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Tag: Nobel Peace Prize


A Nobel prize for idiots?

I’ve never figured out the business of awarding Nobel Peace Prizes to large organizations. When you’re honoring a crowd, you’re really honoring nobody in particular. Here’s one historian’s acid take on the virtues of the European Union:

Nobel Prize for Idiots, Signifying Only Bias
By Andrew Roberts
Bloomberg News

It is hard to imagine anything more wrongheaded than last week’s decision by the Nobel Committee to award its Peace Prize to the European Union. Until, that is, one is reminded of the frauds, terrorists, totalitarians and world- class idiots who have won the award over the past 20 years.

The fabulous ignorance necessary to pass over the organization that in reality brought peace to the European continent for the past six decades‚ the North Atlantic Treaty Organization‚ and to reward instead a soulless, corrupt, bullying, glorified customs union with pretensions to superpower, beggars belief.

The Nobel Prize was once a towering honor, worthy of the highest respect. Just over half a century ago, in 1953, Albert Schweitzer and General George C. Marshall both received it on the same day, while Winston Churchill picked up the prize for literature. But a rot set in with the political correctness of the 1990s. The (usually Labor Party-dominated) Norwegian parliament, the Storting, chooses the Nobel Committee, and in that decade the Peace Prize was won by Rigoberta Menchu Tum, the Guatemalan activist who fabricated her autobiography and supported murderous Communist guerrillas, and by Yasser Arafat.

In the 2000s it went to Jimmy Carter, Mohammed El Baradei (the International Atomic Energy Agency chairman who consistently underplayed Iranian nuclear ambitions), Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Barack Obama, in the very first year of his presidency.

Recognition of genuine achievement has been replaced by the worst kind of genuflection toward liberal icons.

Nothing better represents this degradation of the Nobel Peace Prize than the ludicrous decision to award it to the EU, an organization that has done nothing whatever to bring peace, and is currently spawning riots and mayhem in many of its vassal states.

Ask an Athenian shopkeeper, who during the past two years of civil unrest has had to board up his shop for weeks at a time, whether the EU has brought him peace. Ask the immigrants, who increasingly are threatened by Europe’s resurgent fascist parties, galvanized by the recessions that were caused in part by the EU’s effort to straitjacket every economy in Europe into a single currency, with a single interest rate and exchange rate. Ask the youth of Europe whether they’ve found peace, as the unemployment rates for their age groups rise above 50 percent in Spain, and only slightly less in Italy, Portugal and Greece.

Moreover, the EU probably funds terrorism. Every year the EU gives more than 500 million euros ($647 million) to the Palestinian Authority, with little oversight over how this money is spent. It is very likely that part of the EU funds are siphoned off to terrorists, or that it frees up other money, with which the Palestinian Authority buys arms and ammunition for attacks on Israel.
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Nobel and Amnesty International take wrong turn with Wikileaks

The Nobel Peace Prize and Amnesty International have stood as icons for the type of heroism that transcends cultural, ethnic and geographic borders. Let’s hope these entities can get back to the more important business of peace and justice and leave the question of treason to the American people.


Our Nobel Peace laureate speaks for ‘just war’

Critics of President Barack Obama, including this writer, have had a field day over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the inexperienced U.S. President. Throughout the Fall, much ink was spent spotlighting Obama’s lack of qualifications; until last week, conservative columnists fumed and predicted that Obama’s Oslo acceptance speech, like his Cairo speech, would only be another apology for American “aggression” and our many “past mistakes.”

What a pleasant surprise the Oslo speech turned out to be! While tipping his hat to pacifists Gandhi and King, Obama stated that as Commander in Chief, “I cannot be guided by

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Obama, Americanism run amok in Oslo

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Just when it looks like Barack Obama is getting dragged under for the third time by angry domestic politics, he bounces back up – in Norway, of all places – and reminds us why Americans elected him in the first place.

The president’s remarks while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday strengthened the case for giving it to him, though maybe not in ways expected by those who most applauded the decision.

When the prize was announced in October, there was speculation that the socialist-leaning Nobel committee was trying to co-opt him toward a Euro-leftist foreign policy – wary of American power and laced with pacifism. If that was the plan, it didn’t work.

Obama on Thursday delivered the unanswerable rebuttal to those who argue that war only begets more violence and can never be justified. In two words, Adolf Hitler.

“I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people,” Obama said. “For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies … To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.”
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There goes the Berkeley vote

I will admit, I’d been inclined to see Barack Obama as something of a naif in dealing with the bad guys of the world. But it took some chutzpah today for him to deliver a quite pointed attack on pacifism while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo today. Actually sounded a bit like Churchill:

I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to

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Faint praise for Nobel call

Editorials about President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize filled my email in box this morning, but none of them could beat this one from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for brevity and Southern charm.

Enough said
What is one to say on hearing that the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to . . . Barack Obama?

How about, for one brief shining moment of national unity, a little simple propriety, for there is no better guide to the perplexed than good manners:

Congratulations, Mr. President!


Nobel Peace Prize should have gone to me

Some cynics and naysayers have implied that President Barack Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I disagree. I congratulate our president on this historic honor, one he earned through his vast experience in the private and public sectors and his accomplishments (too numerous to mention) during his first nine months in office. Indeed, to quote the Nobel Committee, President Obama has made “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.”

But I think I should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is why I should have been the 2009 Nobel Laureate. When I was in college, I attended

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