Patterico once had a mocking post about finding someone to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize, after it was revealed that convicted murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams had been so nominated. It was all an effort to prevent the state of California from relieving Mr Williams of the pains of this mortal vale, of course, but the blatantly political reasons that some people — and I use that term loosely — who have the privilege to make nominations were revealed for all to see.
231 nominations have been submitted for this year’s award
By The Associated Press / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, February 27, 2012, 9:03 AM
OSLO, Norway — A spokesman for the Nobel Peace Prize jury says 231 nominations have been submitted for this year’s award, with publicly disclosed candidates including a former Ukrainian prime minister and the U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.
The secretive committee doesn’t reveal who has been nominated, but those with nomination rights sometimes announce their picks. They include Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private charged with the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Norwegian Nobel Committee secretary Geir Lundestad told the AP on Monday that “The list of nominees is a mixture of repeated nominations and some new names.”
PFC Manning does not face the death penalty, so there’s no claim that the nomination was made to save his life, as was the case with Mr Williams. Rather, this was a clearly political attempt to glorify someone who stole and then had published American classified information, without even having comprehensive knowledge of what he was divulging. PFC Manning simply dumped hundreds of thousands of documents, which could have contained information which led directly to the deaths of Americans for all he knew, into the lap of Julian Assange, an accused rapist, who published much of them.¹
That there are quack nominations is unsurprising. Heck, there have been Nobel Peace Prize winners whose awards call into question the intelligence and sincerity of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee: Yassir Arafat,, in 1994, a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands; Le Duc Tho, in 1973, who at least had the decency to decline; Al Gore, in 2007, for his efforts to scam the world on global warming; Jimmy Carter, in 2002, for his persistent criticism of President George W Bush; and Barack Obama, in 2009, for not being George W Bush. Former President Bush, who led the liberation of fifty million people from Ba’ath Party and Taliban tyranny, will never be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The only real surprise is that we haven’t heard of a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for
Mumia abu-Jamal Wesley Cook.
¹ – Though PFC Manning has not yet been convicted, he does not deny that he took this action. His defense, such as it is, is that he was a troubled individual who should never have been granted access to classified information in the first place, and that the Army failed to remove him from his sensitive post when it was obvious that such should have been done.