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The Nobel Committee’s proclivity for using its Peace Prize ceremony as a forum for ridiculing American foreign policy was on display again in 2001, when the Prize was given to the United Nations and its Secretary General, Kofi Annan. When presenting the award to Mr. Annan, Nobel Committee leader Gunnar Berge argued that the establishment of peaceful change in the 21st Century would “be a task for the UN, if not in the form of a centralized world government then at least as the more efficient global instrument which the world so sorely needs.” Berge attacked the Bush administration specifically, saying that “the USA provides the clearest illustration” of a country “selective in their attitudes to the UN,” only favoring “an active UN when they need and see opportunities to obtain its support; but when the UN takes a different stance, they seek to limit its influence.” Soon thereafter the world would learn that Kofi Annan and the UN alike were up to their respective necks in scandal involving the Oil-For-Food program.
In 2000 the award went to South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who, solely to bolster his chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, bribed North Korea’s government with $1.5 billion in exchange for the latter’s feigned good-faith participation in peace talks ostensibly aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
A year earlier the Nobel Peace Prize was given to Médecins Sans Frontières, a humanitarian aid organization that more than once has condemned Israel – in contradiction to its pledge to maintain political independence.
In 1994 the Nobel Peace Prize Committee drew a moral equivalence between statesmen and a terrorist when presenting its award jointly to Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the Palestinian leader whose unwavering goal was the destruction of Israel and the mass murder of Jews, Yasser Arafat.
The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize recipient was Rigoberta Menchu, the leftist icon and communist agent who falsely claimed authorship of a 1982 autobiography which was later found to have been written by the French Marxist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray.
In 1987 the award went to Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez, who, in order “to bring peace to the region,” reversed the policy of his predecessor who had allowed the Reagan administration to use northern Costa Rica as a base for its war efforts against the Marxist Sandinistas.
The 1985 Nobel Peace Prize was given to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, (IPPNW), a group founded with the explicit involvement of the Soviet dictatorship. In fact, Yevgeny Chazov, Soviet Deputy Minister of Health, served as one of IPPNW’s three co-chairmen.
In 1984 Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Prize for his work against South African apartheid. Tutu was a strong supporter of Winnie Mandela, who was prominent in the Soviet-sponsored African National Congress, closely aligned with the South African Communist Party. Today Tutu claims that U.S. injustices around the world provoked the attacks of 9/11; that America is an aggressive nation which spends too much on defense and too little on aid to the poor; and that “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid.”