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?