WikiLeaks nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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    Feb 03, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Nominated because its disclosure of classified documents promote world peace by holding governments accountable for their actions.

    Article can be found on Huffington post

    I think this is great !!!! Exposing what our governments do in our names is as it should be. Had more been exposed about 10 years ago about NEO CONS wanting war for the their New American Century goals, maybe we wouldn't be in debt to China for a Killing field in Iraq, millions of lives would have been much better off without that Worthless unproductive war and scar on our American History.

    Why should or shouldn't WikiLeaks win the Nobel Peace Prize?

    Which deserves it more, Obama or Wikileaks ?
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    Did Obama get nominated?
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidDid Obama get nominated?

    LOL !!! Not this time, but he did in the past and won the prize , so if you had to choose between the two, who would you rather have Obama or WikiLeaks with the prize? If the choice was yours that is, I know we cannot take it back from Obama, but just asking !!!! some hated the idea of Obama winning the Peace Prize basicly before even being President. Some would say that Wikileaks has done more than Obama for peace, what do you think ?
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    Feb 03, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    The mere fact that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing for peace, especially even before becoming President of the USA undermined the whole point of the prize, in my opinion--to recognize individuals and organizations that...
    According to Nobel's will (from Wikipedia)...shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.

    By the Obama win, the Committee had entirely changed the premise and has rendered the prize meaningless as far as I'm concerned. It's become all political and influenced by popular culture and "what's hot at the moment".

    How or why WikiLeaks would be nominated for achieving the "most or best work for fraternity between nations", esp. in light of the release of the US diplomatic cables having made continued complex diplomatic relations even more difficult is puzzling. If anything such leaks caused "less fraternity" between nations, stirring more doubt and distrust, setting back years of hard work by diplomats on all sides. Transparency in the name of transparency, for the sake of transparency alone, is not wise. Duplicity is sometimes a necessary evil. At times, "You look nice today" sure is better than "Damn, woman, what the hell happened to your skin?!"... esp. if you're talking to your job interviewer.

    As far as I'm concerned, these two nominations, and the prior win, have simply become a big joke. Sad for the Prize itself; there was a time when it did seem so much more "noble".
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 03, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    It's official -- The Nobel Peace Prize has become a farce
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 03, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    Meh. It's a nomination, not the prize itself. The committee receives hundreds of nominations a year, most of which are kept secret for decades. The only ones we hear about are the ones where the nominator has decided to make the nomination public - in other words, where the nominator wants a little publicity.

    I'd be more interested if Wikileaks actually won the prize, especially in light of Assange's legal troubles in Sweden. (And yes, I know that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Norway by Norwegians, even as the other Nobel Prizes are awarded in Sweden by Swedes.)