Norwegians must not be reading the papers these days. Consider Obama’s recent record:
1) Sending Valerie Jarrett to Dharamshala to tell the fellow Nobel Prize winner Dalai Lama that he was not welcome in Washington D.C. until after the visit of Obama to Beijing later this month. To the Dalai Lama’s credit he came anyway. The Dalai Lama, together with Vietnamese buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh, is the symbolic representative of a massive Asian buddhist movement for peace and democracy particularly in countries like Tibet, Burma and Vietnam.
Thich Nhat Hanh was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by Nobelist Martin Luther King. Thich Nhat Hanh remains at age 83 a leading figure in what is known as the “engaged” Buddhist movement and his followers continue their support for freedom and human rights inside Vietnam today despite the opposition of the “communist” regime.
2) The Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center, a widely respected human rights NGO based in New Haven, CT, has lost its multi million dollar grant from the US State Department, as Obama presses his case to talk to the Iranian mullahs. The Center is widely seen as one of the few independent western voices that keeps an eye on human rights violations in Iran, particularly important in the wake of the repression of the mass uprising there recently.