Exclusive: Yes, Virginia: Nobel? Yes. Noble? Definitely Not.

by RUTH KING October 9, 2009
“Mirror, mirror on the wall…Who’s the fairest of them all?”
 
The Nobel Committee has answered: “Thou Obama, art the fairest of them all.”
 
The will of Alfred Nobel very clearly stated that the peace prize should be awarded to: "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
 
And, Obama does fraternize – Venezuela, Russia – and he has extended a very unclenched fist to all Muslim nations, and he is certainly for the reduction of standing armies (our own included) and he promotes the “peace congress” now known as the United Nations.
 
He deserves the prize – and he is in such august company. As the “Wickies” in Wikipedia admit: “The selection of Nobel Peace Prize winners sometimes causes controversy, as it has become greatly politicized and not related to issues of peace and the list of winners includes people who formerly used violence and terrorism,” but then they cheerfully add, “but then later made exceptional concessions to non-violence in the attempt to achieve peace.” See Yasser Arafat for that one and Anwar Sadat too. In fact, Anwar Sadat’s poster boy, Adolph Hitler, actually made the casting couch for a Nobel in 1939. Hey…so did Stalin and Benito Mussolini. It’s a big world after all.
 
Oops! I almost forgot Kofi Annan. Geez nobody ever looked spiffier in a tux, so who cares about his dipping his family fingers into the cookie jar of the Oil for Food scandal? Compared to him the laureate Jimmy Carter looks like an old toad in a tux. Even the hyper-inflated prevaricator Nobel winner Al Gore looked better – if a tad like a size 14 stuffed into a size 10.
 
And speaking of prevarication, remember Rigoberta Menchu? She was a Guatemalan peasant….oops again – peasant is not a very politically correct term now – so let’s call her a “wealth and education challenged” liar. It turned out that her “autobiography” was a total fabrication. Anyway, let’s let bygones be bygones. She did have a tough life.
 
And speaking of tough life, you know all those so called Arab “refugee camps” housing the fourth generation of Palestinian Arabs in squalid conditions and impairing all efforts, including Israel’s, to resettle them? Well the United Nations Agency that keeps them there while turning a blind eye to their terrorist activities got a Nobel “peace” too. Yup. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees walked away with that one in 1981.
 
And then there is Mohammed Al Baradei, who is so peaceful he covered up the Iranian nuke buildup to disarm the West. Now that is an exceptional concession to non-violence, wouldn’t you say? And by the way, he gushed when he heard of President Obama’s nomination: "I cannot think of anyone today more deserving of this honor."
 
Other Arab “leaders” were not so sanguine, Some were downright pithy.
 
"Obama has a long way to go still and lots of work to do before he can deserve a reward," said Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri. "Obama only made promises and did not contribute any substance to world peace. And he has not done anything to ensure justice for the sake of Arab and Muslim causes."
 
Issam al-Khazraji, a day laborer in Baghdad, said: "He doesn't deserve this prize. All these problems -- Iraq, Afghanistan -- have not been solved...The man of 'change' hasn't changed anything yet."
 
Liaqat Baluch, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a conservative religious party in Pakistan, called the award an embarrassing "joke."
 
So much for gratitude to the great outreacher to Islam.
 
What do you suppose Michelle Obama will wear to the ceremonies? And will she give a press conference to recall how she sat on her daddy’s lap and watched Dr. Ralph Bunche, the first African-American win the Nobel Prize in 1950? Oh! That was before she was born.
 
In Copenhagen, while strutting for the Olympics, she said she sat on her father’s lap watching Carl Lewis win the Olympics. She would have been 20 years old at the time – a tad, er, late for sitting on daddy’s lap. But time and dates are inconsequential to the First Lady, so I’ll stop the nit-picking.
 
What’s done is done. He won. A lot of good people have, in fact, won the peace prize but a lot of really noble people such as Irena Sendler and Corazon Aquino and Pope John did not.
 
Nobel is not a definition of noble.
 
Noble is defined as:
 
1. famous, illustrious, renowned, impressive in appearance, imposing, stately, distinguished, famous, showing magnanimity.
 
He passes those, although his magnanimity is selective and reserved for thugs.
 
On the other definitions:
 
2. Having an exalted moral or mental character, lofty, honorable, high minded, having elevated principles and constantly adhering to them, scorning pettiness.
 
Virginia: He isn’t even a contender.
 
When the brouhaha settles and the ego is stuffed into his shirt, the mirror may speak again:
 
“Oh King though Nobel you be, a noble man is fairer to see.”
 
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Ruth S. King is a freelance writer who writes a monthly column in OUTPOST, the publication of Americans for a Safe Israel.

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