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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Prize that sullies the name, Nobel

So, after much campaigning and fear mongering, Al Gore and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The fact that Gore's screeching about the impending and very imminent climate doom - via melting ice caps via man's capitalist driven thirst to destroy the environment through their humanity crushing oil guzzling SUVs - has never once mentioned having any desire to bring peace through his drive to bring "awareness" of the upcoming climate Apolcalypse should tell you two things about the Noble Peace Prize. One, it has become a futile and disgustingly hypocritical spit on the very idea of "Peace". Then again, once you give the Prize to a sworn terrorist with the blood of thousands on his hands, I guess any-one is eligible for the prize. Next year, I'm going to nominate Charles Manson. Who's with me? Secondly, has 2007 been such a paltry year in the "peace" department that a Global Warming advocate gets the prize??? I'm wondering why they even need this category to begin with. It's like giving out a best gopher prize at the Oscars. What the hell does that have to do with acting? It is such a fluff category, and going down the list of recipients, you can see the cold hard proof of that. It means nothing. A very small majority of Nobel Peace recipients have actually had anything to do with not only promoting peace but actually doing something proven to achieve some sort of measure of peace. Let's be clear, by the time Rabin, Peres, and Arafat received the Prize, the Oslo Accords were already well on their way to bloody disaster. So, they received an award for signing their names properly on a piece of paper. I guess, that means next year Kindergartners will win the award. All I'm saying is that the whole essence of the Nobel Prize loses a lot of credibility with the Peace category.

My friend has actually written a great analysis of the whole history and background of the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm going to reprint it in full, and include some editorial commentary where I feel it's needed. READ THE REST...

(Source: Journal Terra Incognita)

Issue 6
A Publication of Seth J. Frantzman
Jerusalem, Israel

The fall of the Nobel peace prize
October 12th, 2007

It may be no surprise that the committee of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the U.N. In many ways it serves to illustrate the uselessness and utter failure of both organizations. The U.N is incapable of making peace and the Nobel Prize committee has essentially awarded the prize to itself: or rather another nebulous body of erudite Europeans and groveling third worlders. The fact that Al Gore was named, along with the ‘U.N’ as a recipient merely shows how low he has sunk.

The Nobel Peace Prize was first awarded in 1901 to Frederic Passy and Jean Henry Dunant, the first a peace activist and the latter the father of the Red Cross. For the first 13 years of the Prize’s existence it continued to be awarded to men of caliber who were involved in international arbitration, or international peace work. Some of the recipients were obscure. Some were not. Teddy Roosevelt received the prize due to his long work at international arbitration including the conference to end the Russo-Japanese war. Members of the ‘inter-parliamentary union’, socialists, and peace advocates from Italy to Germany were recipients. The first organization to receive the prize was the Institute of International Law in 1904.

During the first world war the prizes, except in 1917, were awarded to the Red Cross. After the war many of them went to men involved with the League of Nations, including Woodrow Wilson. Fridjof Nansen, famous explorer and peace activist was also awarded a prize in 1922. In the 1930s many members of the committee were in favor of awarding the League of Nations itself the prize, but Halvdan Koht, a historian, threatened to resign and the League, which had proved useless at stopping Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia and countless other aggressions, did not receive the prize. A Prisoner of the Nazis, Carl Von Ossietzky received the prize, as did writers and women’s peace activists. [ed. It should also be noted that during the 1930s, Hitler himself was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by a Nazi sympathizer on the Panel. To that effect, I should mention that there continues to be anti-semitic and known neo-Nazi influences on the panel for the Prize. At least one of the female judges is a known Antisemite. Oh yeah, and it should further be noted that Norway continues to have anti-Jewish laws on its books, especially laws pertaining to the limitations on Jewish land and business ownership. There's a reason there are less than 200 Jews left in Norway whereas there used to be a robust Jewish community there.]

Perhaps the first seeds of the fall of the Nobel prize can be seen in these years between 1930 and 1945 when it not only awarded the Red Cross a Prize during the war, despite the fact that the Red Cross covered up Nazi atrocities [ed. Not only did they cover up atrocities by not reporting the extent of the Jewish Genocide, but they also did nothing to help the Jews in the Concentration and Death Camps even-though they were granted access to them by the Nazis.] , but also suggested the League of Nations for a prize. After the war many of the prizes were awarded to men involved with the U.N, including Ralph Bunche and Cordell Hull, both Americans. The first U.N body to receive the prize was the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. The Nobel prize at this time began to take a lasting interest in the Middle East, Bunche, the Office of the High Commissioner and Canada’s Lester Bowles Pearson and Dag Hammarskjold were all awarded prizes between 1950 and 1965. The first non-westerner to receive the prize was Zulu chief Albert John Lutuli, for his work as head of the ANC and as a ‘human rights’ activist.

In the 1980s the U.N continued to rack up awards including one for the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees (again) and the United Nations peacekeeping Forces [ed. The same Peacekeeping Forces that have been proven to not only not "keep the peace" in the regions they're deployed but are also pillaging and raping the very people they are sworn to protect]. More deserving individuals also received prizes such as Lech Walsea, Andrea Sakharov, Willy Brandt and Eisaku Sato (former Japanese P.M). Henry Kissinger and Lee Duc Tho received a prize in 1973 for helping to pretend to end the Vietnam war. Manachem Begin, the first Jew to receive the prize, and Anwar Sadat received the prize in 1978. Eilie Weasel, The Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa would also receive prizes in 1979 and 186 respectively. Gorbachev got one [ed. President Reagan did not receive the honor of sharing the prize with him for being the main reason the Iron Curtain finally fell.] and so did De Klerk and Mandela. Shimon Peres, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin got one. David Trimble and John Hume got one for their role in ending the violence in Northern Ireland. Amnesty international, Medicines San Frontieres, anti-nuclear and anti-landmines groups all received prizes. 2003-2006 were the Muslim Years of the Nobel Peace Prize as it altered its outlook due to 9/11 and realized the Muslims needed to be included in its largesse. Shirin Ebadi, Mohammed El Baradei and Muhammed Yunus were awarded prizes for women’s rights, nuclear proliferation and helping the poor respectively.

Perhaps the inclusion of El Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Commission presaged the 2007 award. He has sat atop an organization that has done the opposite of its purview for the past 10 years. During his tenure nuclear weapons have proliferated on a massive scale, to North Korea, India, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Libya, and beyond. He has, unsurprisingly, been the largest opponent of doing anything to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions. [ed. It should be noted that SYRIA has recently been appointed co-chair of the IAEA.]

In 2007 the award went to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Neither one has ever campaigned for peace in even the most rudimentary war. However they have both been involved in the latest fad of claiming that conflicts are due to climate change [ed. A baseless theory that Al Gore has done nothing to prove, but because it panders to fear mongering and bringing more support to his cause, he has championed this cry. "Just imagine it. If we do something to stop global warming, wars will automatically end. That's all there is to it!" Sounds cheap and easy enough. Where do I sign up?]. The brilliant assessment of leading anti-global warming people that climate change fuels the genocide in the Sudan has provided a wonderful excuse for the genocidaires. They aren’t to blame, it’s the hot weather that makes them rape and kill. Perhaps climate change caused Hitler and the Nazis to need more Labensraum.

It seems the history of the Nobel Peace Prize and its recipients could best be broken down into two groups of people and organizations: Those that did something to achieve peace, and those that did nothing except talk. Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Elihu Root, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa and Manachem Begin might be included in the former category. The U.N, the Red Cross and numerous other organizations and people could be included in the latter. [ed. I should also mention that the Red Cross organization has done NOTHING to prevent or stop its Red Crescent members from allowing their ambulances to be used as terrorist aides and transports (completely and utterly against any international law), especially in the Palestinian territories. Not only have terrorists used the ambulances to evade capture and shelter from which to continue firing their weapons from, they have also used the ambulances to transport explosives into Israel to commit terrorist attacks. This is on top of the fact that the Red Cross has reinforced anti-semitism by only allowing the Magen David Adom to officially join the organization after it agreed to changed its symbol from a big star of David to a small one with an arbitrary diamond around. This was done in capitulation to Red Crescent demands.] They talk about peace, talk, and talk and talk, but they do nothing. The U.N has never, in its history, done anything to bring peace to anywhere. It has taken credit, of course, for bringing peace, but it has only done so after the actual parties to the conflict had already resolved to have peace. In many places the U.N has actively encouraged violence, been part and parcel to the conflict or sat by while genocide has taken place. The U.N did nothing to end the fighting in the Lebanese refugee camp, Nahr al Balad, for the four months in which it was slowly leveled and destroyed by the Lebanese Army [ed. The UN Security Council, especially, called no emergency session, nor did the General Assembly hold a special meeting when it was proven that the Lebanese Army was taking no caution to avoid civilian casualties, and was arbitrarily pounding artillery shells into the camp to avoid military casualties knowing full well that they were randomly hitting civilian targets. This complete lack of concern for non-combatants resulted in hundreds of Palestinian deaths. No, the special sessions are reserved specially Israel. In fact, the UN, as a whole, applauded the Lebanese government for taking a strong stance on terrorism.] It did nothing between 1976 and 2005 to ensure peace on Israel’s northern border and in 1967 it collaborated with Gamel Abdel Nasser to evacuate the Sinai peninsula, against its mandate, so that the area could be re-militarized. In Rwanda it watched and sipped tea as 400,000 people died [ed. In fact, the UN's peace keeping mandate hampered the American military's ability to help the people. They were FORCED to stand idly by even as they watched innocent civilians being murdered in front of their eyes.]. It has done nothing in the Sudan. In many places, including Hutu refugee camps in the Congo and Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza, its buildings and organizations have been infiltrated by militants and it has been used by terrorists and killers.

The time is coming with the Nobel Committee will award itself a prize for its fake work at encouraging peace. That will be its ultimate tombstone.

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At 1:04 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

The prize is still worth it in the hard sciences categories. (aka. Prof Aumann for Game Theory)

Anything having to do with "peace" is a joke.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

That's what I'm saying!

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Spot on, about the peace prize.

So, they received an award for signing their names properly on a piece of paper. I guess, that means next year Kindergartners will win the award.

My 4yr old can do that bilingually; does that mean she gets two prizes?

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Well, she may have to share it, but she's definitely eligible in my book.


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