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Bush and Blair nominated for Nobel peace prize
Reuters ^ | 1.30.04 | Reuters

Posted on 01/30/2004 5:56:57 PM PST by ambrose

Bush and Blair nominated for Nobel peace prize

Fri January 30, 2004 08:03 AM ET

By Alister Doyle

OSLO (Reuters) - President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair are among nominees for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize before a Sunday deadline for nominations despite failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

"Nominations are pouring in," said Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. He said he gets letters and up to 1,500 e-mails a day from people either supporting or denouncing candidates.

Among nominees are the European Union to mark its expansion to include former East bloc states. Pope John Paul, the Salvation Army, former Czech President Vaclav Havel, Chinese dissidents are also among nominees.

"Bush and Blair definitely still deserve it," said Jan Simonsen, a right-wing independent member of Norway's parliament who nominated the two for the 2004 prize shortly after the U.S.-led war toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in April.

"Even though they haven't found those weapons they got rid of a dictator and made the world more safe," he told Reuters on Friday, sticking by the choice. "They got rid of a madman."

Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction were a main justification for the war. None have yet been found and Bush's National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice admitted on Thursday some pre-war intelligence was flawed.

Nobel watchers say Bush or Blair's chances of winning are close to nil. The 2002 prize went to ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who argued against war. The head of the Nobel committee called the choice a "kick in the legs" to Bush on Iraq.

The 2003 prize, worth $1.35 million (930,000 pounds), went to Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi from a record field of 165 nominees. The annual deadline for nominations for the award, announced in October, is February 1.

"NOBEL NOMINEE" NO BIG DEAL

Espen Barth Eide, a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, said there were no obvious front-runners for 2004. "If something happens in the Middle East in a positive direction then that might qualify," he said.

Ex-Norwegian Prime Minister Thorbjoern Jagland has nominated the EU to coincide with its expansion from 25 states from 15 in May and for bringing decades of peace to Western Europe after centuries of wars.

Efforts in nations from Sudan to Sri Lanka to end wars have hit setbacks. And Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is too much of a maverick to have any chance despite pledges to abandon efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Lundestad said many people wrongly believed being a "Nobel prize nominee" was itself a kind of honour.

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic have made it to the list -- every member of all the world's parliaments, university professors from law to theology, ex-winners and committee members can submit names.

"There are many who do not understand the difference between a nomination and getting the prize," Lundestad said.

He also said he could not cope with a deluge of e-mails and said he preferred receiving letters or faxes.

"There are periods when I receive more than 1,500 e-mails per day, either supporting or denouncing someone," he said, adding he simply deleted most all of them. "Please don't put my e-mail address in a story. It's well enough known as it is."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush43; nobelnominees; nobelpeaceprize; tonyblair

1 posted on 01/30/2004 5:56:57 PM PST by ambrose
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To: ambrose
Alright, where's the contact info. It's time to start the e-mail campaign. :^D
2 posted on 01/30/2004 5:59:00 PM PST by Tempest
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To: ambrose
They'd rather roll over and die than give it to Bush.
3 posted on 01/30/2004 6:00:40 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ambrose
Feel free to show your support:

Nobel Forum, Box 270, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Email: secr@mednobel.ki.se
4 posted on 01/30/2004 6:00:52 PM PST by VaBthang4 (-He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps-)
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To: ambrose
"Even though they haven't found those weapons they got rid of a dictator and made the world more safe," he told Reuters on Friday, sticking by the choice. "They got rid of a madman."

Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction were a main justification for the war. None have yet been found and Bush's National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice admitted on Thursday some pre-war intelligence was flawed.

Gee...how did I know this was from Reuters without even looking?!? They never miss an opportunity to bash the Bush Administration.

5 posted on 01/30/2004 6:05:13 PM PST by humboldtconservative (deport ALL illegals......immediately......)
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To: VaBthang4
Thank you for posting the e-mail address!
6 posted on 01/30/2004 6:13:16 PM PST by DrDeb
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To: ambrose
Saddam's alleged weapons of mass destruction were a main justification for the war. None have yet been found

Uh, sure... just pay no attention to the labs, past history, political prisoners, assassinations of key figures, tools and equipment, precursors, growth media, delivery systems, front companies, mass graves, nuclear scientists, biochemists, and technicians behind the curtain, folks...

7 posted on 01/30/2004 6:13:27 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: ambrose
LOL, Considering their last few winners, Michael Moore is probably their pick for this years Nobel Prize
8 posted on 01/30/2004 6:21:43 PM PST by MJY1288 (WITHOUT DOUBLE STANDARDS, LIBERALS WOULDN'T HAVE ANY !)
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To: Big Steve; deport; blackie; nickcarraway
ping
9 posted on 01/30/2004 6:40:20 PM PST by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice-The A Team in '04)
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To: MJY1288
LOL, Considering their last few winners, Michael Moore is probably their pick for this years Nobel Prize

With Saddam getting an honorable mention. The Nobel Prize has become a joke. Jimmy Carter and Arafat????

10 posted on 01/30/2004 6:49:23 PM PST by Always Right
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To: DrDeb
"Thank you for posting the e-mail address!"

Heeeeyyyyy.

This is FR. That's what we do! :o)
You're welcome.

11 posted on 01/30/2004 6:49:49 PM PST by VaBthang4 (-He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps-)
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To: ambrose
Its tainted by Jimmah Cartah having received it.
12 posted on 01/30/2004 7:04:17 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: ambrose
The Nobel prize is so absolutely bogus nowadays, Osama Bin Laden or those two morons who went on the sniping spree that terrorized the east coast are more likely to win the prize than a true hero like GWB!
13 posted on 01/30/2004 7:09:30 PM PST by Chu Gary (USN Intel guy 1967 - 1970)
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To: ambrose
Jan Simonsen, a right-wing independent member of Norway's parliament

Note you well that there are no "left-wingers" quoted in Reuter's articles. Ever! *chuckle*

14 posted on 01/30/2004 7:12:02 PM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
There are only right-wingers and "moderates"...
15 posted on 01/30/2004 7:17:11 PM PST by ambrose (My God, it's full of stars!)
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To: ambrose
No, you won't get left-wingewrs in Reuters reports since the organization uses the ter social democrats.
16 posted on 01/30/2004 7:24:31 PM PST by NZerFromHK
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
I was thinking the same thing. There are never "left wingers" mentioned in ANY article or paper that I've ever seen, but "right wingers" are mentioned all the time.
17 posted on 01/30/2004 7:48:19 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: Lady In Blue
They are deserving!
18 posted on 01/31/2004 7:30:46 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: ambrose
IMHO Saddam has a better chance winning this 'leftist's junk' prize than do GW and/or TB.
19 posted on 01/31/2004 7:36:11 AM PST by PISANO (God Bless our Troops........They will not TIRE - They will not FALTER - They will not FAIL!!!!!)
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To: Lady In Blue
Don't hold your breath. Most likely they will give it to someone less deserving.
20 posted on 01/31/2004 6:32:43 PM PST by nickcarraway (www.terrisfight.org)
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To: ambrose
But...but...but, the Clintons were supposed to get it! (Sniffle!)
21 posted on 01/31/2004 6:51:16 PM PST by Redleg Duke (tStir the pot...don't let anything settle to the bottom where the lawyers can feed off of it!)
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To: blackie; All
They sure are,blackie! BTW,have you heard anything on the news about this? Cable or regular all news radio stations? I haven't listened hardly at all today so I don't know.I didn't see it on the front pages of the newspapers today.
22 posted on 01/31/2004 7:41:38 PM PST by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice-The A Team in '04)
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To: nickcarraway
You're probably right,(sigh).
23 posted on 01/31/2004 7:42:33 PM PST by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice-The A Team in '04)
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To: DrDeb; Miss Marple; Salvation; PhiKapMom
ping
24 posted on 01/31/2004 7:43:21 PM PST by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice-The A Team in '04)
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To: ambrose
Any peace award that sits on Arafat's bloodstained shrapnel pocked fireplace mantle is a sham! How did they miss Pol Pot when he was up for the prize??? If they miscount the vote and W gets it he should throw it over the WH fence in protest!! Just another one world socialist debating society.

Pray for W and The Truth

25 posted on 01/31/2004 7:50:00 PM PST by bray (The Wicked Witch of NY and Her (9-8) Flying Monkeys are In Flames!)
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To: ambrose
Bump for support!
26 posted on 01/31/2004 9:40:06 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
No Lady ~ I haven't heard a word about this.
27 posted on 02/01/2004 7:58:14 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: piasa
You seem to forget who it was who provided Iraq with the materials and technology in the first place, as well as putting Saddam in power. (That would be the U.S.)
28 posted on 02/15/2004 8:35:43 PM PST by mmac1701
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To: mmac1701
And you would be wrong.
29 posted on 02/16/2004 2:32:38 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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