Yesterday, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded, and soon the one in Physics should be announced. That reminded me that the last one awarded every year is the Peace Prize, and I started thinking about who might be so honored this year.
The winners, I've noticed, tend to fall into three categories: the obscure, the wildly inappropriate, and the politically correct. (I call them the "Who?," "WHAT?!?!," and the "Shoulda seen that one coming" categories.) I've had a hard time taking the Peace Prize too seriously ever since I saw that the honor roll contains such luminaries as Henry Kissinger, Yassir Arafat, Jimmy Carter, and a whole host of United Nations bureaucrats and bureaucracies, including the office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, United Nations Peacekeepers, and in 2001, the whole United Nations and Secretary General Kofi Annan in particular.
Instead of getting worked up about this yet again, I thought I'd have a little fun with it instead. Why not try and predict who will get it this year? I have a few nominees I'll toss out, and invite you folks to critique my choices or make your own.
Abu Moussab Al-Qarqawi, former leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq: For greatly contributing to world peace by dying earlier this year. (Disqualfiied, as recipients must be alive at least long enough to be nominated.)
Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah: For allowing the settlement of the fighting between Hezbollah and Israel in southern Lebanon.
Cindy Sheehan, "Peace Mom"/Mama Moonbat: For her continued efforts to promote peace and understanding, most recently by repeatedly stating publicly her fantasy to go back in time and murder the infant George W. Bush.
George W. Bush, president of the United States: For his efforts to free millions of Muslims from brutal, repressive tyrannies.
Kim Jong-Il, dictator of North Korea: For helping such historical rivals as China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and numerous other nations a reason to look past their animosities and cooperate.
Mohammed Bouyeri, murderer of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh: For his efforts in fighting criticism of Islam, sending a message to those who dislike the faith to keep their silence, instead of foolishly and recklessly provoking Muslims much like the Danish cartoonists who dared make depictions of Mohammed.
OK, that's my list. Who do you think ought to be honored this year?