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IGNobel Peace Prize Farce
|by Gaurang Bhatt, MD|
The last date for accepting nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize occurred ten days after Obama assumed his presidency. He had done nothing at that time to merit the nomination, nor has he done anything since. Some sycophant nominated him and the Norwegian committee which decides the winner should have thrown out his nomination as undeserving. I don’t know their policy and procedures, but until the present, he has talked a great deal about peace in the Middle East, eliminating nuclear weapons, withdrawing from Iraq, praising Islam, but his actions belie his words and are diametrically opposite.
He backed down and allowed Netanyahu to continue with new settlements, stopped any condemnation of Israel by the Goldstone report (Judge Goldstone is a South African Jew and cannot be tarred with anti-semitism), has not closed Guantanamo. continued the Iraq War, escalated the Afghan War, allowed illegal wiretaps, bailed out the big banks while doing little for troubled homeowners and jobless, capitulated on the public option in healthcare, surrendered to big pharma and insurance lobbies. Some optimistic adulating fools fantasize that the peace prize will compel him to take a more decent path. These same fans are capable of whining that he should also have gotten the Nobel prize in literature and fiction for his “Audacity Of Hope”.
“Ushtranam vivaheshu gito gayante gardhabhani
Even more importantly, in continuation of my last week’s article on power’s effects on a variety of fools, Obama knows he doesn’t deserve the prize and has acknowledged it publicly and promised to donate the entire sum of the prize money, but lacks the integrity to refuse to accept it. Such are the intoxicating and self-deluding effects of power, for it makes fools of even those who were apparently wise before they imbibed the destructive and corrosive brew of power.
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