Peace Prize gone to pieces

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” Norwegian Nobel Committee, 2009.

Barack Hussein Obama took up the office of President of the United States of America less than a fortnight before the nominations closed for the 2009 Peace Prize.

Within that short period of time, he made it onto the shortlist of candidates for what was once a prestigious award for duty to humanity.

He must have done an awful lot of really good work in those few days, because today he was confirmed as being the most deserving of all candidates for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

He gets the prize while managing to alienate all America’s loyal allies and at the same time becoming pally with some of the worst dictatorships and inhuman rights regimes the modern world has ever known.

And, not least, under his stewardship the economic crisis he admittedly inherited has worsened to such an extent that many US commentators talk about a forthcoming civil war in a nominally federal America where the gulf between the haves and the have nots – in particular as regards jobs and future prospects – is widening rather than narrowing.

It would appear that the Peace Prize was gifted to Barack Hussein Obama in a desperate attempt to shore up his flagging reputation. A reputation he has lost in record time – the quickest slide in US presidential history. A slide compounded by his refusal to meet the Dalai Lama on the latter’s visit to Washington, in a remarkable break with protocol. It’s an insult on a par with hitting Mahatma Gandhi on the nose and kicking Mother Theresa on the shin. Perhaps Obama will head-butt the Pope if he ever visits the Vatican, we seem to live in an age of unspeakable wonders.

The Nobel Committee has either lost its way or, like so many others, been dazzled by the sparkling oratory skills of a Teflon figurehead whose most lasting contribution to domestic US and indeed international peace and stability is the phrase “Yes we can”.

The world has long since stopped waiting to find out just what he can.

For 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Peace Prize, should consider the following candidates:

Robert Mugabe. Like Barack Hussein Obama, he too has dedicated his administration to wiping out the past and changing the course of his nation’s history. While Obama contents himself with transforming the most powerful nation on earth into a disparaged weakling, Mugabe has succeeded in transforming what was once the bread-basket of Africa into one of the poorest nations on earth. And while Obama is adopting policies that are driving skilled and dedicated Americans away from the country of their birth, Mugabe is using his armed forces to drive away white farmers from the country of their birth, solely on account of the colour of their skin. Obama, meanwhile, remains silent. Obama’s “Yes we can” has been transformed by Mugabe into “We already did.”

Should Robert Mugabe be unsuccessful in his bid for the 2010 Peace Prize, the only other candidate who stands a chance of winning the prestigious award is of course Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Because while Iran’s strongman has been making clear his determination to rid the world of its only Jewish nation to make way for the 53rd Islamic country, Obama has remained silent in the face of this racist onslaught and even given him floor space in New York from which to grandstand his racist views.

There is however a third candidate. In announcing next year’s Peace Prize winner, the Norwegian Nobel Committee will not even have to write a new speech. They can simply repeat the words used to announce the 2009 Obama victory.

With just one exception, one tiny little letter:

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” Norwegian Nobel Committee, 2009.

“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Osama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” Recommended wording, 2010.

Osama Bin Laden certainly captured the world’s attention, and he most certainly has given a lot of people hope for a future that is way better from their blinkered viewpoint.

Perhaps, next year, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee will make a departure from protocol and deliver their announcement from that outstanding stronghold of peace and human rights, Myanmar?

JPost, Haaretz, Weekly Standard, Yahoo News, Google News, Asia Times, Gloria Centre, Daniel Pipes, Daniel Pipes, Tundra Tabloids, Reuters, Ilya Meyer on that other US Presidential Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter, Ilya Meyer on the UN and Mahmud Ahmadinejad,