The New York Times
Thu, December 10, 2009 -- 7:56 AM ET
Accepting Nobel Prize, Obama Evokes 'Just War'
Nine days after announcing a major escalation in the war in
Afghanistan, President Obama arrived at Norway's City Hall on
Thursday to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize, evoking
the notion of a "just war" and robustly defending the use of
military force "on humanitarian grounds" and to preserve
excerpt:...the one rule that lies at the heart of every major religion is that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Adhering to this law of love has always been the core struggle of human nature. For we are fallible. We make mistakes, and fall victim to the temptations of pride, and power, and sometimes evil. Even those of us with the best of intentions will at times fail to right the wrongs before us.
But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place."
transcript of speech