Skip to comments.Argentine congress recommends Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize
Posted on 12/04/2013 6:48:25 AM PST by NYer
.- Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria.
The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority and now goes to the Senate for ratification.
Representative Oscar Martinez, who sponsored the resolution, described Pope Francis as “a man who throughout this year has been decisive in maintaining international peace through his clear position regarding the conflict in Syria.”
Since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis has made repeated calls for peace in Syria. He sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit in which he called on the international community to work for an end to the violence in Syria and to reject any military intervention.
The Syrian conflict has now dragged on for more than 2.5 years, since demonstrations sprang up nationwide on March 15, 2011 protesting the rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president and leader of the country's Ba'ath Party.
In April of that year, the Syrian army began to deploy to put down the uprisings, firing on protesters. Since then, the violence has morphed into a civil war which has claimed the lives of more than 115,000 people. There are at least 2.2 million Syrian refugees in nearby countries, most of them in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.
An additional 6.5 million Syrian people are believed to have been internally displaced by the war.
The Syrian rebels are made up of a large variety of groups, including both moderates and Islamist extremists, as well as Kurds.
Reports that chemical weapons had been used against civilians in Syria, killing more than 1,400 people, led to a discussion of possible international military action. Pope Francis called for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace on Sept. 7.
After weeks of negotiation, an international agreement was reached to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons without a military strike.
He shall be in a GREAT COMPANY.....
Considering some of the past awardees of that honor, if I was the Holy Father, I’d turn it down.
No, I’m not holding my breath.
For his “call to end violence in Syria”? Is that how low the bar is now? They’re giving out prizes for wishful thinking?
Of course....he is just as qualified as Obama and AlGore.
I'm trying to estimate how many Christian lives in Syria were "saved or created" by wishful thinking in the West. I'd nominate him for the peace prize if he'd call for another crusade to retake all the formerly Christian nations forced into Muslim slavery. You know - Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Lebanon ...
I would consider Mother Teresa to be good company.
Anyone can nominate anyone. I doesn’t mean anything but that the Argentine congress wants some attention. “Don’t pay any attention to our encroachment in the Falklands and on the border with Chile ... LOOK, A SQUIRREL!”
The quality of the prize has gone down dramatically since 1979 (the year that Mother Teresa won) (IMHO).
This latest "nomination" is just national boosterism on the part of the Argentines. That's all. They'll eat their words when he comes out against their belligerence on the Malvinas/Falklands.
And leave the field to those people? That’d be a shame.
No offense intended to the Pope, but when did we stop giving the prize to people who actually fostered peace? Let me recommend General SiSi of Egypt who removed from power a terrorist regime in Cairo devoted to wiping out Israel, that lynched Coptics in the street and burned their churches, supported by Baraqus Huseeinus Obama.
Is he not worthy of a peace prize for saving Egypt from becoming the next Gaza Strip?
Or hey, how about Putin, who prevented Obama from arming terrorists in Syria by humiliating him?
Will he come out against Argentina?
What a contrast.
A meaningless prize.
A bowling trophy has more meaning.
Back in 1982, Pope John Paul II intervened directly and dramatically to prevent war. Went straight to the Argentine people and British people --- especially the young adults, the ones who would be thrown into bloody conflict ---and said "Don't do this!!"
It's said that the Argentine President, Mrs Kirchner, has discarded recovering the Malvinas-Falklands by force. So they say. If it's true that there's no imminent risk of war, can't even imagine Pope Francis "intervening" to tell the U.K. to back off and share the islands' resources, or whatever it is the Left-Peronists want. And even less so since Papa Francesco is an Argentinian, which destroys any possibility of his being received as a fair, neutral arbitrator.
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