Nobel prize winner Obama will face Afghan war opponents in Oslo
As Nobel prize winner Obama heads to Oslo to accept his Peace Prize on Thursday, opponents of his escalation of the Afghanistan war promise to demonstrate against him.
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"It's probably a good thing for President Obama that the time difference from Norway means the Nobel presentation will occur while most Americans are sleeping and might get less coverage in the United States," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The Nobel decision has been criticized for being awarded just nine months into Mr. Obama's presidential term and while the US is heavily embroiled in military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama announced last week the US would deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in a war he expects to last through 2011.
Disappointment that a war president was awarded a prize for making peace will be manifest on the streets of Oslo tomorrow, when up to 5,000 people are expected to call for an end to the Afghanistan war, control of the international arms trade, curbs on nuclear arms proliferation, and a stop to Israeli settlement construction in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Demonstrators are scheduled to march from Oslo Central Station to the Norwegian Parliament building, located just across from Obama's hotel balcony where he is expected to wave from behind bulletproof glass to well-wishers and demonstrators alike.
The organizers of the march include Peace Initiative, Bring the Troops Home, the Peace Council of Norway, and Peace and Democracy in Afghanistan. A counter-rally of Obama supporters is also being organized by the No to Nuclear Weapons organization.