Monday, February 07, 2011


“You have to start with the truth."

It isn't terribly hard to get nominated for a Nobel prize, you just have to have the right sort of folks send in enough requests and you're added to the list. Still, the nominations are a pretty closed business. For one thing, the Nobel committee sends out letters to specific people requesting nominations, so these are theoretically respectable, wise, and learned people getting letters.

Technically, according to Nobel policy, the nominees are sealed away for fifty years, but people leak the names every year, and there's always a lot of speculation about who was nominated.

So when someone like Julian Assange of Wikileaks gets nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, that tells you what sort of folks the Nobel committee respects and considers wise. Julian Assange recently admitted that his Wikileaks efforts resulted in more than a thousand dead in Kenya:
The leak exposed massive corruption by Daniel Arap Moi, and the Kenyan people sat up and took notice. In the ensuing elections, in which corruption became a major issue, violence swept the country. “1,300 people were eventually killed, and 350,000 were displaced. That was a result of our leak,” says Assange.
Peace Prize, eh? Assange was also nominated for the Sydney Peace Foundation's Gold Medal. Its pretty hard to take organizations like that seriously with this kind of activity.

Yet its the response of his stepfather I found most disappointing. Defending his son's nomination, Mr Assange recently said "He's been nominated for a Nobel Prize so how could he be a criminal? He's exposed global corruption everywhere, he's done no harm except to those who do harm the people." So he's done harm, the man admits, and Julian Assange claims his efforts killed and harmed hundreds of thousands of people.

But is he a criminal? Sweden thinks so, based on their absurdly broad rape laws. Assange had sex with a girl and refused to use a condom. I know, the news is shocking that he'd have sex with a girl, but bear with me. Under Swedish law, if a girl claims she wanted a guy to use a condom and he didn't its classified as rape. Idiotic.

Yet, let's consider Mr Assange's argument here. He claims that someone cannot be a criminal because they've been nominated for a peace prize. Really, Mr Assange? If you had much to do with this emasculated twit's upbringing I can see how he'd be so out of touch with reality.

The present peace prize winner is in prison in China. He's a criminal, according to the Chinese government. Other previous Nobel Peace Prize nominees:
  • Josef Stalin
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Benito Mussolini
  • mohammed El Baradei (the guy helping Iran build nukes)
  • Hugo Chavez
  • Yassr Arafat (the terrorist leader who starved his country)
Still, its not too hard to figure out why Assange might be coddled. He's a leftist hurting "all the right people" and there's another dirty secret here. Wikileaks claims they have banking information and data for offshore and swiss bank accounts that they're holding on to and haven't released. Is it so unthinkable that people will do anything to keep that data from being dumped out to the public? And if so, Wikileaks has turned from "open source information for the world" to "criminal organization extorting the world."

In any case, the fact that Assange is alive and free and Wikileaks keeps functioning is proof positive that the absurd conspiracy theories about sinister cabals controlling everything and killing their enemies is utter nonsense. If the US Government or big business were a tenth as sinister and capable (and willing) of eliminating enemies as the average HBO movie or latest Hollywood thriller alleges, we'd have never heard of Wikileaks.

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