On May 4, 2009, a few months before Barack Obama won his Nobel Peace Prize, a B-1 supersonic bomber dropped a 2,000 pound missile on the tiny, peasant village of Granai, in Southern Afghanistan. About 140 people, mostly women and children, were torn to shreds and scattered in a range of hundreds of feet.
The Pentagon first tried to cover up what happened. But echoes of the massacre began circulating among the foreign press, and the Army accused the Taliban of having used civilians as shields. The Asian country was soon was inflamed: a caravansary with the bodies of the victims stacked up on carts made its way to Kabul, with thousands of people shouting against the US occupants. The Pentagon then admitted that a few dozens of combatants and a few innocent people were killed. Finally, after a few weeks, almost no one outside of Afghanistan was talking about Granai anymore.
In December, when the Nobel was assigned to Obama, public opinion worldwide reacted with disbelief and scepticism. But the Establishment considered the award “positive”, and so did a number of progressive leaders, European Labour, economist Mohammed Yunus, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the 14th Dalai Lama and even Fidel Castro. The chairman of the Nobel Committee said: “We have not given the prize for what may happen in the future. We are awarding Obama for what he has done in the past year.”