I wish to comment on the news article that appeared on Malaysiakini titled Obama defends war at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
As a peace advocate, I am shocked and disgusted that the president of a country at war was given the Nobel Peace Prize.
More horrifying was that the person receiving the world's highest prize for peace would attempt to justify warmongering and the killing of innocent people during the prize presentation.
To make matters worse, barely hours after receiving the peace prize, president Obama's secretary of defence said that the war option against Iran still existed.
What kind of madness, to award the Peace Prize to the president of a country who is currently at war with two countries and is now thinking of war with a third one?
President Obama talks about wars being necessary and morally justified. Isn't one of the cornerstones of international law today is that only the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) can declare war?
So why didn't President Obama get UNSC authorisation and permission before he sent 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan instead of choosing the unilateral approach?
Perhaps the better choice for the Nobel prize would have been the UNSC because by empowering the United Nations as the sole and ultimate decider of conflicts, we will curtail the ability of those who seek to rule by the doctrine of "might is right".
I fully in support of the Malaysian government's decision to vote against the resolution censuring Iran over its nuclear programme. Malaysia should stay committed to the original goals of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Clearly there are a handful of nations attempting to hijack the NPT and to use it as a basis of justifying war. The NPT is designed to prevent the spread of the military use of nuclear technology while allowing the peaceful use of such technology.
It is not Iran that should be censured and threatened with sanctions and war. It is the four countries that have decided not to be a signatory to the NPT that should be punished which are North Korea, India, Pakistan and Israel.
The NPT is perhaps the most important instrument of world peace and should not be used as a tool to promote war.
Also, one of the most disturbing trends of present day warfare is the use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and pilotless aircraft drones.
These are a nightmare to those wishing peace on this earth.
Such weapons actually promote war because they make wars less painful to the aggressor because their human casualties will always be nil.
Wars will be so much simpler now that they will be conducted by robots. Unfortunately while military casualties may go down, civilian casualties will go exponentially up as robots unlike mankind, have no mercy and compassion.