2,000 Sign White House Petition: Give Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize to Putin

By Alissa Tabirian | September 16, 2013 | 3:30pm EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin  (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – More than 2,000 people have signed a new “We the People” petition posted last week on the White House website requesting that President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize be given to Russian President Vladimir Putin for his diplomatic negotiations with Syria regarding its use of chemical weapons.

“Mr. Putin enabled the United States to avoid an unwanted and unwarranted military action” through the agreement the former KGB officer brokered Saturday that requires Syria to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons, and therefore “has brought us to the ‘brink’ of peace,” the petition reads.

“Whereas Mr. Obama made a sincere commitment to starting a war with Syria, engaging our military in unwanted conflict, and doing so without the support of his people we resolve that Mr. Obama should deliver the Nobel Peace prize given to him in 2009 to a man of Peace, the President of Russia, Mr. Putin,” the petition states.

President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, less than a year after his election as president, “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” and his “vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons,” according to a statement by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

“Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position,” the committee said, “with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.”

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee added, commending his “values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

In June, former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani criticized Obama’s handling of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, saying, “The KGB agent [Putin] is working [Obama] over . . . And unfortunately, he’s our president, and he makes our country look so weak that it’s dangerous.”

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