Jimmy Carter accepted the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday
and urged people to work for peace in a world that has become ``a more dangerous
place.'' In the solemn ceremony, with music and flowers, Carter accepted a Nobel
gold medal and diploma. The prize also includes a $1 million cash prize. AFP
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The world is a crazy place. On this day we have two presidents of the
United States. One devoted to increasing the peace in the world and
another determined to start a Christian Muslim war over 112 billion barrels of
December 11, 2002
Carter Presses Peace in Nobel
The Associated Press, Tue 10 Dec 2002
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Jimmy Carter accepted the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize on
Tuesday and urged people to work for peace in a world that has become ``a
more dangerous place.''
In the solemn ceremony, with music and flowers, Carter accepted a Nobel
gold medal and diploma. The prize also includes a $1 million cash prize.
Carter, smiling broadly, stayed only briefly on stage, displaying the gold
Nobel medal and diploma to sustained applause. His wife, Rosalynn, watched
from the front row with their children and grandchildren looking on.
The 78-year-old former president was honored for his pursuit of peace,
health and human rights that began with the 1978 Camp David accords
between Israel and Egypt that, but for a formality, would have won him the
prize 24 years ago.
Carter accepted his prize in a world unnerved by the threat of terrorism,
and uneasy that a new war in Iraq may erupt if it fails to obey U.N.
Security Council resolutions demanding it prove it has no weapons of mass
``Instead of entering a millennium of peace, the world is now, in many
ways, a more dangerous place. The greater ease of travel and communication
has not been matched by equal understanding and mutual respect,'' he said.
Carter, a Democrat, has repeatedly urged President Bush to avoid a war in
Iraq by working through the United Nations, and to support weapons
Before he entered the Oslo City Hall, Carter was greeted by nearly 2,000
Norwegian children in the bright sunshine in the snow-covered Norwegian
``Norway is a country that most appreciates its children, and I want to
congratulate this country and all of you,'' Carter told the cheering
In his Nobel speech, before Norway's King Harald V, and hundreds of
others, including Carter's own children and grandchildren, the former
president took a broader view.
``War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it
is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in
peace by killing each other's children.''
He urged respect for the United Nations as the international forum for
solving disputes, and said the United States, as the last superpower, has
``not assumed that super strength guarantees super wisdom.''
Gunnar Berge, the chairman of the five-member Norwegian awards committee,
caused a stir when he announced the prize in October, calling it a ``kick
in the leg'' to Bush.
In his speech Tuesday, Berge called it ``one of the real sins of
omission'' that Carter was not included in the 1978 prize given to Israeli
Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for
signing the Camp David accords that Carter brokered.
``Jimmy Carter should, of course, have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
a long time ago,'' said Berge. Carter wasn't nominated for the award in
Carter, a former Georgia governor and peanut farmer, lost his bid for
re-election in 1980 to Ronald Reagan.
``Jimmy Carter will probably not go down in American history as the most
effective president,'' said Berge. ``But he is certainly the best
ex-president the country has ever had.''
Carter, in black suit with red tie with blue and white trim, listened to
Berge's Norwegian speech on headphones, often smiling.
Carter recalled Begin and Sadat as vivid examples of personal courage, as
well as other laureates. He said 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil
rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., also from Georgia, was ``the
greatest leader my native state has ever produced.''
The Nobel prizes, first awarded in 1901, were created by Swedish
industrialist Alfred Nobel in his will and are always presented on Dec.
10, the anniversary of his death in 1896.
The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, while prizes in economics, medicine,
physics, chemistry and literature are presented in Sweden.
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