By Alan Caruba
Well, it’s official. The Nobel Peace Prize now is being awarded for the Biggest Liar of the Year. Naturally, Al Gore took top honors.
The former Vice President received his award primarily for a documentary that cannot be shown in the schools of Great Britain without giving students a warning that it is filled with errors and deliberately false claims.
“An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar for documentaries in the last Hollywood festival that brings together over-paid actors, directors, and others who hate America and see film as a means of attacking foreign and domestic policies far beyond their comprehension.
Previous winners of a prize that was supposed to be given only to people who actually furthered peace in the interest of mankind included Yassir Arafat who rejected any peace agreement offered by the Israelis and rewarded their efforts with years of terrorism. His legacy has been taken up by Hamas, Hezbollah and their sponsor nation, Iran.
I fully expect to see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, receive the award next year for his denunciation of the Holocaust and his demand that Israel be “wiped off the map.”
He would join the ranks of prize-winners like Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, who heard nothing and saw nothing while Saddam Hussein turned the UN Food for Oil program into a huge bribery scheme to rip off millions for himself, his sons, and his cronies when not engaged in the mass murder of Iraqis. The list of UN failures under Annan’s administration is too long to discuss here, but they did include the massacres in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
It isn’t the first time the Nobel Prize committee paid honor to a liar. There was Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan who had penned a book filled with lies about the oppression of that nation’s Indian population that included the assertion that her brother had been killed by government agents when, in fact, he was alive and living nearby her at the time.
Except for the $1.5 million in prize money, the Nobel Peace Prize is utterly bereft of any value anymore. Of course, the money will help pay the enormous energy bill that Gore pays for the maintenance of his home in Tennessee and for the cost of the gasoline and jet fuel needed for his chauffeured limousines and private jets.
The Nobel Peace Prize has become more than just a bad joke. It is an obscenity and an offense to the memory and intent of Alfred Nobel.