Cape Town – A Swedish reporter has confronted US President Barack Obama about his Nobel Peace Prize in the light of an impending US missile strike against Syria.
At a joint press conference with Sweden’s Prime Minister Frederick Reinfeldt the Swedish national television reporter asked Obama: “I was wondering, could you describe the dilemma to being a Nobel Peace Prize winner and getting ready to attack Syria.”
In the Fox News broadcast Obama begins his response by referring the reporter to his acceptance speech in which he stated that compared to past recipients he was undeserving of the prize.
“What I also described is the challenge all of us face, when we believe in peace but we confront a world that is full of violence,” Obama said.
“The question then becomes what are our responsibilities. So, I’ve made every effort to end the war in Iraq, to wind down the war in Afghanistan, to strengthen our commitment to multilateral action, to promote diplomacy as a solution to problems.
“The question though, that all of us face as political leaders: At what point do we need to confront actions that are violating our common humanity?”
Obama is currently attending the G20 summit in Russia where he is pursuing the formation of an international coalition in support of limited strikes against Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces.