Obama´s boot of Empire is crushing or threatening to crush.

This ´Peace Prize´ is a slap in the fact to parents like myself whose child has been killed in the Bush/Obama wars, now approved of by ´Peace committees.´

This award was a slap in the face to us–we who have been sacrificing and struggling for true peace for years.

If you listened really carefully to the speeches today–with ears not clogged by the hope-nosis of Empire–you heard Obama say ´War is Peace´and you heard the clarion call of the international Robber Class, that the only way to peace is through war, war, and more war! The Robber Class has told us, once again, that there is no other way! War is the only way!

Well, I join with you in solidarity today to tell the Robber Class: Bullshit, we reject such stinking thinking and we reject the ´honors´of the establishment as we say to them: `We refuse to play your violent games!´

If they want awards, they can give them to each other. If they think that killing children is ´Peace,´then they can send their own and leave ours the hell alone! If they want their wars then they can fight them their selves!

The violent extremists of the world just rewarded themselves for their crimes in an orgy of self-congratulatory pageantry, but I want to say that I have not one enemy here or in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan.

My only enemy is yours too, the violent extremists of the world´s Robber Class and we must join together to fight them, not fight in their wars, to bring true and lasting peace.

Thank you for inviting me here and giving me the honor of addressing true peace warriors!”


Say What? Peace Prize for a War President? by Cindy Sheehan

Yeswecanistan by William Blum

Nobel Committee Celebrates War As Peace by Rick Rozoff

Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize | The White House

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  8. Ooh, harsh! I agree that Obama getting the prize was ironic and undeserved to say the least. But there are a few things that should be understood:

    First, it’s not like he asked for it. And second, he has to work within a system that isn’t exactly geared toward the goals of world peace and nuclear disarmament. I mean, it’s not like he can unilaterally decide to pull out of Afghanistan– nor should he be able to.

  9. Right there with ya, Cindy. HOW DARE THEY indeed!

    Rockin’ hard truth to power in the land of the Asynjur! I owe you a beer or six for this one. You shine like the northern lights themselves. So proud to know you. It is an honor to fight at your side.

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