By now, we have all heard the discussions and suggestions that President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in bringing together North and South Korea. Critics of this motion suggest that Trump has done very little in regards to this ongoing process and point out that although both sides have agreed to end the decades-long state of war, it hasn't actually happened yet.
But what of former president Barack Obama? What had he actually achieved when he was awarded the prize? Actually not much, other than an apology tour followed by an unheard of amount of drone strikes and military action. Obama was awarded for “aspirational reasons,” much the same as last year's winner the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), who successfully pushed the UN to adopt nuclear disarmament legislation that eventually not a single nation signed up to.
There are those that say Trump had nothing to do with the peace process taking place on the Korean peninsula, but they are ignoring the words of South Korean President Moon Jae-In who states openly that The Donald deserves the award.
The Nobel Peace Prize has lost a lot of its credibility and has certainly become politically motivated. It awarded Henry Kissinger for a Vietnam war cease-fire that eventually failed, and in 1994, Yasser Arafat won jointly for his part in the Oslo Accord.
It is best not to take this award so seriously nowadays. But if Trump were to win, it would certainly be a vindication of his style in dealing with the world at large. He may not win this year, but if he can achieve only half of what is taking place right now, it would be a travesty to not award him next year.