Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Whither the Nobel Peace Prize?

The London Times, however, attacked the Nobel Committee more intensively. Michael Binyon of the London Times wrote in a hard-hitting article that the Nobel Committee’s decision has made a mockery of the Nobel Peace Prize: “Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush administration, approval for the election of America’s first black president and hope that Washington will honor its promise to re-engage with the world.”

Even if the Nobel Committee’s decision was to encourage the US president to remain the same man of “change” he had promised earlier, it should not have been taken that frantically, only 10 months after he took office. The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was a “comparative award,” and made millions of people laugh at the credibility and authenticity of the foundation which is aimed at the preservation of Alfred Nobel’s heritage; however, from another comparative viewpoint, the Nobel Committee had already brought itself into question by awarding people such as Shimon Peres who are simply unable to spell the word “peace.” READ MORE

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