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The Leftist Politics of the Nobel Peace Prize, Part 1

October 10, 2009

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Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”; his “vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons”; and his efforts to create a “new climate” of “multilateral diplomacy” in international relations.

Mind you, all Nobel nominations must be submitted by February 1 of the year in which they are to be awarded, meaning that Obama, who took his oath of office as President on January 20, was nominated for the Prize within his first twelve days in office. Had Obama achieved anything of substance during those few days to merit such an award? No serious thinker could argue that he had. His nomination is but a testament to the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize has increasingly devolved into an honor awarded to recipients who reflect the Nobel Committee’s leftist politics and preferences. Consider some of the more notable winners of recent years.

Gore

In 2007 former Vice President Al Gore won the Prize for his success in spreading uninformed panic about man-made global warming, a controversial concept whose very existence is denied by tens of thousands of eminent scientists and climatologists. But then again, Barack Obama’s Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein may have unwittingly revealed what the real motivation between global-warming initiatives is – worldwide redistribution of wealth from the United States, to the Third World. Said Sunstein in 2007: “It is even possible that desirable redistribution is more likely to occur through climate change policy than otherwise, or to be accomplished more effectively through climate policy than through direct foreign aid.”

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In 2005 the Nobel Peace Prize was presented to Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian attorney who has served as Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 1997. Under his leadership, the IAEA’s strategy of appeasement proved unsuccessful at dissuading North Korea from developing a nuclear weapons program in the late 1990s. Yet ElBaradei is employing the same approach today to address Iran’s well-documented pursuit of nuclear power. He has suggested in diplomatic circles that the best course of action may be to tolerate small-scale uranium enrichment in Iran, in exchange for Tehran’s pledge to eschew the production of nuclear armaments — a plan very similar to the failed bargain he struck with North Korea.

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The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize went to Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan ecologist and environmental activist who founded the Green Belt Movement in Africa in 1977. An anti-white, anti-Western crusader for international socialism, Maathai alleges that “some sadistic [white] scientists” created the AIDS virus “to wipe out the black race.” She is also a member of the Commission on Global Governance, whose manifesto, titled Our Global Neighborhood, calls for a dramatic reordering of the world’s political power — and redistribution of the world’s wealth.

Carter

The 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient was Jimmy Carter, who strongly opposed America’s looming invasion of Iraq. When the former U.S. President was officially given his award, Nobel Committee Chairman Gunnar Berge told reporters that Carter’s honor “should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current [U.S.] administration has taken. It’s a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as the United States.”

So much for the fanciful notion that the voting process for the Nobel Peace Prize is anything more than a politically motivated spitting contest.

Editor’s note: For part 2 of this series click here.

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13 Comments
  1. October 10, 2009 9:13 am

    Here’s some made-up fun for y’all:

    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Tim Skivington Of Phoenix Shows Great Promise In His Field, So He Deserves…

    THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!

    After all, he has such POTENTIAL!

    In a world where fluff outperforms performance, Tim is the champion of silky.

    His up-selling skills are awesome, and no one over-commits better.

    Although he is trying to force unprecedented change on a fairly unregulated industry (home pool-cleaning contracts), and although not everyone is sure his is the kind of change that is wanted or needed (one proposal calls for fines or possible jail time for those who won’t commit to weekly service), everyone agrees on one thing: He never sweats or frets, and is so judicious and deliberative in his manner that he just has to be doing what is right for every single pool owner!

    He is shooting for the day when all pool-cleaning companies will be regulated by the government, who will then parcel out jobs to the most deserving entrepeneurs (Tim).

    This will usher in a new era of civility and cooperation, since there will be only one company getting all the bids.

    Although he has done little to regulate the size of standing armies around the world (one of the requirements for winning this ultimate of all Socialist blue-ribbon awards), and hasn’t quite yet demonstrated the elaborate duplicity that pushed Arafat, Carter, and Gore over the top, he is such a master rhetorician (I own FOUR skimmers) that we just need to step up and push the committee to foist the prize on him.

    TIM SKIVINGTON OF PHOENIX: THE 2009 WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. FOR GREAT POSSIBLE AND LIKELY ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF THE HOME POOL-CLEANING INDUSTRY, WHICH MAY BRING ABOUT SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS IN EVERY SUBURBAN POOL-OWNERS LIFE.

    Yeah, it sounds silly – but no sillier than Obama becoming President (or, God forbid, a Nobel laureate).

  2. macko permalink
    October 10, 2009 9:43 am

    I believe that Nobel started all this to put some distance between himself and the moniker “Merchant of Death” hence the name Nobel “Peace” Prize.

    After his disappointment with his lifes work you would think that maybe someone would want to stick with the plan on this one. They should try to get back to the original intent and stop making a mockery of it. I’m sure he wrote it down somewhere.

    I mean really, yasir arafat

  3. Cas Balicki permalink
    October 10, 2009 11:01 am

    If I’m not mistaken Nobel prizes were first given out only for the sciences. The Nobel Peace Prize came later and may even have been established after his death. The name Nobel was attached to the peace prize to give it cache. Alfred Nobel, again if I am not mistaken, was the inventor of Dynamite, who established the prizes after reading his own obituary in the papers.

  4. Swemson permalink
    October 10, 2009 11:12 am

    We’re living in a world gone mad !

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 10, 2009 12:16 pm

      Ditto, enjoy the ride…

  5. Walt permalink
    October 10, 2009 11:44 pm

    The recent recipients of the award have either been fools or knaves. If I had received the Nobel Peace Prize, I would accepted the prize and promptly donate the proceeds to the NRA. Peace through Strength. lol

  6. Max Hanna permalink
    October 11, 2009 5:52 am

    Amen to Walt. That’s the best idea yet.

  7. Judy permalink
    October 11, 2009 10:26 am

    Maathai, Carter, Gore, Arafat,ElBaradie, Tutu, and Obama (just a small selection for an example) have a singular trait in common. They are all pathological liars and anti-human existence. Is this not peculiar?? While the majority of the scientists that were awarded the prize have legitimately deserved it, the vast majority of the ” peace prize” recipients for peace accomplishments have been far-left anti-American/Western idealogs with extreme views of humans and the relationship with “mother earth”. The usefullness of humans on earth are now in question with many of these nutballs that see humans as “ecotumors” and “ecomalignancies” (Sunstein, Holdren), and the interventions to decrease the human “toll” on the planet. How have we spun off in such an insane direction? Julie, you are correct. We are in for a very bumpy ride. I cannot nominate the poolcleaner until November, but it is on my calendar. Obama’s nomination did what it was intended to do. To spit in the faces of those that do not enbrace far-left/socialistic views.Well, the joke is on them. We already devalued the importance many years ago. And now see it as a complete farce worthy of SNL humor and a passing mention on a bathroom wall.

  8. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:50 am

    I heard the Taliban didn’t know why he got it – haha. Well, we got one thing in common with them.

  9. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:54 am

    The world is becoming one big sad joke.

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