Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peace mediation efforts and promotion of human rights in what the awards committee said was a criticism of current U.S. policy and "a kick in the leg" to those following the same line.In the wake of last year's terror attacks, which have prompted a tectonic shift in outlook from the world's only superpower, the U.S. probably won't take kindly to criticism from snooty European assistant principal types. But at least the committee got the "kick in the leg" wording right; it reflects properly the difference in stature between the complainers and their subjects. Even if it were a famed Flying Norwegian Roundhouse, with exquisite elevation and solid rotation, the Nobel committee's kick wouldn't land any higher than mid-calf.
Mr. Carter's obligation now is a higher one than his duty to the international rights community: it's his loyalty to his country, to his President, and to the cause of real peace in the face of terror. He should politely but immediately give back the Nobel prize.