The hard cold facts of history illustrate that the peace through strength policies initiated by President Reagan were a success. His belief in the importance of human freedom, in directly opposing tyranny and protecting liberty, combined with the maintenance and, when needed, projection of a strong military, ended the Cold War and the “evil empire” that was the Soviet Union. Reagan’s strategy freed millions of East Europeans enslaved since the end of the Second World War, which in turn was brought on by the inexcusably wrong-headed, naive if well-intentioned policies of one Nobel Peace Prize winner after another.

Without question the world is divided today — as it has been before. Now as in the period between the two world wars, the globe brims with despots, criminals, and evildoers. Now as then the cry goes up for Americans to just go along with the values of a presumed global majority, values that beckon as enticingly as they did in the days of the 1920s and 1930s yet historically have led to terrible tragedy. Now as then the fight is on over the issue of how best to obtain not just peace, but peace and freedom. And now as then, the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out to those whose philosophy of peace-seeking is at odds with the hard reality of achieving it. Reagan, who lived through the period when all these Nobel Peace Prizes were being handed out, understood that freedom and liberty was a necessary component to having peace…

It’s time to end the monopoly of the Nobel Peace Prize, the prize that is in fact historically and relentlessly dedicated in the modern era to rewarding the fatuous leftist ideas and false values of leftist global diplomacy. A philosophy that not only did not bring peace to the world — but never will. Not when tried by Woodrow Wilson, Austen Chamberlain, Frank Kellogg, Aristide Briand, Nicholas Murray Butler and Arthur Henderson and others from 1919 to 1939. Or Jimmy Carter in 2002, Al Gore in 2007, and now Barack Obama in 2009.