Bishop Desmond Tutu and two other former winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have rightfully criticized the Oslo foundation for giving the 2012 award to the European Union. This is an example of the diminishing esteem for the coveted prize. In awarding the EU, the foundation passed over many deserving nominees, including Bill Clinton who, in his post-presidency, has created a number of foundations to help poor and needy people around the world.
This was not an award for recognizing agents of peace. Rather, it has evolved into a political entity.
Since 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 99 individuals and twenty-three times to organizations, including the well-deserving Red Cross three times. But somewhere a long the line, the prize system has gone astray.
Gone are the days of George Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa and Elie Wiesel.
Consider 1994’s co-winner: Yasser Arafat, terrorist leader. The award may as well have been given to Adolf Hitler. People then began doubting the validity of the once-prestigious award. Arafat led the Jew-hating, Jihad-based Palestinian Liberation Organization in terror activities throughout his mission, including the murder of fourteen Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. The Oslo foundation cannot justify such a travesty.
While no peacenik, Arafat actually did accomplish deeds in his life, however nefarious.
Not so with the 2009 winner, Barack Obama, who was voted the award before he barely settled in to the Oval Office. While Mr. Obama never spread Arafat-like malevolence, neither was there any evidence – as of award time – that he had accomplished anything significant in his life other than organize people to raise money to get himself elected. He had no history of self-sacrifice or of blood sweat and tears curing and saving the downtrodden. During his stints as a junior state senator from Illinois then two years as a U.S. Senator, he had no record of accomplishments other than assembling followers because of oratory skills. The Oslo committee was so impressed that America could elect a black man as president, it ignored other many other deserving candidates who had sacrificed much of their lives helping others around the world. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for political acknowledgements, not peace.
There is nothing more peaceful in Europe today because of the union. Out-of-control immigration and birth rates of non-assimilating Islamists have fractured social systems in several European countries where radicals are taking to the streets flexing their muscles, promising Islamic majorities in another generation. Sharia law is creeping into many legal systems. So intimidated are the French government, they have allowed the formation of more than 750 “No-Go” zones, Islamic neighborhoods that are off-limits to authorities, unless invited. Greece, England, Germany, Italy and other places in Europe are experiencing an increase in civil disturbances, mostly brought about by massive unemployment.
More deserving individuals and caring organizations who have accomplished so much aid and assistance to the needy were overlooked. The Nobel Peace Prize system has sadly morphed from recognizing real accomplishments in the name of humanity to a shallow political sham.
Past winners, Bishop Tutu, Mairead Maguire of Ireland and Adolfo Esquivel of Argentina have written a letter to the Nobel Foundation demanding the 2012 prize money of $1.2 million be withheld. And so it should.
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