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Obama Delivers Acceptance Speech for Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony Thursday in Norway. The President acknowled the paradox of receiving the award as the U.S. is entangled in two wars, while asserting that wars have a role in preserving peace.

Obama said to the audience of the Nobel Committee members and guests that achieving peace must begin with the recognition that the use of force is sometimes morally justified.

“Make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to lay down their arms,” he said.

The speech has been widely praised by people of all political leanings.

Read more at NY Times.

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