If George Bush was ever going to find out just how much the world doesn’t like him, I think today would be the day.
Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize closed only two weeks after Obama took office and today he won. He also just sent an extra 21,000 troops to Afghanistan (as was pointed out by a Taliban spokesperson from an undisclosed location today). When a friend of mine sent me a text to tell me this morning, I thought it was some kind of joke I didn’t get. I’m still wondering if that may be the case.
Part of me thinks he won the award just because he isn’t George Bush. I mean, the world hates Americans, yes, but they really didn’t like that guy.
Alfred Nobel created the Peace Prize after reading an obviously premature copy of his obituary in a French newspaper. The obituary referred to him as a doctor of death for having stabilized nitroglycerine, thus creating TNT. This discovery which was supposed to make weapons so powerful no one would use them (sound familiar?) only made weapons so powerful that everyone used them and bodies began to pile up at rates never seen before. Oops.
The prize goes to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”
Apparently Lech Walesa, the dockworker who led the Solidarity Movement in Poland and eventually freed the Poles from Soviet control had a real “WTF?” moment when he heard and added “Who? What? So fast?”
I think the best thing about today’s news is that it sets the precedent that we can just award the Stanley Cup to the Vancouver Canucks this year, because they want to play good hockey and just might if given the chance.