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The Final Nail in the Coffin for Understanding the Nobel Prize As Possessing Any Legitimacy

October 10, 2009
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Barack Obama deserved the Nobel Prize more than Sima Samar did?

David Horowitz just emailed this to me:

Meet the People Who Were Passed Over for Obama

Sima Samar, women’s rights activist in Afghanistan: “With dogged persistence and at great personal risk, she kept her schools and clinics open in Afghanistan even during the most repressive days of the Taliban regime, whose laws prohibited the education of girls past the age of eight. When the Taliban fell, Samar returned to Kabul and accepted the post of Minister for Women’s Affairs.”

Ingrid Betancourt: French-Colombian ex-hostage held for six years.

“Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He has dedicated his life to helping Congolese women and girls who are victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence.”

Handicap International and Cluster Munition Coalition: “These organizations are recognized for their consistently serious efforts to clean up cluster bombs, also known as land mines. Innocent civilians are regularly killed worldwide because the unseen bombs explode when stepped upon.”

Hu Jia, a human rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced last year to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for ‘inciting subversion of state power.’”

“Wei Jingsheng
, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China’s communist system. He now lives in the United States.”

Read NewsReal’s previous commentaries on President Obama’s Nobel Prize win here, hereherehere, and here.

18 Comments
  1. VickiMarie permalink
    October 10, 2009 4:03 pm

    The Nobel Prize is worthless and laughable (and has been for years especially after PLO’s Arafat and the worst president in recent U.S. history Jimmy Carter won it) and should be more appropriately renamed the “Ignoble Prize.”

    • pcliker permalink
      November 27, 2009 1:04 pm

      VickiMarie you forget Shimon Peres in the list with Arafat and Carter.

  2. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 10, 2009 5:33 pm

    Maybe one of these will be the recipient of Obama’s donation of the $1.4 million

  3. The Grubb permalink
    October 10, 2009 10:28 pm

    Personally, I like Obama and I disagree with a lot of the things said in the posts about the noble peace prize being “leftist” about some of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. (After all, If you look deep enough into everything about any public figure, you will undoubtedly find some negative things to work against their character.) Having said that, I will admit there seem to be some… issues… with the odd choices being made by the Noble Prize Committee.

    Despite the fact I generally like Obama, I will admit that choosing him for the Noble Peace Prize is very strange indeed. Sure, if he keeps his promises about ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and puts an end to the Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats, then maybe he would have earned it.

    The way I’ve heard it explained was that he was given the award in “hope of success” or something to that effect, which I believe was the same reason it was given to Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin jointly, which to me is like passing out the gold medals to all the Olympic athletes your pretty sure are going to win before the games have even started.

    I’m an Obama supporter, and even I have to admit, giving him the award was very strange indeed and he’s got a lot of work to do before he’s earned it.

    • Joseph White permalink
      October 11, 2009 6:36 pm

      The way I’ve heard it explained was that he was given the award in “hope of success” or something to that effect, which I believe was the same reason it was given to Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin jointly.

      If that’s the case, then shouldn’t the prize be taken away from Arafat and Carter, since they didn’t actually bring any peace to anybody?
      I know they tried, but somehow, peace never actually stuck, and people are still dying because of differing religions.

      • The Grubb permalink
        October 11, 2009 9:32 pm

        I don’t think the Noble Prize is something they’ve ever “taken away” from someone. My point is that maybe they shouldn’t have given it out in “hope” and actually waited until they did something worthy of it. After all, it’s not like they give the Noble Prize of Medicine to a doctor who has a really good idea for a new, life-saving surgery, who hasn’t actually preformed one yet.

        Maybe if people read past the part where I said “Personally, I like Obama” and actually read what I wrote, they would agree with me, instead of just blindly giving me the thumbs down.

  4. Walt permalink
    October 10, 2009 11:36 pm

    The Nobel Peace Prize has become little more than a political lollipop to be handed out to those politically favored, as opposed to those who might actually deserve some genuine recognition. As such, it is now worth nothing more than the cash that comes with it. The recipient and donor are equally meaningless as a result of such a transaction.

    • Barbara permalink
      October 11, 2009 10:27 am

      It is too bad that we don’t know who nominated him?

  5. October 11, 2009 1:21 am

    I think we can now safely throw the nobel prize onto the dungheap presently populated by the united nations, the world council of churches and the european parliament.
    To me, the most disturbing aspect of this farce is that even if we accept the proposal that BHO is the greatest thing since sliced bread, the fact of the matter is that he has been in office less than one year: the nominations closed on 1st February, a mere two weeks after he took office. How could anything be more blatantly political?

  6. Bob permalink
    October 11, 2009 6:35 am

    It would be appropriate if this Nobel Prize were ironically one of the nails in the coffin of Obama’s second Presidential term.

  7. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:44 am

    It should be called the Nobel Psychopath Prize, Nobel Antichrist Prize, or the Beavis and Butthead Prize.

  8. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:45 am

    Probably Michelle Obama nominated him.

  9. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:46 am

    If your a terrorist, tyrant and the mentally ill- your politically favored.

  10. MikeD permalink
    October 11, 2009 3:52 pm

    Barak Insane Obama receives the ‘ignobel prize’ as mentioned above. How appropriate to get such an award based upon speeches by a prompter-driven-individual who was elected by the many illegally registered voters. such as: motor-voter, Acorn, grave-yard residents, etc. Has Obama released the names of the many suspicious donors to his campaign for his election? Has he used any of the ‘transparency’ he promised us in that same campaign? There is more ‘closed door’ and ‘behind the scene’ meetings than Hillary Clinton’s used in her search for a health care bill that would be worth the effort. Trying again, eh? MikeD

  11. Bud permalink
    October 11, 2009 9:46 pm

    As already stated, what else would we expect after this award was given to Arafat and Jimmy Carter? The Nobel Peace prize is a joke, and there is nothing credible about it. It would be interesting to know, however, who nominated this socialist for this award? It had to be someone who is completely gaga over Obama!

    • The Grubb permalink
      October 11, 2009 10:00 pm

      Completely Gaga over Obama? You mean like most of the outside world.

      You don’t have to like the man, but he is improving our image over seas. I guess this also includes Norway.

  12. Tom Trevor permalink
    October 12, 2009 8:55 am

    Yes, but Obama has um……………..

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