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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Bradley and Obama. Why not?

they lie on February 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Oh yeah, that prize has so much prestige./

JimboHoffa on February 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Birds of a feather…

missouriyankee on February 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

They have such a history of awarding only the best and brightest.
/s

D-fusit on February 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Manning’s actions are directly responsible for war, death, suffering, and probable Sharia governments in Egypt and Libya.

The Nobel Peace Prize couldn’t mean less if it was made of plastic.

fiatboomer on February 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I propose a new name for the prize: The Nobel Stink Prize. Even three-day-old fish would be revolted by the smell.

RebeccaH on February 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Russia Times interveiwed Birgitta Jónsdóttir

http://youtu.be/unG3LACq3F0

William Amos on February 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I thought the whole exposing informants to a permanent case of death would kinda preclude him, guess not. Or maybe its just Icelanders don’t view Muslims as people so it didn’t matter.

Zaggs on February 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Sigh, used to be, the Vikings were taken seriously.

cozmo on February 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

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?

BOOM-Good one Jazz!

Les in NC on February 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Maybe Barry can have a beer summit with young Bradley prior to him being lined up against the wall and shot.

Bradley I mean. For treason.

I know that’s difficult to untangle.

NoDonkey on February 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

He can display it on the commode of his cell until we HANG him.

JimboHoffa on February 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I see a Vice Presidential candidate to replace Biden in Pvt. Manning’s future.

He’s not old enough yet but when have rules ever stopped the Obama “administration”?

NoDonkey on February 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The Nobel Peace Prize is about a lucrative as dog dung on a hot sidewalk . . . and something that this disgusting pile of protoplasm richly deserves.

rplat on February 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Irony oh sweet irony.

Peace prize

Bunsin2 on February 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Oh wow, and a whack job to boot! This is one of her tweets: “i can however not travel to USA by advice from Iceland foreign ministry”. Pretty sure we still let whack jobs in of every sort, see M.I.A.

Zaggs on February 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

That Nobel prize has been so tainted by idiots like her, it’s a wonder if anyone really deserving of it in the future would even accept it.

Now that would be something. “Take your WORTHLESS prize and SIT ON IT!”

GarandFan on February 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Reason number 18,573 why we should just let the Russians have Europe. Dumb bints like this Butthedsdottir probably think they’d end up as capos under a Russian puppet regime.

Newsflash–the Soviet Union is no more, and unless you are willing to worship at the altar of Vladimir Putin, you will be put up against the wall.

Sekhmet on February 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I heard OWS, the New Black Panthers and Timothy McVeigh were on their short list!

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Piece Prize.

Del Dolemonte on February 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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…

The unedited video clearly showed the “unamred” civilians as being armed with an RPG. Now why were roto router reporters hanging out with “ARMED” terrorists? hmmmmm? Looking to score another American snuff film is my guess. I am glad the terrorists AND the reporters are dead. This saved American lives. Perhaps even Americans I know personally.

This unarmed lie keeps getting trotted out and goes unchallenged. Enough already.

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Can the prize be awarded during a lockdown?

Might be worth it just to see all of this powdered wig euro elitists get a good frisking and strip search from an Army Sergeant.

NoDonkey on February 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

This makes the jugeared Jar-Jar look even more ridiculous for accepting the Nobel Prize for not being named Bush doesn’t it?

wildcat72 on February 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Oh, and Manning needs to die in a fire!

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I propose a new name for the prize: The Nobel Stink Prize. Even three-day-old fish would be revolted by the smell.

RebeccaH on February 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Got Lutefisk?

Del Dolemonte on February 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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?

Jazz, you are so simple minded…just take the prize from Obama and give it to Bradley…

right2bright on February 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

A Nobel Peace Prize for Manning? Why not, they regularly give the prize to enemies of the USA. How do you think Obama got his?

TXUS on February 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

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.

Why not? Obama got one.

Everyone knows that the Nobel is just a liberal beauty contest. Any self-respecting statesperson would recoil at the idea of winning one of these jokes.

jaime on February 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’m sure Yasser Arafat and Le Duc Tho are turning in their graves.

cartooner on February 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

He’s a shoo in!

yubley on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Name one populace, I triple dare you, which is free, or freer, due to Obama.

When you can, the Nobel prize begins its redemption.

Schadenfreude on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Oh wow, and a whack job to boot! This is one of her tweets: “i can however not travel to USA by advice from Iceland foreign ministry”.

Zaggs on February 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Yup because we imprison everyone we don’t like here. I mean everybody knows that the CIA replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a double and is really just using Iran to keep Bush in power. And don’t get me started on Hugo Chavez. Cancer treatments I don’t think so…

/tinfoil hat

Bunsin2 on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Oh, and Manning needs to die in a fire!

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Manning and ASSange need to be hung in public for TREASON.

If the Janet Napolitano can shut down websites “illegally” streaming NFL games why can’t she shut down Wikileaks?

wildcat72 on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

How about nominating a posthumous award for Vidkun Quisling – I’m sure the Norwegians will get behind that – he also tried to avert war.

GarandFan on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Hope he can spend all the prize money at the prison store before he is executed.

E. Kiefaber on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

If you listen to the interview of Birgitta Jónsdóttir and read the above letter, she’s very careful to say he’s only “accused”.

How in God’s good name do you nominate anyone for anything based on accusations? This is clearly an attempt to prejudice or influence the military proceeding.

hawkdriver on February 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Sounds like the natural move.

MeatHeadinCA on February 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I believe there are laws on the books that don’t allow convicted criminals to profit from their crimes. So if he got this award would the money be distributed to the families of his victim’s when their identities were exposed in multiple countries, involving multiple jurisdictions and nationals of multiple countries…..just sayin this would be an ambulance chasers dream to make a name for themselves internationally and the opposition to the socialist to blow this up into an international incident and make hey from now till the cows come home….I don’t think these people have figured out the negative PR downside to this proposition. I would love to see the depositions being made by Manning’s family’s victims especially the 3rd world victims of Muslim persuasion.

Dr Evil on February 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I say give it to him. It will further expose the organization as the intellectually bankrupt society that it is. I don’t take the award seriously anymore and so I don’t get upset over the next moron they award it too.

NotCoach on February 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The mere suggestion that the Arab Spring started because of Wikileaks makes my brain hurt.

Mahna Mahna on February 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Hope he can spend all the prize money at the prison store before he is executed.

E. Kiefaber on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I hear the prison commissary is quite nice. They even sell soap on a rope.

Bunsin2 on February 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Hope he can spend all the prize money at the prison store before he is executed.

E. Kiefaber on February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

When he’s convicted he should be executed before sunrise the next day.

wildcat72 on February 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Manning is a prisoner and he should not be wearing a cover.

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

….nor be eligible for a prize.

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I will say this. No one chooses the circumstance of their birth, their genetics, their environment, and so on.

So we can certainly try and sentence Manning for betraying us, and that’s fine. But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

Yes, we can kill him and probably should. But no one owes us anything, including to their parents. No one asks to be born.

Being born is often a massive tragedy anyway.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This story is worthy of a Three Stooges facepalm, where Moe slaps himself in the forehead and his hand slides down his face.

Norky on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The Nobel Committee must have overlooked Holder, et al involved in the Fast and Furious debacle. Maybe next year…

ghostwalker1 on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

In related news, the Nobel commitee has officially changed the name of the Peace Prize to the I Hate America Prize.

Flange on February 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Do recipients get a medal of some kind? If so, it would make a perfect aiming point for the firing squad.

swinia sutki on February 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

You really aren’t as intelligent or enlightened as you imagine yourself to be. I suppose tragedy is in the eye of the beholder. What explains the tragedy of you?

NotCoach on February 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM

…killed at least a dozen unarmed civilians, including two Reuters reporters..

Wait…what? The two “reporters” were traveling with an armed band of insurgents. They were probably hoping to get some good shots of the next US troops to be blown up. No sympathy for those two at all.

As for Manning and the Peace Prize, why not? He’d fit right in with a number of the recent recipients.

SoonerMarine on February 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I will say this. No one chooses the circumstance of their birth, their genetics, their environment, and so on.

So we can certainly try and sentence Manning for betraying us, and that’s fine. But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

Yes, we can kill him and probably should. But no one owes us anything, including to their parents. No one asks to be born.

Being born is often a massive tragedy anyway.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This is total garbage, Manning willingly took an oath affirming his belief to protect and defend everything you are claiming here he was “born into” and should therefor not be obligated to said culture.

Manning ABSOLUTELY chose the “system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.”

Manning CHOSE to defend the US military’s ideology. Manning CHOSE, he was not forced, he swore an oath using his life as collateral. This is one of the key aspects of serving in the US armed forces, everyone in that room during their oath knows exactly what they are using for payment to keep that oath.

I don’t care if you are Lib or Consv, and oath is an oath, a person swearing fidelity to a concept once they are of age has an absolute obligation to live within that oath. Swearing your life to said concept serves to reinforce the very serious and total commitment of the oath. Manning is not as good as his word and chose to forfeit his life.

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

So we can certainly try and sentence Manning for betraying us, and that’s fine. But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

No one forced Brady Manning to join the military. He was a volunteer and he took an oath to defend this country.

His sole reason for doing this was over DADT. He did this for selfish reasons.

He doesnt get any pass on anything.

William Amos on February 8, 2012 at 12:44 PM

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?

Obamateurism By Proxy!!

tom on February 8, 2012 at 12:44 PM

But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I say this with all due respect… are you some kind of a moron?

May I remind you that this was not Bradley Manning deciding he hated this nation and pranced off to be a commie or something. Bradley Manning joined the United States Army and pilfered highly sensitive and classified documents as a gesture of his “rejection” of the US. This after swearing an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and to obey the orders of the officers appointed over him. That, my ignorant friend, is nothing less than treason.

Yes, Manning certainly has the right to find some gay utopia if he doesn’t like America just as Johnny Walker Lind went off to become a member of the Taliban. But none of that gave the little bastard the right to betray the nation on his way out the door.

Happy Nomad on February 8, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

He was a soldier.

They take an oath to protect and uphold the Constitution.

It’s not an oath forced on a baby.

It’s an oath given freely by an adult.

JadeNYU on February 8, 2012 at 12:44 PM

So we can certainly try and sentence Manning for betraying us, and that’s fine. But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

Except that in joining the military he took an oath and therefore is bound by that oath. If he didn’t want to participate he could have relinquished his citizenship and gone somewhere else.

Bunsin2 on February 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I will say this. No one chooses the circumstance of their birth, their genetics, their environment, and so on.

So we can certainly try and sentence Manning for betraying us, and that’s fine. But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

Yes, we can kill him and probably should. But no one owes us anything, including to their parents. No one asks to be born.

Being born is often a massive tragedy anyway.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This has got to be one of the stupidest things I’ve seen in print in my whole life.

Really?

Why would a person who doesn’t believe in our laws, morals and culture enlist with the armed forces? Can we not hold anyone to any standard anymore because they are innocent due to being born?

There are medications that will help you cope with your delusional existence. This is being an apologetic at a new level.

Really? How pathetic.

NapaConservative on February 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

You all realize that unless the court martial takes place AFTER Obama leaves there is no way Bradley is going to be put to death right? Because Barry couldn’t bare the thought of “murdering” an “insane” person.

Zaggs on February 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

And why is one obligated to respect anything at all, including oaths?

Again, no one chose to play this game, so why must we accept the rules? Just because other people accept them?

Nihilism, taken to the extreme, is the only rational philosophy. Everything else, including life itself, may be a fun game to play, but not an important one. It is extremely doubtful that there is anything important.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Zaggs on February 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Heck, they will speed it up if no other reason than to have one Nobel Peace prize winner give a presidential pardon to another.

cozmo on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Defending Brady Manning for what he did is like defending a bank employee for stealing money from the bank by saying its OK because they didnt like the bank’s policies.

William Amos on February 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

We have the great honor of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Did Manning get elected president recently and I just missed it?

rihar on February 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

So we can certainly try and sentence Manning for betraying us, and that’s fine. But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

No one held a gun to his head and forced him to join the Army. And as any service member here can tell you, once you join the military you are held to a stricter standard.

It turns out he was prone to this behavior long before he got involved with the Bad Guys. He enlisted in 2007 and by 2008, before he deployed to Iraq, he was reprimanded for posting youtube videos with classified info.

Del Dolemonte on February 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

When I first read this, I just laughed it off because any crank can put up a blog post. But, when you read the rules for nominations, it turns out that the Norwegian Nobel Committee actually had to solicit this woman’s opinion. Just weird, and really sad. The prize could be so much more.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/nomination/

Mahna Mahna on February 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

And why is one obligated to respect anything at all, including oaths?

So no laws are to be respected ? anything goes ? Then it would be OK for me to shoot Brady Manning because I dont respect him.

William Amos on February 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Why would a person who doesn’t believe in our laws, morals and culture enlist with the armed forces?

Perhaps to undermine it and become a spy.

Can we not hold anyone to any standard anymore because they are innocent due to being born?

Sure. For all the good it will do.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:52 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

And why is one obligated to respect anything at all, including oaths?

Again, no one chose to play this game, so why must we accept the rules? Just because other people accept them?

Nihilism, taken to the extreme, is the only rational philosophy. Everything else, including life itself, may be a fun game to play, but not an important one. It is extremely doubtful that there is anything important.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

HEY DUMBA$$ manning choose to repeat the oath, no one forced him to utter the words. He CHOSE to speak them. Do you even know what you are typing when you type?

You are in for a world of hurt over the next ten years as reality violently invades your world. I assure you hunger and poverty are very real and important experiences to avoid.

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

lol

Del Dolemonte on February 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

And why is one obligated to respect anything at all, including oaths?

Again, no one chose to play this game, so why must we accept the rules? Just because other people accept them?

Nihilism, taken to the extreme, is the only rational philosophy. Everything else, including life itself, may be a fun game to play, but not an important one. It is extremely doubtful that there is anything important.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Nihilism certainly was the beginning of mass reductio ad absurdum.

Just curious, but how old are you?

NotCoach on February 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

And why is one obligated to respect anything at all, including oaths?

Again, no one chose to play this game, so why must we accept the rules? Just because other people accept them?

Nihilism, taken to the extreme, is the only rational philosophy. Everything else, including life itself, may be a fun game to play, but not an important one. It is extremely doubtful that there is anything important.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

From the above assertation we can safely learn that your word is utterly worthless. Your friends(?) must think very highly of you. Unless they are down on your level of course.

NapaConservative on February 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

It turns out he was prone to this behavior long before he got involved with the Bad Guys. He enlisted in 2007 and by 2008, before he deployed to Iraq, he was reprimanded for posting youtube videos with classified info.

So what you’re saying is the government was absolutely stupid to continue to trust him. How surprising.

At least the universe offers moments of humor, I guess.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Why don’t they just call this the “who did the best job of jerking with America” award and be done with it?

Erich66 on February 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Just curious, but how old are you?

NotCoach on February 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Seven. Tops!

hawkdriver on February 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Maybe since Øbama has been drone bombing every country on the planet, he should give his peace prize to Manning.

Schwalbe Me-262 on February 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Even the anti-American documentary Incident In New Baghdad, which is up for an academy award, doesn’t go that far. They describe the group as being “mostly unarmed.”

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Even the anti-American documentary Incident In New Baghdad, which is up for an academy award, doesn’t go that far. They describe the group as being “mostly unarmed.”

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I know, funny isn’t it. I guess “mostly unarmed” is like being a “little pregnant.”

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Oh, please. Why is this even news? Any member of any national assembly can nominate anyone they like.

Time Lord on February 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The nomination deadline for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize closed Wednesday amid renewed criticism that the award committee has drifted away from the selection criteria established by prize founder Alfred Nobel.

Stockholm’s County Administrative Board – the authority that supervises foundations and trusts in the city – has formally asked the Nobel Foundation to respond to allegations that the peace prize no longer reflects the will of Nobel, a Swedish industrialist who died in 1896.
The move comes after persistent complaints by Norwegian peace researcher Fredrik Heffermehl, who claims the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations.

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Nobel-peace-prize-jury-under-investigation/tabid/417/articleID/241544/Default.aspx#ixzz1loYp0Dtt

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Nobel-peace-prize-jury-under-investigation/tabid/417/articleID/241544/Default.aspx#ixzz1loYVSJLr

mittens on February 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Seven. Tops!

hawkdriver on February 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

That old? Because I am pretty sure Nietzsche was pining for his toddler years when he wrote his books.

NotCoach on February 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Nihilism, taken to the extreme, is the only rational philosophy. Everything else, including life itself, may be a fun game to play, but not an important one. It is extremely doubtful that there is anything important.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

For a nihilist, you seem to care a lot about this Manning guy and how he’s treated.

Oh–and it’s only rational if the underlying assumptions of nihilism are true. Wait more than a week after your girlfriend dumped you and you’ll start to see things differently.

TexasDan on February 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

How in God’s good name do you nominate anyone for anything based on accusations?

hawkdriver on February 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The same way you nominate someone based on expectations.

Solaratov on February 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

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?

I would say she knew that and did it intentionally… it shows the EuroLibs are no longer in love with Da Won.

Marcola on February 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

TexasDan on February 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

If you steal a Nihilist’s wallet, is it robbery?

hawkdriver on February 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

he was reprimanded for posting youtube videos with classified info.

lol Reprimanded.

We’re sure the US deserves to win this thing? This civilizational fight?

Random on February 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM

So what you’re saying is the government was absolutely stupid to continue to trust him. How surprising.

At least the universe offers moments of humor, I guess.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

No, Manning’s superiors should be held to account for being lax enough that the gay traitor was able to pilfer the number of documents he did. There is no reason why he even had access to some of them.

The universe offering humor was when the DoD decided to set up the Wikileaks Task Force, otherwise known as the WTF.

Happy Nomad on February 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM

. They describe the group as being “mostly unarmed.”

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Mostly peaceful too, no doubt.

TexasDan on February 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM

For a nihilist, you seem to care a lot about this Manning guy and how he’s treated.

Not really.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If you steal a Nihilist’s wallet, is it robbery?

hawkdriver on February 8, 2012 at 1:02 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

Can the prize be awarded during a lockdown?
NoDonkey on February 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Sure. Just two years ago Liu Xiaobo got the prize while he doing his eleven years in a Chinese prison for disliking communism or something. And then, ironically, there is Carl von Ossietzky, from 1935.

Time Lord on February 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Why don’t they just call this the “who did the best job of jerking with America” award and be done with it?

Erich66 on February 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Because they’ve already got one of those. It’s called the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or.

Happy Nomad on February 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

For a nihilist, you seem to care a lot about this Manning guy and how he’s treated.

It’s funny how people understand whatever they think there is to be read, regardless of what was said.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Being born is often a massive tragedy anyway.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Not to be nosey but I remember you saying you recently experienced tragedy. Your words make me inclined to think that you might be prone to depression and I would encourage you to seek out someone that can help.

Bunsin2 on February 8, 2012 at 1:08 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

It’s funny how people understand whatever they think there is to be read, regardless of what was said.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

You are an sophist, definitely not a nihilist.

Skwor on February 8, 2012 at 1:10 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

I love when someone says something stupid and when they are called on it they say something even dumber to try and rationalize their previous comment.

EnochCain on February 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

The Nobel Prize has gone the way of the UN.

Meaningless, useless, and utterly feckless.

FlatFoot on February 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

So we can certainly try and sentence Manning for betraying us, and that’s fine. But in no absolute sense was Bradley Manning morally obligated to buy into our laws, morals, and culture merely because he was born in the US. He was free to choose any other system of thought or ideology he preferred, including personal profit or utter rejection of the US.

Yes, we can kill him and probably should. But no one owes us anything, including to their parents. No one asks to be born.

Being born is often a massive tragedy anyway.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

And why is one obligated to respect anything at all, including oaths?

Again, no one chose to play this game, so why must we accept the rules? Just because other people accept them?

Nihilism, taken to the extreme, is the only rational philosophy. Everything else, including life itself, may be a fun game to play, but not an important one. It is extremely doubtful that there is anything important.

Random on February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

This is called “Doubling down on the Stupid”.

You emo kids crack me up!

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc85/Mamba1-0/frequently%20used/emos-still-suck-16-1.jpg

Solaratov on February 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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