The founder of Miss World Eric Morley’s estate must be wondering which wrong turn the late Mr. Morley took in life to not have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize. After all there is perhaps noone in the world who has done as much as him in providing a platform for attractive people to spew warm air about “world peace”.
Because today the Nobel Committee officially announced that that’s all you need to do in order to get a Nobel Prize. That is you need to be a good-looking person with a nice deep baritone who just “talks” about disarmament and world peace. Obama’s achievements on the world stage, and I challenge his biggest supporters to show otherwise, has been nyada.
He has given one flowery speech to the “Islamic nations”, he has mollycoddled Pakistan (as expected) by giving them massive amounts of aid with the full knowledge that it will be used to promote terror in India, he has sat for months on sending more troops to Afghanistan and he has pandered to China by refusing to meet a “deserving” Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dalai Lama.
But of course we all know that the Nobel Peace Prize is a gigantic “get your PhD in a week by correspondence” kind of scam handed out by a gushing Europe to people whom they admire/want to suck up to because of the prevailing political climate. Which is why Mahatma Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize because Europe in the 30s was fully behind colonialism and Britain. Neither did Jawaharlal Nehru even though he was a world statesman whose non-alignment, obsolete today, was a powerful movement for world peace at the height of the Cold War and his initiative together with Tito and Naseer to form a peaceful alternative to a nuclear armed USA and Russia was an awardworthy effort.
Which is why Sakharov, the pro-NATO Soviet physicist-cum-dissident, was given the Peace Prize for condemning his country and glorifying NATO at the height of the cold war. Which is why a terrorist like Yassir Arafat is a Peace Prize awardee. And which is why a humbug like Gore who gave his voice over for a documentay on environment also has a Peace Prize in his trophy cabinet despite his frequent very un-environment friendly lifestyle choices.
But then again many of the controversial peace choices did something positive, even though one may argue that they did more for the cause of war than for the cause of peace during their lifetimes. Obama however has done absolutely nothing. He simply has not had the time.
So what explains this award? Irrational exuberance? Europe unambiguously sending the message “We expressed our disapproval for Bush’s policies by refusing Obama , when he was wearing his “the representative of the US” hat, the Olympics. We now express our total devotion to Obama, the man, by giving him a Peace Prize?” An attempt to mend bridges with the US after the uneasiness over the last few years? Was Celina Jetley, the courageous crusader for LGBT rights and lower necklines, and Yash Chopra, the greatest proponent of “romantic lovey dovey for all” the only other nominees on the shortlist?
We may only conjecture. But there is no doubt that an award like this to Obama, right when he is in a battle internally over his healthcare bill drawing flack from the Left and the Right, just provides his critics with one more “Haha total snake-oil salesman” stick and sets him up even more spectacularly to fail on the world as well as on the domestic stage.
Plus it demeans the achievements of the genuine few who deserve the award like Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, though some may point out with good reason that the Nobel Peace Prize has been a travesty for long.
Well in that case, we can say is that this then has been the final nail in the coffin of the credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Filmfare Awards now have competition.