September 26, 2003
Sharkansky Peace Prize Nominations
The winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced two weeks from today, Friday, October 10 at 11am Oslo time.
While the Nobel Peace Prize Committee occasionally makes an inspired choice (Lech Walesa and Elie Wiesel come to mind), the Committee typically favors those who promote not peace, but appeasement, unilateral disarmament and apologia for tyranny ( Yassir Arafat, The United Nations and Viscount Cecil of Chelwood come to mind)
As an answer to the hilarious award of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize to Jimmy Carter, I devised the Sharkansky Peace Prize. Unlike the Nobel Prize, the Sharkansky Peace Prize recognizes those who have made tangible contributions to preserve peace, maintain the national security of democracies, and extend human rights, whether through non-violent means or through the appropriate application of military force. For example, last year's co-winners were Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice, for the liberation of Afghanistan and realignment of US national security priorities. I also awarded the Prize retroactively for many of the years in the 20th century, see the table
I will award the 2003 Sharkansky Peace Prize on October 10 after the Nobel Committee announces their prize. Please help me by nominating your favorite peacemaker [post a comment]. Who will it be -- George W. Bush? Tommy Franks? Ariel Sharon? Jacques Chirac? Janeane Garofalo? You nominate, I decide.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 26, 2003 07:00 AM
My nominess are a generic one:
The IDF Apache pilots and undercover units who kill Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Aqsa Brigades, etc.
it's gotta wolfowitz. he was warning us about saddam since, what, the 1970s? sure, the armed forces fought the war, and bush is the commander-in-chief, but he drove the concept.
every prediction he's ever made has come true
Oriana Fallcio - that old Italian bag who tells it like it is.
Because he is brave enough to stand up to the Islamofascist thugs in America (CAIR), because his scholarship and hard work have earned him a standing that allows him to actually have some influence on the powers that be, and because he has a workable, morally defensible plan of action (support moderate, secular, and anti-Islamist Muslims; fight without compromise Islamofascist fanatics).
President Jeb Bartlet for his liberation of the Qumari people.
The US military, for getting rid of two countries worth of terrorist and thugs.
Ismail abu Shanab
For getting himself iced.
I think it's more fun wondering what the Nobel Peace Prize shortlist is. My guesses:-
Jacques Chirac ('Leading the UN against war + Ivory Coast intervention')
Gerhard Shroeder ('UN + maintaining peace in Afghanistan')
The Dixie Chicks ('Speaking out against war')
BBC ('Promoting peace')
The UN guy who was blown up in Baghdad, although I'm not sure if the award can be posthumous.
Charles Taylor ('Peaceful resolution of Liberian war')
OK maybe not the Dixie Chicks.
The guy who drove the bulldozer that ran over Rachel Corrie.
How about the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdish Democratic Party?
Mother Teresa for her work with the poorest of the poor.
I nominate the team who designed the strap-on GSM guidance systems for JDAMs. Bringing peace to the world, one bunch of incinerated Islamofascists at a time.
I was going to say Bush, but then I saw that nomination for Wolfowitz ... pretty good choice.
I already nominated two candidates -- former mutual combatants and avowed arch-enemies, Glenn Reynolds and Frank J. Fleming. By daring to wage peace in the middle of war, these brave, selfless heroes are the REAL champions of peace in our time.
So far, not a word from the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.
The Road to Peace is never easy.
John Howard, who kept the Aussie record of support against tyranny perfect despite a feminized populace.
I nominate those good old dependable Israeli "art students." You know, these guys:
It's a good thing they were watching those hijackers and TOLD us about them. Oh, wait -- they didn't tell us, did they? Oh well, I'm sure they're really really peaceful anyways. Don't you?
john ritter...for...oh hell, the problem child movies
I would like to nominate the Israeli bulldozer driver, who accidentlly or otherwise rid the world of a potential trouble maker.
Saddam Hussein. By repressing all of those Iraqies, Baghdad was an awfully peaceful place. Take the boot of their neck, and look what you get.
Ami Ayalon (former head of Israel's General Security Service -- parallel to the FBI) and Sari Nusseibeh (professor of philosophy and president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem), for proposing a pragmatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. See http://www.mifkad.org.il/eng/default.asp.
The average Israeli citzen.
For refusing to give up in the face of the worst wave of terror Earth has ever seen.
By the way, I think this prize should be called "The Sharky" -- the Sharkies are kinda like the Emmies, except less political correctness on stage!
A more serious nomination: Mogen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, for heroism in response to terrorist attacks in Israel, and for helping everyone regardless of nationality or religion.
Wolfowitz is an amazing man of peace: did you see the CSPAN interview with Goldberg? His patience with these little Nazis who came up to defend Saddam's regime and disrupt the lecture... he has put up with so much crap from pro-tyranny hypocrites it's a wonder he wants to stay in the public eye.
"To be pacifist is to be objectively pro-Fascist."-- George Orwell
President Bush, for sending thousands of terrorists to meet Allah before they took innocent civilians with them.
Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller. It's an odd choice, I know. Here's my reasoning:
Poland was the only Continental country to devote combat forces to the Iraq War (almost their entire GROM SpecOps contingent, an immense and supremely risky investment). Miller is the only head of government to have enjoyed dinner at the White House last year, incidentally. The Poles were America's earliest and most steadfast Continental ally, and only Great Britain devoted a greater proportion of its armed forces to the conflict. Their inclusion in the Coalition also ensured the support of others of the Vilnus Group, thereby guaranteeing diplomatic "encirclement" of the Central European Duo during the crisis. The pressure from Franco-German forces in Brussels was tremendous (think of Chiraq's infuriated and astonishingly impolitic outburst about the Eastern Europeans missing "a good opportunity to be quiet"), and it's not clear yet that Poland isn't going to pay dearly for their "presumption."
Soon thereafter, the U.S. DoD approved the sale of about thirty F-16's to Poland, effectively extending the boundaries of a free and secure Europe. By committing Poland to close bilateral relations with America, Miller put Russia and the EU on notice that Eastern Europe would not submit to satellite status any time soon. I can think of nothing more conducive to a stable and peaceful European continent than a strong, secure, and democratic Poland working in concert with its allies in America, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the Baltics.
Miller is my man.
Natan Sharansky - Israeli MP. Sharansky is the definition of a modern human rights campaigner. He stood up to the Soviets and suffered in the gulag for many years. His vision of freedom was eventually vindicated. Today, Sharansky is the foremost proponent of Palestinian democracy as the path to solve the Israel-Arab conflict. (Or should I say the Jewish-Islamic conflict) Sharansky believes that peace will not come to the Mideast until the Arabs adopt real democracy. He was against Oslo because it didn't require true democratization as a precondition of statehood.
Just take the "k" out of Sharkansky and you've got your prize winner.
If it's limited to contributions to peace this year, (Jul-02 to Jun-03?) then I don't think there can be any question that it must go to Bush. For all his faults.
me...because I believe in a peaceful world. :)
Tommy Franks. His brilliance in the Iraq campaign saved countless lives compared to what would have happened had someone else flubbed it.
Leaving the ships for 4ID in turkey after their 'no' so as to mis-direct everyone into thinking attack would come later than it did, the liberal use of cash in the south to get entire Iraqi units to sit it out on the Iranian border (and cover the Iraqi backside regardless of who won, masterful!)
Certainly the lowest number of deaths per combat troops total on both sides in history for any conflict it's size or several orders of magnitude smaller.
He achieved surprise "when we couldn't" and saved MANY lives on all sides.
Oh and gave us permanent strategic bases smack in the middle of that swamp, which is the only way to drain it (which of course is OBVIOUSLY the actual point of the entire war. If you doubt me, look at a map, one with the rivers on it :-)
Franks is it in my book.
General Tommy Franks. No doubt about it.
What about the US navy, for preventing any major naval conflicts since 1945? Free trade and travel depends on having the shipping lanes open. This is something that is so taken for granted that people forget that this is guaranteed by the overwhelming firepower of the US navy.
If you don't award it for this year, you should award it retrospectively for previous years.
I have already nominated Natan Sharansky. But I am making a second nomination. The Cuban human rights dissidents who were sentenced to prison for advocating free speech, free press and the right to vote. Most will die in prison since they are mostly middle aged and have been sentenced up to 30 years.
Sharansky and the Cuban activists both put their personal lives and the welfare of their families on the line to challenge communist dictatorships.
To the U.S. troops serving in Iraq. Not for the fighting (although they of course did a superlative job in winning the war quickly and efficiently), but for their ongoing, difficult, and painstaking efforts to bring security and stability to Iraq and to help Iraqis build a better, and more peaceful society.
Another plug for Miller (see my comment above):
From where did the troops originate who recently nabbed an illegal cache of French anti-aircraft rockets?
That's right. Poland.
Bish and I nominate George W. Bush.
I'd nominate the Peace prize to all Israeli terror vicitms. Afterall their victimization was sponsored and made possible by a former Nobel Peace Prize winner.
George W Bush...for having the testicular fortitude to take it to the scum islamists and kill them before they kill us
I nominate the Iranian author who was imprisoned for his political views.
I would also nominate Tony Blair because he risked the most (and his popularity has crashed) by supporting the removal of Saddam.
Good point Jen.. It just dawned on me that the chief surgeon who was murdered in the cafe bombing is an outstanding candidate. He dedicated his life to healing Israelis and Palestinians.
It won't make the cut-off for this year, but next year I think a strong favorite will have to be Yasser Arafat's stomach cancer.
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BWahahah ! Thats a classic. Oh please give a peace prize to Arafats stomach cancer !