Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Letter to Nobel Peace Prize Commitee Suggesting Liquidation of Nobel Prize Endowment

PO Box 130
West Shokan, NY 12494, USA
January 19, 2010

Thorbjørn Jagland
Chair, Nobel Prize Committee
Secretary-general Council of Europe
Henrik Ibsens gate 51
0255 OSLO Norway

Dear Mr. Jagland:

The current tragedy in Haiti, involving the death of 200,000 human beings, calls for a new policy on the part of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. I urge you to liquidate the Peace Prize endowment and donate it to the Haitian relief effort.

The recent awards of the Peace Prize to Barack Obama in 2009 and to Al Gore in 2007 suggest a failure of imagination. You lack the intellectual and moral competence to award a peace prize, preferring to involve yourselves in American partisan politics, concerning which you are as destructive as were the Swedes in the 1930s and 1940s, who although claiming neutrality, backed the Nazis. The Swedes' most famous intellectual, the national socialist Gunnar Myrdal, was an open backer of Hitler in the 1930s.

Last year, you awarded your prize to a cheap, socialist Chicago politician while he was escalating the war in Afghanistan and re-appointing George W. Bush's defense secretary. But this gaffe followed on the heels of an even worse absurdity: your 2007 award to Al Gore, who has been involved in corrupt self-dealing with respect to cap and trade and other environmental proposals and who has based his anti-scientific arguments on falsified research (as evidenced by internal e-mails now made public).

It is apparent from the Gore and Obama fiascoes that you lack the moral wisdom and the intellectual competence to award a peace prize.

The people of Haitia are suffering. You have used the peace prize to feather Scandinavia's reactionary, socialist self-image rather than to further peace. I urge you to liquidate the endowment and provide Haiti with meaningful aid.


Mitchell Langbert, Ph.D.

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