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Who Should Have Won a Nobel Peace Prize?

 by Julie Hanus


Tags: Politics, international, war and peace, Nobel Peace Prize, visionaries, Foresign Policy,

The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decisions are always scrutinized—and today, Foreign Policy is on the ball with a historical list of “Nobel Peace Prize Also-Rans.” Looking from Eleanor Roosevelt to Ken Saro-Wiwa, the venerable monthly profiles seven visionary people who never won a Nobel Peace Prize—but should have. Who do you think has been overlooked?

Source: Foreign Policy

parker jones_1
10/16/2009 11:56:17 AM

First and foremost, Rachel, the thing that you seemed to have missed is the fact that The Nobel Prize is not given for potential or intent, it's given for clear action that results in an clear positive result worthy of international applause. Why not just give it to a newborn that we speculate in the next 75 years is going to be the next Dalai Lama? Although exaggerated, it follows your same logic. No, no other American has done more, and that's why none of us were given a Nobel Peace Prize, which recognizes personal struggle, and not the struggle of a nation. Neither is The Nobel Prize an American prize, nor should it be given for improving international opinion of American foreign relations. Which in all reality hasn't changed that much. The Nobel Peace prize was given to a man who runs a country in two wars in the middle east, and is currently calling for a troop escalation in Afghanistan. what sense does that make? Losing wars does not equate to peace spreading enterprise.


rachael_1
10/12/2009 3:03:51 PM

The rightful recipient of the Nobel Peace prize is whoever is selected by the recognized authorities. That would be our President Obama. Instead of wasting time criticizing, as a nation, we should all be proud, and if any of us feel he hasn't done enough, yet, we should find ways to support his efforts rather than undermine them. After all, have we done any more than he? If he succeeds, we succeed. If he fails, we fail. What many Americans seem to have totally missed, is just how seriously impaired our foreign relations were, and how much he has improved them in such a short time. I salute him. Why is there even any question?