Noble Peace Prize Goes to UN Chemical Weapons Inspectors
Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 22, 2013
In 2009 the Nobel Peace Prize went to our newly elected president, Barack Obama. This was an amazing choice since none of Obama’s international policies were yet in effect. Given the Libyan war, the ongoing Afghan war, and the President’s willingness to use drone assassinations at will, this award was more than premature, it was inappropriate.
Furthering the Noble Committee’s weird choices, the 2012 Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union. The European Union is clearly an economic disaster with many Southern tier EU countries in or near insolvency. To award a community that created this colossal mess a Peace Prize is absurd.
Last week the Norwegian Nobel Committee continued its questionable record, giving the 2013 Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors. This organization was awarded the prize due to its involvement in attempting to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria with the Noble Committee’s citation stating: “Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons.” In addition, Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee, indicated that the award should remind nations still holding chemical weapons to destroy them, “especially because they are demanding that others do the same, like Syria.” How naïve; just how well has that logic worked getting the nukes out of North Korea?
Let’s see; the Syrian Civil War has been ongoing for over 30 months with more than 100,000 killed, but less than 2% of that number coming from chemical weapons. For that the Noble Committee awards a division of the United Nations, which stood by while this carnage occurred. Now that’s Progressive logic!
Former United States ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Ryan C. Crocker, was a bit more logical stating: “The O.P.C.W., wherever it goes in the chemical weapons effort in Syria, is not going to bring peace to Syria because chemical weapons are simply not a major factor in Assad’s ability to wage war, which in my view is why he’s willing to cooperate. Getting rid of chemical weapons anywhere is a good thing, but to make this worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, I just don’t get it.”
To that, Mr. Crocker, I say “let’s not confuse the Progressives in Europe with the facts”. In today’s narcissistic world it is one’s job title that matters, not accomplishments. Europe has gone back to its roots. The aristocracy lives on, but now camouflaged by flawed democracies.