Soon after the June 12, 2018 historical summit between United States President Donald J. Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, several prominent news organizations published commentary to suggest that President Trump should be a candidate for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Although too late for consideration the suggestive commentary emanated from President Trump's optimistic assessment of his negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. President Trump's talks with North Korea's leader follow 65 years of threats and hostilities from past and present North Korean regime which have been aimed at North Korea's free world neighbors and more recently towards the North American Continent. The hostilities have continued to simmer since the end of combat in the Korean War which began on June 25, 1950 and ended on July 27, 1953.
The United States military defended the Korean Peninsula in the Korean War with 5,720,000 soldiers of which 36,574 paid the ultimate sacrifice and 103,284 suffered non-mortal wounds. These numbers do not include the approximate 35,000 soldiers who have served in South Korea at the military ready since July 27, 1953 to preserve the peace to this day on the Korean Peninsula. Since April 6, 1917, the beginning of World War I, to the end of the Iraq War on December 15, 2011, 37,830,920 American troops have been deployed for combat readiness to defend peace in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East region. The current Korean NEWS TOPIC and its subject content provides appropriate attention to the AMERICAN VETERANS contribution as the world’s peacekeeper for the last century.
President Trump's efforts and skills as a statesman and negotiator may very well prove to be successful to end the 65 years of tensions between the free world and North Korea. However successful President Trump may be, or should be recognized that the continual presence of approximately 64,184 American troops in East Asia and the Pacific Rim have much to do with preserving peace in Asia and have served as the greatest deterrent for any adverse military aggression from North Korea or other provocateurs. But all of this has come with a price when taking into consideration that of the 37,830,920 Americans who have served as the world's peacekeepers since 1917, 621,576 have lost their lives to do so. An additional 1,164,155 have been visibly wounded along with millions who have been affected by invisible wounds, which reflect statistics from World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. NOBEL4VETS.COM points out that out of those wars several politicians and military leaders, of which are outlined below, have become recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Since its beginning in 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has served as one of the world's most prestigious awards which includes presentment to the four following United States Presidents; in 1906 to Theodore Roosevelt, in 1919 to Woodrow Wilson, in 2002 to Jimmy Carter and in 2009 to Barrack Obama. Although too late for consideration in 2018, if possible, President Trump would have not only been the fifth United States President to be a recipient of the award, but as Commander-in-chief of the military, he would have also joined a long line of military leaders to receive the honor. President Wilson served as Commander-in-Chief over the United States military in World War I from April 6, 1917 through to Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Thirty-four years later World War II General George C. Marshall was awarded the honor in 1953 for his service in Europe. Henry Kissinger followed in 1973, in his capacity as the United States Secretary of State as a recipient for his statesmanship to end the Vietnam conflict in that same year.
Most notably in support of NOBEL4VETS.COM's argument to honor the American Veteran to also become a recipient, is the Norwegian Nobel Committee's 1988 selection of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces for their service in the Middle East. In furtherance of military leaders receiving the honor a few years thereafter in 1994, three Middle East adversarial warriors, Yassar Arafat, Shimon Perez and Yitzhak Rabin also were recipients for their willingness to resolve tensions in the Middle East.
In a related sense, in 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was recognized as the world's peace maker for his decision to unite East and West Germany after 44 years of a cold war. In honor of current climate concerns, former U.S. Vice-President Albert Gore Jr. was a recipient in 2007 because of his initiative and leadership within the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Control.
The most recent, 2009 military recipient was United States President Barrack Obama who at that time was presiding as Commander-In-Chief over United States military forces in the Iraq War through to December 15, 2011. NOBEL4VETS.COM asserts that the twelve above referenced recipients all have served as military leaders and also have received the world's most prestigious peace keeping recognition. This obviously serves as a qualifier and precedent for the American Veteran to be honored accordingly, and it is of the utmost importance to recognize that not one of the American Veterans has ever played a role to initiate war in any manner. It is continually debated whether or not the above military leaders should have decided upon war as a resolve, but yet their conclusive judgments were acclaimed by award as a peacekeeping necessity.
NOBEL4VETS.COM asserts that the above stated precedents of warriors for peace, qualify the American Veteran as a candidate for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. NOBEL4VETS.COM believes that its unofficial label for American Veterans as the world's peacekeeper began in 1917 during World War I and has extended through today as 1,326,836 active duty Americans are stationed throughout the continents of the globe (2017 Statistics). The most important factor within NOBEL4VETS.COM's request, is to recognize that today's American active military personnel and the 37,830,920 American Veterans have always served in a capacity of abeyance. Much as those members of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces who represented the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s 1988 selection followed orders to pursue peaceful resolves from hostilities between nations, the American Veteran has also followed orders for equal resolves. It is the intention of NOBEL4VETS.COM to assert that the Norwegian Nobel Committee's 1988 selection serves as a long overdue qualifying precedent to honor the American Veteran who has also served in the same capacity year in and year out since 1917.
It would be an oversight in this discussion if not to recognize the several individuals and organizations who have implemented the craft of a wordsmith to also obtain peaceful resolves, and it would also be foolish to overlook the fact that if it were not for the soldiers standing at their post many of those voices would have been short lived. NOBEL4VETS.COM provides a list of these peacemakers chronologically hereinafter by individuals first and then organizations to recognize their efforts as individuals and also, as large groups such as the American Veterans.
Each of these individuals have lived an exampled life of peace and served as the epitome of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In addition to each of these exemplary standards of man's goodness there are the following organizations or entities who have been honored.
NOBEL4VETS.COM provides an argument that points out military leaders and vast organizations that have been previously honored to support the opinion that long overdue recognition is due for the American Veteran as the world 's peacekeepers for the last century. It is without doubt that political and philosophical debates may ensue to question any peaceful accolades for the American military might. However, with that said, NOBEL4VETS.COM asserts that the American soldier in all capacities has had little to do with policy and judgmental reasons for their deployment into the world's hostile environments. The American Veteran has served to preserve, protect and instill freedom and peace throughout the world by exercising a selfless and generous character that serves as the world's standard.
This recognition for the American Veterans' Salient Strength as the world's peace keepers can only further that standard within other military forces all over the world.