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Forty months after President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s time for us to urge that the award be withdrawn.

In December 2009, the top Nobel honor went to Obama amid high hopes that he would engage in pursuit of peace rather than war.

But today, there are more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than when Obama took office. His presidency has widened the use of drones and other instruments of remote killing in several countries; perpetual war seems more perpetual than ever.

Please click here to join in urging the Norwegian Nobel Committee to rescind President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

From Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Middle East, Africa and beyond, the President has stepped up air attacks and support for military assaults, undermining -- in the hopeful words of the Nobel committee as it awarded his Peace Prize -- “efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

In light of subsequent events, the Nobel Peace Prize was unwisely bestowed in 2009 -- in sharp contrast to how wisely it was bestowed in 1964, when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Peace Prize.

Speaking in Oslo, Dr. King said: “I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction.” He asserted that humanity must evolve “a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.”

By clicking here, you can respectfully let the Nobel committee know that you believe the Nobel Peace Prize should honor peace-making, not war-making.

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