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Sad History Of The Nobel Peace Prize

From the invaluable Discover The Networks:


Administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, the Nobel Prize has been awarded annually since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and contributions to world peace. The foundations for the Nobel Prize were laid in November 1895 when Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) — a Swedish chemist and engineer best known as the inventor of dynamite — made provisions in his will to bequeath more than $4.2 million from his estate to the establishment of the awards…

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.

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.

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."

In 2001 the Nobel Peace Prize was given to the United Nations and its Secretary General, Kofi Annan. When presenting the award to Mr. Annan, Gunnar Berge argued that the establishment of peaceful change in the 21st Century would "be a task for the UN, if not in the form of a centralized world government then at least as the more efficient global instrument which the world so sorely needs." Berge attacked the Bush administration specifically, saying that "the USA provides the clearest illustration" of a country "selective in their attitudes to the UN," only favoring "an active UN when they need and see opportunities to obtain its support; but when the UN takes a different stance, they seek to limit its influence."

In 2000 the award went to South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who, solely to bolster his chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, bribed North Korea’s government with $1.5 billion in exchange for the latter’s feigned good-faith participation in peace talks ostensibly aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear program

In 1994 the Nobel Peace Prize Committee drew a moral equivalence between statesmen and a terrorist when presenting its award jointly to Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the Palestinian leader whose unwavering goal was the destruction of Israel, Yasser Arafat.

The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize recipient was Rigoberta Menchu, the leftist icon and communist agent who falsely claimed authorship of an autobiography which was later found to have been written by the French Marxist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray.

In 1987 the award went to Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez, who, in order "to bring peace to the region," reversed the policy of his predecessor who had allowed the Reagan administration to use northern Costa Rica as a base for its war efforts against the Marxist Sandinistas.

The 1985 Nobel Peace Prize was given to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, (IPPNW), a group founded with the explicit involvement of the Soviet dictatorship. In fact, Yevgeny Chazov, Soviet Deputy Minister of Health, served as one of IPPNW’s three co-chairmen

Two years earlier the award was given to Argentine writer Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, a pacifist and Marxist who in more recent times has spoken at the World Social Forum, an annual event replete with anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, anti-America, and anti-Israel themes. In April 2003 Esquivel sent a letter to President Bush that included the following sentiments: "You hide the true motives of the Iraq invasion and seek to justify massacres in order to seize the oil resources of Iraq, and to dominate the Mideast, and to impose your plans of world hegemony and global dictatorship … You have transformed the United States into a terrorist State."

The 1973 Nobel Peace Prize was conferred jointly to Communist North Vietnamese political leader Le Duc Tho — who in 1956 oversaw the start of the Communist insurgency against South Vietnam — and American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, for their efforts in negotiating the Paris Peace Accords that resulted in a ceasefire and an American withdrawal from Vietnam. But the 1973 peace was a fragile one, and Le continued thereafter to direct the military operations against President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam. Then, shortly after U.S. funding to South Vietnam’s war effort was cut off in early 1975, Saigon fell to the Communists who proceeded to execute tens of thousands of peasants.

So today’s developments should come as no surprise.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Sad History Of The Nobel Peace Prize”

  1. WendyB says:

    I see a theme here. If you are a Marxist, anti-American terrorist idiot, you get the Nobel Peace prize. So Obama is the obvious recipient for 2009.

  2. Confucius says:

    Here’s a fun fact:

    Creator of the Nobel Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel, invented dynamite.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Seems the ‘award’ goes to the person with the most dogged hatred for America.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

  5. catie says:

    I also can’t believe this moron is going to get the cash. What in the hell is he going to do with that? I cannot believe that this hater of America won the prize. It’s sickening.

  6. TadCF says:

    Where did you get your information as to what happened to “the tens of thousands of peasants” after the fall of Saigon. I know ultra-conservatives talk about what happened “after the fall” a lot, but they never seem to mention anything about the over 1,000,000 North Vietnamese civilians that were killed by American air raids. Have you ever seem the body of a human being burned by napalm or white phosphorus–or blown to bits with high explosive? Most of these were innocent people who were just born in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Do you even know what this war was about? Saving the world from communism? Forty years after that war and most countries in that area are still not communist. So much for the domino theory. Maybe you should stop depending on right-wing blogs for all your information,

    • proreason says:

      Uh, last time I looked, the Russians overthrew their Communists in 1989 and the Chinese have become bigger capitalists than the US.

      It was a long struggle against Communism, and the Viet Nam War played a big part in it. Thank you every last Viet Nam vet. There are millions of Americans who appreciate the sacrifices you made. And as we are learning in spades with coward leftists in charge, it’s possible to win wars that take decades without a major decisive victory.

      Of course, militarily, Viet Nam was a decisive victory, and we could have easily overthrown the Viet Cong and given the people of Southeast Asia a good life instead of the lives of misery lunatic leftists like you condemned them to.

      Here’s a bit of advice. Practice developing as much sympathy for our allies as you have for our enemies.

    • BigOil says:

      I married one of the tens of thousands of peasants you insinuate did not exist. My wife and her family were fortunate to escape a re-education camp after the war. Others were not so fortunate.

      I have heard the stories from those that survived on a skiff, escaping across the open waters of the ocean. Many more died by drowning, starvation, and at the hands of pirates.

      Or how would you like to be forced from your home into a camp where you survive by catching the occasional rodent to eat?

      What happened in Vietnam after the fall of Saigon is not unusual in human history – it is more the norm than the relatively comfortable life we live. Cede your liberties to the government and you rely on blind luck that the same oppression you shrug off in Vietnam is not your own fate.

      No thanks. Us evil conservatives will err on the side of fighting to retain our personal liberty.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      One need look no farther than your own beloved left-leaning Wikipedia for some answers, TadCF:

      Upon taking control of the bomb-ravaged country, the Vietnamese communists banned all other political parties and forced public servants and military personnel of the Republic of Vietnam into re-education camps. The government also embarked on a mass campaign of collectivization of farms and factories. Reconstruction of the war-ravaged country was slow, and serious humanitarian and economic problems confronted the communist regime. Millions of people fled the country in crudely built boats, creating an international humanitarian crisis.[22][23] In 1978, the Vietnamese army invaded Cambodia (sparking the Cambodian-Vietnamese War) which removed the Khmer Rouge from power.[24] This action worsened relations with China, which launched a brief incursion into northern Vietnam (the Sino-Vietnamese War) in 1979.[25] This conflict caused Vietnam to rely even more heavily on Soviet economic and military aid.

      The link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam

      You took a severely one-sided and very myopic view of the whole “bombing innocent victims” argument. You obviously understand very little about how the Vietnam war started, how it evolved and how it ended up. It wasn’t just about the US involvement, or Nixon, no. It goes back much farther than that.

      You also understand very little about the Cold War and nuclear proliferation and the pervasive adoption of communism throughout the world.

      Myanmar-Military junta.
      Laos-Communist state.
      Thailand-Constitutional monarchy.
      Malaysia- Federal parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarch.
      China-Communist party-led state
      Vietnam-Communist state.


      So of the six nations total of SE Asia, including Vietnam, three are openly communist, one is a military dictatorship, one a monarchy, and one a parliamentary state much like Great Britain.

      Maybe not “domino theory” to you but well, I think there is evidence to support that the fight against communism was valid. Additionally, The United States pledged support to Vietnam when the French bailed out. I guess it would have been better to just abandon them and let them fight their own battles.

      But then, you and people like you would condemn (once again) the US and its government for “not doing something about the human rights violations going on in Vietnam”. So there would be no pleasing you anyhow.

      Meanwhile, the communists saw the opportunity to move in after the killing of Diem and the failure of various attempts at governments.

      Eisenhower had pledged support to the people of Vietnam as early as 1954.

      In any case, facts like these will not hold sway with your utopian dream that communists don’t really want to hurt anyone or run their lives, etc. They are peaceful and good and wholesome I suppose the way you see it. Doesn’t matter that everywhere communism is tried, their own governments destroys lives.

      The bombing you refer to, which is inaccurate at best, such as Linebacker I and Linebacker II, under Nixon, perhaps were the single strongest methods to get the Viet Cong to the bargaining table as the old method that Johnson had of trying to fight a “limited” war by declaring certain targets off limits, wasn’t really working…and never had.

      From wikipedia:

      Although Hanoi claimed that the U.S. had “carpet-bombed hospitals, schools, and residential areas, committing barbarous crimes against our people”, the North Vietnamese government itself claimed that only 1,624 civilians had been killed by the bombing.

      Not 1,000,000. Nor is that number you claim in any of the research I did online for not just Linebacker ops but for the entire war.

      Politicians should not dabble in warfare, just as generals should not dabble in politics.

      Your beloved chosen golden boy, Obama is intending to do just that in Afghanistan…and will repeat the mistakes made in Vietnam by Johnson and Macnamara by already declaring certain targets off limits and endangering the lives of US soldiers.

      War may be an ugly thing, but it’s not the ugliest of things. And while you sit there and enjoy your home-grown pot or whatever it is you’re smoking, be thankful that you live in a land that is so lenient that militarists don’t come into your house in the middle of the night and take you to a detention center and let you rot in a cell to die.

      That, my friend, is what communists do. So “big whup” that communists proliferate? How about we take you there and let you try to do whatever it is you do HERE, over THERE.

      You idiot.

      And oh, some numbers I found with a quick Google search:

      D. Vietnamese Civil War, final phase, 1973-75

      * Young, citing Pentagon estimates:
      o ARVN: 26,500 (1973) + 30,000 (1974)
      o PRG/DRV: 39,000 (1973) + 61,000 (1974)
      o Civilians: 15,000
      o [TOTAL: 171,500 killed in the “Cease-Fire War”.]


      *note, this is after the US pulled out altogether.

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