Only Supporters of Peace Should Be Appointed to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee

Only Supporters of Peace Should Be Appointed to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee

By Jan Oberg

December 2, 2020

Since 2007, a number of TFF Associates – Fredrik Heffermehl to mention the leading world expert on it – have been engaged in creating awareness of the de facto and de jure misuse of the world’s in principle most prestigious prize – Alfred Nobel’s for peace.

We usually do not post appeals on this public education for peace site. But this appeal, crafted by Heffermehl and David Swanson – deserves to be here.

Please go to the appeal now and sign it. It is common sense and it is uncontroversial – unless you happen to believe in two things: a) that violence and war is better than peace, and b) that it’s OK that those who manage a will ignore its stated purpose completely over about a century and – with a few important exceptions – use it instead for the opposite purpose than intended by the testator.

The testator, Alfred Nobel, stated so clearly in his will that his prize should go “to the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses.”

In short, the Nobel Peace Prize aims at the abolition of the means of war and the rewarding of “champions of peace”. It is clearly and anti-militarism prize. And not a do-good-human rights-environment-humanitarian-or-everything-else prize!

For decades, the Nobel Committee consists basically of parliamentarians from Norwegian political parties. That doesn’t guarantee any expertise on peace and disarmament. It would be considered bizarre if such a group would decide the prizes for, say, physics, literature, or medicine!

Nobel had this to say about who should decide the peace prize: “that for champions of peace by a committee of five persons to be selected by the Norwegian Storting.”

“Selected by…” was hijacked by the Norwegian political establishment to mean “consisting of” MPs.

It’s indeed time to finally get things right around a will written in 1895!

You can help: Sign the appeal!

Now!

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3 Responses to "Only Supporters of Peace Should Be Appointed to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee"

  1. Enrique Raul Suarez   December 7, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    A Poem in Honor of Alfred Nobel and the Current and Future Nobel Peace Prize Winners

    By Enrique R. Suarez

    Peace is not absence of war.

    If you want to be rich, be generous.

    If you want to be smart, be simple.

    If you want to be strong, be kind.

    Whatever you are looking for is inside of you.

    You are missing nothing. You have everything. The only problem is, you don’t know that.

    All the things that we think are important will one day turn around and become unimportant.

    Don’t let another day go by without being touched by the magic inside you.

    What are the questions that will lead to clarity about what it means to be alive?

    What you have in your life that is truly yours is today. Peace is a state in which you understand without questions

    Peace for just one day is not richness. But peace in abundance, every single day, and every moment: that is being rich.

    September 2020 – Present
    Norwegian Nobel Institute
    Oslo, Norway
    Selected by the Norwegian Nobel Institute, to nominate individuals or organizations for the Nobel Peace Prize

    Enrique R. Suarez Master of Education &
    International Development Harvard University
    suarezenrique@yahoo.com -suarezenrique@post.harvard.edu
    Phone: (904) 944-0787
    Jacksonville, Florida USA

    Reply
  2. Poul Erik Rasmussen   December 4, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I’d like to sign, but where?

    Reply
    • JO   December 4, 2020 at 10:09 am

      You click the link – either the first red link or the very last. Then you get to the appeal and there you can sign your name. Many thanks for doing so!

      Reply

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