Another Nobel Prize laureate is United States President Barack Obama, whom we heard from through a spokesman named — seriously, I'm not joking — Josh Earnest.
He said the United States condemned the renewal of the emergency law and urged respect for basic rights like the freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstrations. But he stopped short of writing off the interim government, saying the United States would continue to remind Egypt’s leaders of their promises and urge them “to get back on track.”Get back on track after a day in which the military killed more than 500 people in what the NYT called "scorched-earth assault by security forces to raze two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo." (The U.S. gives $1.5 billion to Egypt every year, mostly to the military.)
Analysts said the attack was the clearest sign yet that the Egyptian police state was re-emerging in full force, overriding liberal cabinet officials like Mr. ElBaradei and ignoring Western diplomatic pressure and talk of cutting financial aid.The "winning side" is the military and we're already backing it, right?
“This is the beginning of a systematic crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, other Islamists and other opponents of a military coup,” said Emad Shahin, a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo. “In the end,” he added, “the West will back the winning side.”
ADDED: Why did Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize? He had been President for only 9 months, and what the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited was "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.I'd forgotten that part. Nuclear weapons, eh? Obama has advocated and worked for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons?
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics....Seems like they were endorsing that poster.
Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future....