James Kirchick, writing in the New York Daily News:
Last week’s awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons enables us to lament the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s failure to honor what has long been the organization most deserving of the prize: the United States armed forces.
To argue that a military should be given a peace prize may seem counterintuitive. Yet support for violent means did not prevent the Nobel Prize from being awarded to Nelson Mandela, perhaps the award’s most celebrated recipient, who unapologetically supported “armed struggle” against South Africa’s apartheid regime.
More than any other individual or institution in either the last century (when the prize was founded) or the present one, the U.S. military has done more to preserve peace defend freedom, and save innocent lives.
From the beaches of Normandy, to the hills of Bosnia and Kosovo, to the deserts of Iraq, the U.S. armed forces have liberated countless millions from the depths of totalitarianism. Americans have sacrificed like no other for the freedom of people thousands of miles from their shores.
Whole thing here.