Does Vladimir Putin’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination make US look bad?

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Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. No really, he has!

The Russian advocacy group International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World is the organization that put Putin’s name in for the nomination.

The group cited Putin’s intervention into the conflict between the U. S. and Syria in which they said he brokered the deal where Assad would turn over his chemical weapons arsenal to international authorities.

The organization made no mention of the fact that U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry made the initial suggestion. Even though Kerry wasn’t being serious at the time, it turned out to be a pretty workable idea.

The organization, which is recognized by the Nobel Committee as a nominating source, said in part:

“Being the leader of one of the leading nations of the world, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin makes efforts to maintain peace and tranquility not only on the territory of his own country but also actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet,” the New York Times reported.

Isn’t this like nominating an arsonist for an award for reporting the fire he started?

Putin has been Assad’s biggest supporter and has been supplying him with weaponry throughout the civil war in Syria. He also has been one of the world’s most successful despots with his Stalin-like tactics in Chechnya and his war against Georgia to name just a few of his more successful despotic activities.

While Putin actually winning the Nobel Peace Prize seems to be a long shot, let us remember that this is the organization that gave the very same time-honored award to Barack Obama – for what? Being born, I guess.

To most logical people, there is only one clear choice for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and that is Malala Yousafzai. She is the 16-year-old Pakistani education activist who was shot by the Taliban last year. Not only did she survive the assassination attempt, less than a year after she was shot, she bravely continued her efforts in support of women’s education all through the Middle East.

There will never be peace in the Middle East without education. There will never be peace in any part of the globe where women are treated as second-class citizens.

Malala Yousafzai is the bravest and most important voice for that cause in the world today.

 

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