I like Jonathan Martins’ opening sentence, “Conservatives reacted to the long-awaited news this morning that Al Gore has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with mocking derision.”
Martin blogs for the Politico about Conservatives (obviously from a Liberal prospective!) his remarks sound as foreign as Osama bin Laden calling the West to Islam. I don’t think he gets the subject that he’s reporting on.
First of all who was long-awaiting the Nobel Committee to bestow the Peace prize on Al Gore for Global warming? Does it make any sense to anyone who is not a Liberal that the “PEACE” prize would be hijacked to make a political statement about an unproven theory? (According to Britain’s High Court Anthropogenic Global warming is unproved and not held in scientific consensus.)
Liberal are always attempting to self authenticate their views by making their views law or by giving their views some undeserved and unmerited distinction.
And as for mocking derision that is not what Conservatives did. No, mocking derision is what the Nobel Committee did when they turned their collective noses up on the real peace efforts throughout the world for a poke-in-the-eye at everyone who doesn’t follow blindly the Piped Piper of CO2 emissions himself Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.
Through twisted logic the Oslo Committee attempted to justify their choice of Gore and the United Nations, International Panel on Climate Change, but their explain rung hollow in light of the many people who actually risked life and limb for the cause of peace in the world.
As the Opinion Journal points out what about the: Burmese monks whose defiance against, and brutalization at the hands of, the country's military junta in recent weeks captured the attention of the Free World.
Or Morgan Tsvangirai, Arthur Mutambara and other Zimbabwe opposition leaders who were arrested and in some cases beaten by police earlier this year while protesting peacefully against dictator Robert Mugabe.
Or Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in Vietnam arrested this year and sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the pro-democracy group Block 8406.
Or Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Uyyouni, co-founders of the League of Demanders of Women's Right to Drive Cars in Saudi Arabia, who are waging a modest struggle with grand ambitions to secure basic rights for women in that Muslim country.
Or Colombian President Àlvaro Uribe, who has fought tirelessly to end the violence wrought by left-wing terrorists and drug lords in his country.
Or Garry Kasparov and the several hundred Russians who were arrested in April, and are continually harassed, for resisting President Vladimir Putin's slide toward authoritarian rule.
Or the people of Iraq, who bravely work to rebuild and reunite their country amid constant threats to themselves and their families from terrorists who deliberately target civilians.
Or Presidents Viktor Yushchenko and Mikheil Saakashvili who, despite the efforts of the Kremlin to undermine their young states, stayed true to the spirit of the peaceful "color" revolutions they led in Ukraine and Georgia and showed that democracy can put down deep roots in Russia's backyard.
Or Britain's Tony Blair, Ireland's Bertie Ahern and the voters of Northern Ireland, who in March were able to set aside decades of hatred to establish joint Catholic-Protestant rule in Northern Ireland.
Or thousands of Chinese bloggers who run the risk of arrest by trying to bring uncensored information to their countrymen.
Or scholar and activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, jailed presidential candidate Ayman Nour and other democracy campaigners in Egypt.
Or, posthumously, lawmakers Walid Eido, Pierre Gemayel, Antoine Ghanem, Rafik Hariri, George Hawi and Gibran Tueni; journalist Samir Kassir; and other Lebanese citizens who've been assassinated since 2005 for their efforts to free their country from Syrian control.
Or the Reverend Phillip Buck; Pastor Chun Ki Won and his organization, Durihana; Tim Peters and his Helping Hands Korea; and Liberty in North Korea, who help North Korean refugees escape to safety in free nations.(Source The Opinion Journal)
Or what about Cindy Sheehan, Cindy is more about peace in her little toe than Al Gore ever was! You may not agree with Ms. Sheehan but her decision to run against Nancy Pelosi alone is deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize!
No Jonathan, the only mocking derision concerning the Nobel Peace Prize is the derision the committee made by disregarding the real peacemakers when the committee overlooked peacemakers’ often dangerous, bitter and noble struggles for peace in order to hand the award to a movement that was not even in the peace category.
If the Nobel Prize Committee wishes to award environmental concerns they should open up a category for that purpose that would be appropriate.
But to take recognition from those who were rightly deserving of that recognition just to heap it upon those who are not, is the ultimate act of derisive mockery.
And Jonathan to report it as you did is devoid of all rational prospective my friend an act which itself is worthy of Conservatives’ mocking derision.