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08 Apr 2010 16:27
A year ago, US President Barack Obama pledged to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons and within months he got the Nobel Peace Prize. This week, the world is getting some results.
The US president met his Russian counterpart in Prague on Thursday, to sign a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The document is important, but it’s the legacy of an arms race that’s essentially over. Washington isn’t worrying much about the men in the Kremlin anymore; it believes the real threats come from North Korea, Iran and the caves along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
So it’s taking other steps with those threats in mind.
It’s complicated stuff and the truth is that there are probably not a lot of votes in it for the president of country with a weak economy and stubborn unemployment.
But if you were wondering whether Obama really deserved the world’s most prestigious prize for furthering the cause of peace, this is the time to watch closely.
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