Better suited to his more studied approach, but equally dramatic, he could bring the mountain to Muhammad, so to speak. That is, on Dec. 10, the date of the award ceremony, the president should convene a White House meeting, or a live teleconference, of all living Nobel Peace laureates who, like Mr. Liu, fought oppressive regimes.
That would include Nelson Mandela, Lech Walesa, and the Dalai Lama. Aung San Su Kyi, just released from house arrest in Burma, would surely be blocked from attending, but her absence and that of China’s Liu would speak eloquently. Members of their dissident communities could represent them.
Such a meeting would draw worldwide attention to the human rights situation in China and elsewhere around the globe. The agenda of this “freedom summit” should highlight each democracy champion’s experience in tackling the challenges of despotism and, even more important, the international community’s role in their respective fights for freedom and recognition for the oppressed.