October 14, 2009
The Nobel Prize
USAToday.com published an interesting story about the most recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Even the liberal New York Times had a similar story.
They said, "Normally the prize has been presented, even controversially, for accomplishment."
It turns out I wasn't the only person perplexed by the choice of the Peace Prize committee members. I just had to go to the Nobel website to see if they publish guidelines about how they select a winner. This is the only text I could find that helps show the criteria they use to select the winner:
"Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been honoring men and women from all corners of the globe for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and for work in peace."
Wow! When you look up the definition of achievement, it talks about things that have happened in the past. It seems like the committee based their decision on Hope - they *hope* there will be world peace and that our President is the man that will pull the levers. My simple question is: When Iran or North Korea finish building their nuclear weapons and then launch them, is the Nobel committee allowed to rescind the prize? The more likely scenario, as there is historical precedent, is that Israel will launch their own nuclear strike within the next year to prevent the second Holocaust. What's our President doing now to prevent any of this from happening? That's a rhetorical question - so you know.