Skip to comments.The Growing Insanity of the Nobel Peace Prize
Posted on 10/14/2012 9:21:56 AM PDT by expat1000
The Nobel Peace Prize has been a lot like the guy who sits in the corner of your office. It doesnt seem like he does anything useful, but he doesnt really seem to be hurting anyone. After a while he becomes part of the wallpaper. You dont really think about him and that blinds you to his descent into complete madness.
The Nobel Peace Prize was marginally defensible in the last century. It wasnt worthwhile or noble, it often went to bad people, but there was at least some kind of guiding logic to it. The Peace Prize was supposed to go to people who ended conflicts. If you were an American president who mediated an end to a war or if you were the leader of a government that chose to engage in high profile peace negotiations, then the chances were good that you would end up with one of those prizes which would entitle you to a lifetime of free furniture from IKEA and rubber chicken dinners with the elite somewhere very cold.
Then the Nobel Peace Prize lost its mind. It was taken over by the same people who run Time Magazines Man of the Year.
Before 2000 to win one of these you had to promote peace. After 2000, to win a Nobel Peace Prize all you had to do was be Anti-Bush. Or be encouraged to be preemptively against Bush.
Kofi Annan and the UN won one in 2001. Jimmy Carter won one in 2002. El Baradei won one in 2005. Al Gore won one in 2007. Obama won one shortly after taking office. Now its been awarded to the European Union. And its a good thing too because the EU is running low on funds and could use the prize money.
The only method to the madness which has led to three Americans winning the award within a decade, already completely unprecedented, and four international/transnational agencies within four years, is that the Nobel Peace Prize now exists mainly to reward anyone who obstructs American foreign policy while blatantly promoting the most powerful transnational organizations.
There is no Peace in the Nobel Peace Prize anymore. Its not about resolving conflicts, though occasionally Third Worlders still get the trophy, its a beauty contest for the transnational camp and a Letters to the Editor section against the Bush Administration.
The Nobel Peace Prize no longer rewards efforts, it points out what good thinking is and denounces bad thinking by example. Its a lever of ideological conformity. Its the homecoming dance for the transnational crowd of bureaucrats and do-gooders. Its the Oscar for people who found useless international charities and collect fortunes running international organizations.
Big deal — the EU is now at the same moral level as the terrorist Yasser Arafat or the charlatan Al Gore.
It became a laughing stock with Al Gore, and further descended into ignominy with Hussein’s win. Utter Fail and meaninglessness.
1. When the EU breaks apart - you are going to see some shooting.
2. I nominate the 14 year old in Pakistan who stood up to the Taliban for education rights for girls.
I don’t think I’d worry about it. It’s kinda like the NCAA bowl selection deal...you just have no control over a bunch of idiots. Same for a bunch of guys who keep talking up the Chevy Volt, and it’s a dead deal for ninety-nine percent of all Americans.
Not to mention that oh-so peaceful guy, Yasser Arafat.
Recently, I was talking to a German friend. He couldn’t understand why we didn’t like hussein saying, “but Germany likes him and he won the NBP!!!”
That should be the first clue.
Germany also liked the guy with the funny moustache.
Uh, The Piece Prize is NORWEGIAN given.
IKEA is SWEDISH. Some folks are just so parochial.
he won the NBP?????????????????
“The Piece Prize is NORWEGIAN given. IKEA is SWEDISH.”
Yes, that’s true, but it’s also true to say the Nobel prizes and IKEA are strongly connected to both Norway and Sweden.
Of the 5 Nobel prizes, I think 4 of them are judged and presented in Sweden.
The fifth, the Nobel Peace Prize (aka “The Nobel Prize for Political Interference”), is chosen by a commitee of socialists in Norway and presented in Oslo.
Nobel himself was of course Swedish :)
And David Hasselhof.
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