Full text of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech - White House- msnbc.com: "So let us reach for the world that ought to be - that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls. Somewhere today, in the here and now, a soldier sees he's outgunned but stands firm to keep the peace. Somewhere today, in this world, a young protestor awaits the brutality of her government, but has the courage to march on. Somewhere today, a mother facing punishing poverty still takes the time to teach her child, who believes that a cruel world still has a place for his dreams."
Taking a pause and contemplating what President Obama said about war and its prevalence a while ago, I wonder about the realism of warfare. The Economist has a debate on whether countries should intervene militarily in the affairs of for example Somalia. It is probably necessary now and then but moving in to make Somalia a democracy is in all probability not a viable proposition.
Afghanistan was until recently in the same shape with opium trade rather than piracy. Now they have a fighting chance to develop. Madeleine Albright says that one should intervene even if a country does not represent a strategic site like she did on the Balkans. Still there was much more realism on the Balkans than in Somalia.
Lately, there seems to be a difference as to the reason for why we are in Afghanistan depending on which country representative speak. Realists say we want to prevent terrorism and then we are out of there. Dreamers say we will coach you to statehood.