Al Gore seems to be the latest expression of our friends’ desire to join our anger at the antics of America’s leaders. Like us, they want our leadership to stop behaving like addled brats in a nursery. And with the prizes in 2002 (Jimmy Carter) and 2005 (El Baradei/IAEA), we got the message. But this is turning into the Nobel “guy who’s showing the American government what they’re doing wrong” award, and I’m not sure that’s the intention.
I like Al Gore. Voted for him in 2000, after the media robbed him of a fair campaign, and the thugs in robes robbed him of the presidency (though he and Lieberman could be charged as accessories in many ways). If he jumped in the race, he’d be in my top 3, maybe my top choice, depending on his full platform.
And he’s done good work on the environment. Gore deserves recognition for furthering environmentalism and boosting its profile still more. With his movie, and his books and his concerts.
Meanwhile, Morgan Tsvangirai has been subject to beatings, arrests, and bogus charges for standing up to a leader who wants to raze his country and feed his people on hatred.
Meanwhile, Saad Hariri is trying to keep Lebanon in one piece despite a Syrian goon squad that took out his father. The country totters on the edge of civil war, with three other nations doing dirty work within its borders, and the best hope remains with a 37-year old business major.
The Nobel Peace Prize should highlight bravery and courage for peace. I’d wish that it would bring resources and attention on people who’ve sacrificed their well-being in its name. The Vice President is doing a wonderful, high-profile service, but is this really courage and bravery for peace?
Meanwhile, the Red Cross tries to bring humanity to wars across the globe (and I don’t care that they got the award in 1963).
Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders speaks out against the rising tide of murder and imprisonment that greets people who seek to learn and tell the truth.
This award could influence politics in this country, maybe even this world. I guess. Perhaps some Americans will respect Gore more than they did, and respect his blessing more than they would have (or did in 2004 *cough*). Maybe he’ll have a smidge more influence here.
Meanwhile, Grigory Yavlisnky leads the lonely fight against Putin’s Stalinization of Russia.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Democracy Party staggers, decapacitated as its members are funneled into labor camps or forced out of the country.
I’m sure the former vice president will act with grace, and use this award to further a great cause that is already well along.
Meanwhile, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan is punished and hated by all sides in the morass that is Somalia for trying to find ground for peace and reconciliation.
Meanwhile, another thug in a uniform, another goon in a suit continues to live out lust for money and power . A man who was bathed in the spotlight of a global concert this summer is once again front and center. And thousands of warriors for peace remain in the shadows, under fire.
Al Gore? He should be president. He shouldn’t be a Nobel Laureate.