German Flagship Daily ‘Die Welt’ Ranks Gore/Pachauri Among “Worst Nobel Peace Prize Choices” Ever!

The Nobel Peace Prize Committee is (in)famous for its controversial choices when selecting the winner of the prestigious prize. Many among us recall how the Oslo-based Committee once awarded the Prize to PLO leader and terrorist Yasser Arafat.

“One Peace Prize winner bombs another”

Today German online flagship daily ‘Die Welt’ presents an article about the worst choices made by the Committee. For example mong them they select US President Barack Obama, who was given the award in 2009. Die Welt writes:

“…when one Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Barack Obama, 2009) bombs another (Doctors Without Borders, 1999) in Afghanistan, thus killing dozens of people, then doubt is warranted over whether the Prize really delivers what it promises.”

Surely one has to wonder if amid the Middle East chaos Obama has really acted in the Prize’s original spirit: “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

Die Welt presents its list of laureates to whom they feel the award was a blunder. Here are the top 5:

1. Henry Kissinger
2. Yasser Arafat
3. Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri
4. Wangari Maathai
5. Barack Obama

Gore and Pachauri come in third. Die Welt writes that the selection of former vice president Gore had little to do with promoting ‘fraternity among nations’. Moreover the Die Welt adds:

Since then Gore’s climate-political engagement has diminished markedly, as well as that of then IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri, who was sharply criticized because he used dubious data to promote doomsday scenarios such as predictions of the destruction of the Netherlands or the desertification of the Amazon rainforest.

Probably to avoid going over the top with its criticism, Die Welt remained diplomatic and elected not bring up the now disgraced former IPCC chairman Pachauri’s sexual harassment affair and crony green energy deals.

Also the once wildly popular Barack Obama has lost his shine in Europe. Die Welt placed the current US president at number 5 on the list of Worst Peace Prize decisions, and as the turmoil in the Middle East spirals and race-baited tensions simmer in the US, he may eventually reach the top of the list before his presidency ends.

Die Welt summarizes:

Looking at the decisions over the past years, one could get the impression that the Nobel Peace Prize has turned into one for democracy, environmental protection and women’s rights. No doubt these are honorable targets, but they are not in the spirit of Alfred Nobel. What is probably the greatest scandal in history of the Nobel Peace Prize is that Indian peace activist Mahatma Gandhi never received it.”

No surprise here. Unfortunately the committee in Oslo is all too often caught up in political correctness and flippant activism, and so do not make the right choices. Lately that has been all too frequent.


10 responses to “German Flagship Daily ‘Die Welt’ Ranks Gore/Pachauri Among “Worst Nobel Peace Prize Choices” Ever!”

  1. Mervyn

    At least Al Gore did something that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee thought was worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, whether we agreed with Gore or not. But Obama had done nothing that justified a Nobel Peace Prize… absolutely nothing! Even Obama was taken by surprise, although he was not man enough to tell the Committee “Thank you, but no thank you. I haven’t done anything to deserve such a prestigious award.”

    I am still waiting for someone to explain what Obama did to earn a Nobel Peace Prize. And that is why I think Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize should be ranked the number one blunder.

  2. Manicbeancounter

    When Yassar Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize it was jointly with the Isreali leaders Shimon Peres and Yitkzak Rabin. It was basically a way of reinforcing former enemies or opponents. In Northern Ireland, the moderates John Hume and David Trimble got peace prizes, leaving out the more extreme Jerry Adams and Ian Paisley.
    For Gore and UNIPCC it was two allies on the same side. Gore, instead of winning the argument on a level playing field has promoted prejudice and discrimination to crush the opposition. In conflicts where peace is desired a prerequisite is for each party to recognize that opponents have a point of view and values that are different to your own. Arafat moved towards peace by at least stopping proclaiming that it was either Palestine or Israel. The climate alarmists never recognize that there might be a legitimate opposing view, either in the “science” or policy or in moral views.

  3. DirkH

    “What is probably the greatest scandal in history of the Nobel Peace Prize is that Indian peace activist Mahatma Gandhi never received it.”

    Well no surprise there, WELT writers only know their brainwashing. Gandhi about guns: “”Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” – Mahatma Gandhi”

    Yeah I know thousands of brainwashed blogs scream, no that’s taken out of context, I would tell those to look into Gandhi’s earlier occupation in South Africa for the Brits, crushing uprisings.

  4. Curious George

    One Peace Prize winner bombs another.Nothing new. Yasser Arafat opened that road.

  5. John F. Hultquist

    See: “for the abolition or reduction of standing armies

    Maybe Barack Obama has read the part above.

  6. Gary Hall

    Pres George W Bush should have received one for his historic humanitarian effort – PEPFAR. Perhaps millions of lives have been saved so far, millions more HIV infections have been prevented, and millions of those suffering with the disease have had their life improved because of the medicines made available. His program came in on time, on budget and exceed expectations. He also did wonders to fight malaria.

    As Sir Elton John said at the 2012 International Aids Conference in Washington DC (Obama being the first leader of a host nation refusing to attend):

    “We’ve seen George W. Bush and conservative American politicians
    pledge tens of billions to save the lives of Africans with HIV. Think of
    all the love. Think of where we’d be without it, nowhere, that’s where.
    We’d be nowhere at all.
    “Thanks to all this compassion, thanks to all this love, more than 8
    million people are on treatment. Thanks to people who have chosen to
    care and to act, we can see an end to this epidemic on the horizon.”

    Spread the word about a great and selfless man.

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  8. BikerDad

    What’s their basis for bashing Kissinger?

  9. Tony Thomas

    There’s a big stuffup by Die Welt. Pachauri never received a Nobel Peace Prize, he merely accepted it on behalf of the IPCC which did win (half a) Prize.
    The IPCC has officially ordered that no individuals can claim credit for the half-Prize, only say they contributed to the IPCC, which won that half-Prize.

  10. hunter

    Winning hands down is the current President.

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