Nobel's credibility... By Mohsin
15 October, 2013
After the nomination of Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize, I decided to research the credibility of Nobel awards. It proved that awarding the prestigious prize is politically driven. In 1936, the prize was awarded to Carl Von Ossietzky, which led two committee members of the Nobel to resign. King Haakon VII of Norway was absent from the award ceremony, and the Norwegian press condemned the award. Adolf Hitler had forbidden any German from receiving Nobel prizes in the future. In 1945, the prize was awarded to Cordell Hull who was a prominent participant in the creation of the UN. Hull was Franklin Delano's secretary of state during the St Louis crisis. St Louis sailed from Hamburg in 1939 carrying over 950 Jewish refugees seeking asylum. Hull was responsible for forcing them to return to Europe, resulting in over a quarter of them subsequently dying in the Holocaust.
In 1973, the prize was given to North Vietnamese leader Le Duck and US Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger for the 1973 Paris Peace Accords intended to bring about a cease-fire in the Vietnam war. Kissinger's history included the secret 1969 to 1975 bombing campaign against North Vietnamese army troops. In 1978, the prize was given to Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, during the 1973 Yom Kippur War against Israel, and Menachem Begin for the Camp David Agreement, which brought about a negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel. Begin was involved in a failed plot to assassinate German Chancellor Konard Adenauer. The 2009 Nobel went to Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation. The award, given nine months into Obama's presidency, received criticism that it was undeserved, premature and politically motivated. There is more about the Nobel Peace Prize but, unfortunately, no one has raised any questions on the credibility of this award. It is my request to all journalists to expose this reality.
M MOHSIN SHAHBAZ