Nobel Peace Prize is nothing if not a J-O-K-E.

As prestigious as it is Nobel Peace Prize is nothing if not a J-O-K-E.

I want Myanmar President Thein Sein to receive the prestigious joke this Friday, if only to make the joke even more laughable.

"Prestige" remains an exclusive vocabulary of the most indoctrinated captive minds.

The media and the 'educated' masses will wag their Pavlovian tails this Friday when the 5-men/women who consider themselves qualified to judge what and whose behavior will be deemed 'Nobel'.

The famous song writer Tom Leher was scathing when he wrote: “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Five Norwegians, themselves evidently NOT Nobel-worthy, picking an annual winner, not just this year's but every year, is like horse-cart drivers in my old Mandalay of 1970's trying to pick which NASA astronaut did the best lunar landing!

Anyone who knows anything about global politics - not the fantasies you read in International Relations-101 and Intro to Poli Sci, but the real dark matters that escape the academic gaze - and who remains committed to the fierceless spirit of inquiry knows Nobel Peace Prize has long become a J-O-K-E!

The world's peasants don't give a shit about it, nor do the workers, if they have ever heard of it.  That's the bulk of the humans on the planet.

The idea of 5-Norwegians, who have not been Nobels themselves, picking 1 man or woman or bureaucracy to be annual Nobel-worthy, I find deeply anti-thought and absurd in the extreme.

Imagine horse-cart drivers trying to evaluate which astronaut performs best in the orbit.

As with the patron-saint of Global Peace, that is, Alfred Nobel himself, here is the formula for formulating prestige:  invent TNT and amassed a fortune selling munition to war-mongers, and then leave a few pennies earmarked in your will for advancing peace for humanity.

Bingo! You are a peace visionary, a humanist, got a ticket to Heaven straight from your coffin!

Not so fast!

Here is Norman Solomon, at his biting best. He is the author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State“.


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