Presdient Obama’s speech on receiving the Nobel Pece Prize was a brilliant dissertation on the subject of war and peace. Clear, cogent and compelling Obama carefully explained the seemingly unexplicable, war is essential for peace. This in no way suggests he is a fan of war, in fact just the reverse appers to be true. But he clearly defended the need to resort to it.

Obama also did not shrink from reminding us that war, no matter what the rationale or justification, among which he included human rights, freedom from want, freedom to worship, and freedom of speech, does cause human suffering.

While dismissing Iraq as a mistaken war, he went on to say that America’s record of fighting for the right and just reasons is on the whole sound.

If you have not heard his speech I strongly urge you to do so or read it. It is a benchmark statement.