Sunday, October 14, 2007

No Nobel peace prize for those who deserve it

Wall Street Journal (free link) says it best:

In Olso Friday, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was not awarded to the Burmese monks whose defiance against, and brutalization at the hands of, the country's military junta in recent weeks captured the attention of the Free World.

The prize was also not awarded to Morgan Tsvangirai, Arthur Mutambara and other Zimbabwe opposition leaders who were arrested and in some cases beaten by police earlier this year while protesting peacefully against dictator Robert Mugabe.

Or to Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in Vietnam arrested this year and sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the pro-democracy group Block 8406.

Or to Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Uyyouni, co-founders of the League of Demanders of Women's Right to Drive Cars in Saudi Arabia, who are waging a modest struggle with grand ambitions to secure basic rights for women in that Muslim country.

Or to Colombian President Àlvaro Uribe, who has fought tirelessly to end the violence wrought by left-wing terrorists and drug lords in his country.

Or to Garry Kasparov and the several hundred Russians who were arrested in April, and are continually harassed, for resisting President Vladimir Putin's slide toward authoritarian rule.

[... many more ...] These men and women put their own lives and livelihoods at risk by working to rid the world of violence and oppression. Let us hope they survive the coming year so that the Nobel Prize Committee might consider them for the 2008 award.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nobel peace prize has been a complete joke for many years. If they do award it to some deserving soul it is only by accident. Beside total morons like Jimmy Carter and Arafat, they now give it to algore, whose contributions to peace are nil...

At least the science prizes are a "little bit" less political.

I suppose it was a tough competition this year with osama bin laden, algore, and other great minds making it a close race.


Monday, October 15, 2007  
Blogger juandos said...

Well if one looks at some of the questionable winners since '75 its easy to see that this is now a political statement prize...

Czech president Vaclav Klaus noted: "The relationship between his activities and world peace is unclear and indistinct... It rather seems that Gore's doubting of basic cornerstones of the current civilization does not contribute to peace"

Tuesday, October 16, 2007  

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