Skip to comments.‘Peace, They Say’ (What on Earth has happened to the Nobel Peace Prize?)
Posted on 03/25/2012 11:31:40 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
PEACE, THEY SAY: A HISTORY OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, THE MOST FAMOUS AND CONTROVERSIAL PRIZE IN THE WORLD
What on Earth has happened to the Nobel Peace Prize, which once was easily the worlds most prestigious award? Consider that in 1953, Albert Schweitzer and Gen. George C. Marshall were honored on the same day (with Winston Churchill winning the prize for literature, incidentally). Then fast-forward four decades to the 1990s when it was won by Yasser Arafat and Rigoberta Menchu Tum, the Guatemalan who supported murderous Communist guerrillas and has been accused of fabricating parts of her autobiography.
In the 2000s its gone to Jimmy Carter, Mohamed ElBaradei (the IAEA chairman who consistently underplayed the Iranian nuclear threat), Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and - absurdly prematurely - to President Obama in the very first year of his presidency. Why has the Nobel Committee in earlier generations rewarded genuine achievement, while in ours it merely genuflects toward political correctness?
In an absorbingly well-researched, well-written and thoughtful history of the Peace Prize, the distinguished National Review senior editor and New Criterion writer Jay Nordlinger looks with a critical but not jaundiced eye at the laureates who have been feted in Oslo, Norway, every December since 1901, and has come up with a number of remarkable conclusions. In the course of his deliberations he has thought deeply about what genuinely constitutes peace, and whether several of the laureates have genuinely fulfilled the stipulation in Alfred Nobels will that the committee should find the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. Al Gore, anybody?
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Answer: It has been captured by the left and they borrow on the prestige of past recipients to further the present leftist agenda. Because of the quality of current recipients the prize has become a joke and is losing its prestige.
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to those the leftists prefer, in the peace category, such as Al Gore & the IPCC for dire warnings on climate change no matter how many flaws, distortions, or criticisms are abound. Obama was nominated 12 days after taking office. It is a sham.
I like how Obama had his own troop surge in Afghanistan after “winning” it; even he knew it was an affirmative action award for just breathing.
Right on LOL. Cracker Jacks was my very first thought.
Love the cracker jack.
Liberals could screw up a wet dream...
The article compares earlier winners with today's. The superiority of the older ones is obvious. The same thing could be said for Rhodes Scholars.
cuz agitation is the new peace?