The Nobel Peace Prize has become increasingly farcical.
In recent decades, the prize has gone to Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who created Europe and central Asia’s largest refugee crisis since the 1940s.
It has gone to the war-hawk Barack Obama and was awarded to him just moments after he wiped his feet by the White House door.
At the time many said that ‘not being George W. Bush’ was enough to qualify one for the prize. I had a feeling the bar should have been set somewhat higher.
In 2012 the European Union collectively won the award. This is the same European Union whose leaders have lit a match to gunpowder in Kiev. Someone call for a Nobexit!
This year one of the nominees were the White Helmets, a comfortably funded group of non-Syrians who act as Al-Qaeda’s national health service.
Others have noticed the flagrant hypocrisy of the prize and one country has created its own rival prize.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has created the Hugo Chavez Prize For Peace and Sovereignty.
If one was to erroneously think that this new prize would have similar criteria to its older counterpart, one could imagine the following nominees:
–Petro Poroshenko for restoring liberty to fascist killers.
–Hillary Clinton for her tireless efforts to help Islamic terrorists to turn Libya into a failed state.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for being the only person in the world to beat Hillary Clinton in the ‘let’s declare war on everything’ marathon.
–King Salman of Saudi Arabia for his export of Wahhabi terrorists to parts of the Middle East where women do not enjoy the privilege of being uneducated, deprived of basic civil rights, stoned to death and beheaded.
But no, it would seem that President Maduro’s prize is a bit more thoughtful.
Its first recipient has been Vladimir Putin and it is well deserved.
Many people are guilty of confusing the concepts of support for peace with pacifism.
Pacifism is an absolute refusal to take up arms, including in just battles and in self-defence.
Support for peace means avoiding war at all costs whilst having the calm nerve to fight necessary battles against aggressors whenever they might arise.
Putin is an exemplar of those who support peace in an age of war and terrorism.
As in the past Russia is surrounded on all sides by hostile powers. They are provoking Russia on a daily basis. However President Putin answers with stern yet measured responses, not with hysteria or war.
When the former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili attempted to ethnically cleanse the people of South Ossetia, Putin defended them swiftly, without extracting vengeance on Tbilisi, which many others would have done without thinking twice.
Many ask why President Putin hasn’t sent troops into Donbass? It is because in the long term he seeks peace with a fraternal people, and seeks to de-escalate a war which has been started by fascist elements in Kiev. He refuses to risk adding fuel to the conflict even though his troops would win easily.
Under Putin Russia stayed out of the conflicts in the Middle East for as long as possible. However when President Assad pleaded for aid in a just struggle against the most barbaric terrorists that the world has known Russia obliged, and the citizens of Syria are thanking him even though the Western media never shows this.
Putin continues to call for the world to unite against Islamic terrorism and to put aside their differences over matters which do not affect international security.
For all of this Putin is a highly deserving candidate for any peace prize.
It remains to be seen who wins the Hugo Chavez Peace Prize in future years and whether they will be deserving or not. But so far so fair.
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