Super. Bradley Manning for the (wait for it…) Nobel Peace Prize

posted at 12:10 pm on February 8, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Some stories are simply too good to pass up, and this has to be one of them. We’ve had more than a few discussions of the seemingly out of touch people who decide on the nominations for certain Nobel Prize nominations and awards. (I say some because there are a few of the science and engineering related ones which still go to worthy candidates at times and help fund research.) But the Nobel Peace Prize has really gotten something of a rotting fish reputation over the last decade or two. And if one activist in Iceland has anything to say about it, that won’t be changing any time soon.

On Saturday, Icelandic member of parliament Birgitta Jónsdóttir posted a nomination letter on her blog on behalf of the three-member parliamentary group The Movement, proposing suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning as a candidate for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Nobel Peace Prize nominations can be submitted by any member of a national assembly, among others.

The Icelandic parliamentarian has been a vocal supporter of WikiLeaks since it leaked the “Collateral Murder” video of a 2007 Baghdad strike by U.S. forces that killed at least a dozen unarmed civilians, including two Reuters reporters, which is widely believed to have been acquired and sent to WikiLeaks by Manning himself…

We have the great honor of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings. These revelations have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the occupation in Iraq.

The entire idea of Birgitta Jónsdóttir nominating Manning would be chock full of irony on its own merit, but when we take into account the specific reasons she gives for his meritorious nature, it simply becomes laugh-out-loud funny. Let’s stop and consider this for a moment. She is asking the organization to award the prize to Manning based on the fact that he exposed not only “war crimes” taking place in Iraq, but on his heroic suffering as he remains “incarcerated for well over a year by the U.S. government without a trial.” She goes on to describe his treatment as having been, “criticized as torturous.”

Well.. that just sounds awful. I wonder who is responsible for that horrible treatment? Oh wait… isn’t it your 2009 winner of the same prize? Honestly, lady… do you even read the things you write before you publish them?


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I’m surprised they never awarded the Peace prize to Jullian and Ethel Rosenberg…posthumously

Bevan on February 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

As it has nothing to do with peace, can we give it a new name?

I’ve been working, and I think I have one that is proper, descriptive, and functional.

The Far-left Award for International Liberalism. I nominate Private Bradley Manning for the esteemed and prestigious FAIL.

And as most people call them an ATM Machine and a PIN Number we can call it the FAIL Award…

What can I say? He deserves it.

gekkobear on February 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings.

If we are imperialists, then we are really lousy at it. We keep spending huge amounts of blood and treasure, and asking nothing in return.

John the Libertarian on February 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Do we get to shoot him before or after? They still award the prize posthumously.

Boats48 on February 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

If we are imperialists, then we are really lousy at it. We keep spending huge amounts of blood and treasure, and asking nothing in return.

John the Libertarian on February 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Seriously, then at least we would have something to show for our efforts.

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I want to nominate Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in US military history for the Nobel Peace Prize. He’s done a lot more for world peace than Manning ever did. Who’s with me?

KillerKane on February 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Considering that he managed to pacify over 250 warlike heathens, he’s got my vote.

Solaratov on February 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I guess the only qualification for winning a Nobel Peace Prize is performing an act of treason. That is how Obama got his.

Shiny_Tiara on February 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/nobel-peace-prize-jury-under-investigation-152500580.html

Nobel peace prize jury under investigation

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize officials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama, as the nomination deadline for the 2012 awards closed Wednesday.

The investigation comes after persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations.

If the Stockholm County Administrative Board, which supervises foundations in Sweden’s capital, finds that prize founder Alfred Nobel’s will is not being honored, it has the authority to suspend award decisions going back three years — though that would be unlikely and unprecedented, said Mikael Wiman, a legal expert working for the county.

galtg on February 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Using her own words…

These revelations have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia.

They keep using this word, “Peace”.

I do not think it means what they think it means.

connertown on February 8, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Nice to read that the late author Hitchens in “Hitch-22″ thought the Nobel Prize a load of crap as well. Say what you will about Hitchens but I miss him.

Sherman1864 on February 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I don’t think I have ever met a true Nihilist. Everyone I have encountered has always been alive.. I mean for them, why?
Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Dude, it’s still early in the day.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Promises. Promises.

Solaratov on February 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Who’s surprised? This ceased being the “Peace Prize” long ago. It’s the International Award for Anti-American Action.
Literally all you have to do for a nomination is tell the world how horrible we are for all the money we give to foreign aid. For consistently and thanklessly taking bullets meant for Kurds, Jews, All of Western Europe, Somalis, Kuwaitis, Afghanis, Iraqis, Britons, Koreans and Vietnamese, to name a few. For backing the world’s currencies, and being the go-to guys when the next thing goes wrong…

Why, we must be monsters. /s

Screw the Nobel Jury, and use chalk… Their approval means zero.

PXCharon on February 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM

How about doubling down on stupid and let Barack have it again.

buckeyerich on February 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I don’t see why not… can you really out-preposterous giving it to BHO for getting elected president?

After that, this is just par for the course. I’m actually surprised they didn’t just give it to Cpt B+ for life.

Dirty Creature on February 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

If elected President there’d be a whole lot fewer countries with MFN by the end of my first day in office.

JEM on February 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Why are you all hating on people from the land which has contributed so greatly to the world today. I mean Bjork for example, and well, Bjork as another example. At least she has three followers /sacr off

PatriotPete on February 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Bradley manning shuld be shot as a trader. As fare as Nobel goes now anyone who is antiamerican is a candidate. So this is not surprising.

huskerthom on February 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

These people lost all credibility when they gave the prize to Arafat. They became a complete joke when they gave it to Obama based on one accomplishment…fooling 66 million americans into voting for him. Go ahead and give it to Manning. Nobody takes it seriously anymore.

Tomolena1 on February 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

It must be a prerequisite that you must be a totally whacked out liberal nutjob who is incapable of the truth to win the Nobel Peace Prize. That explains Carter, Gore and Obama winning, but not sure how Arafat was selected. Maybe his hatred for the United States and our values counted as that is a tie that binds this gang of eunuchs too.

volsense on February 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The amusing part of it is…if the Russian Airborne were para-dropping onto Icelandic soil in a replay of their visit of Afghanistan circa 1979 happens?

Who do you think their first phone call will be to? The U.N, but they’ll either get a busy signal or some member of a Third World backwater will say “We’ll get back in touch with you”.

The second call will be to the US.

I say, leave the answer machine and tell ‘em to brush up on their Lenin, the ungrateful meat sacks.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM

This award needs to be renamed. How about the Nobel Putz Prize, considering some of the clowns who have won it?

If this wasn’t such a travesty of all that is common and decent, it would be funny.

jazzuscounty on February 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

RebeccaH on February 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

As Rick Perry says, oops.

jazzuscounty on February 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You can tell Birgitta Jónsdóttir that she is an idiot

Here

Here

and Here.

Funny that Manning is being nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize as he is being held in confinement by the 2009 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

V7_Sport on February 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Yay.

Be a crappy soldier, get a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

It’s funny because he didn’t do it because he was interested in “transparency” or truth to power and the speaking thereof, he did it because he was angry about the treatment of gays in the military (that they’re allowed to join? Who the hell knows), had a known attitude problem, and lashed out in the worst possible way.

mintycrys on February 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Anyone can nominate anyone for the Nobel Peace Prize. Manning can keep company with the bums who win this prize nowadays, although none of them have contributed to peace – quite the opposite.

disa on February 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Click to view the mutt.

moochy on February 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I agree with the overall sentiment that we should support his nomination only because its consistent with other past recipients/nominees. People who are paying attention know the award is a joke. The power of the Nobel brand cant last forever. Id imagine there’s a lot of overlap between “people who take the Nobel Peace Prize seriously” and that 10% that still thinks congress is doing a great job.

antoine86ny on February 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Ron Paul agrees with this, afterall he said Manning was a “hero” and a “Patriot”

jp on February 8, 2012 at 6:54 PM

A worthless prize for a worthless human being. What could be more appropriate?

hachiban on February 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Dunno. Doesn’t matter. Plus, who are you to define it as a wallet, anyway?

TexasDan on February 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If you don’t visit the old threads, you miss the good lines.

Pretty good come-back.

hawkdriver on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

What, are we gonna take the NPP and LESS seriously? Not likely.

My worst day would be the one I got nominated for it.

runawayyyy on February 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM

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