Douglas Andrews / February 1, 2021

A Deeply Dubious Peace Prize Nomination

With its latest nomination, the Nobel Peace Prize committee has hit a new low.

There are no doubt plenty of hurt feelings in Portland today, where antifa thugs learned that they’ve been snubbed once again by the Nobel Peace Prize committee. That their fellow thugs at Black Lives Matter have been nominated for the, ahem, prestigious award only added insult to injury.

As for the rest of us, we’re wondering how the Nobel committee could, like CNN and the rest of the mainstream media, simply ignore all the violence done by these hoodlums and all the destruction they left in their wake. Or are those “mostly peaceful” infernos there in the background?

As The Guardian uncritically reports, “In his nomination papers, the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the US to grapple with racism within their own societies. ‘I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,’ Eide said. ‘Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice. They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.’”

To anyone paying attention, the roots of the Black Lives Matter movement are red. And scrubbing its Marxist heritage from the BLM website doesn’t make it any less so.

As our Arnold Ahlert wrote back in July, “Despite all the media-orchestrated lies about Black Lives Matter being a spontaneous grassroots uprising — amply abetted by power-hungry Democrats, cowardly Republicans, morally bankrupt academics, and contemptible corporate virtue signalers — BLM is actually a front for a web of well-funded communist/socialist organizations that have agitated against America for decades.”

Perhaps this is a fitting tribute to the mob and perfectly in keeping with the Nobel award’s steady downward spiral into obsolescence. After all, Barack Obama won a Peace Prize participation trophy back in 2009, just days after having taken office — an award that even the cheerleading New York Times called “a stunning surprise.” And there was Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat, who won it in 1994 despite never having renounced his bloodthirsty ways. And Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the award, a woman who once told a Kenyan newspaper that the HIV virus was originally developed by Western scientists in order to depopulate Africa. And there was FDR Secretary of State Cordell Hull, who won the award in 1945 for his efforts to establish the United Nations, yet who in 1939 had denied entry to our shores a ship full of Jewish refugees and thereby sentenced many of them to die in Nazi concentration camps.

“Political satire,” said leftist singer-songwriter-essayist Tom Lehrer many years ago, “became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.” If nothing else, this news about BLM’s nomination makes clear that Lehrer was wrong. There are still a few good satirists out there — working for the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

In addition, there are a few others working for The Babylon Bee. “The Nobel Committee has announced they have nominated Black Lives Matter for the brand new Nobel ‘Mostly Peaceful’ Prize,” the Bee reported, “for its hard work bringing attention to racism by burning down cities around the world.”

“No one has done more to contribute to the cause of ‘mostly peace’ than Black Lives Matter,” the Bee fictionally quoted Norwegian MP Petter Eide as saying. “They brought attention to racism, and they did it while mostly not being criminal terrorists!” The Bee added, “MP Eide then demanded the interviewer raise his fist while shouting ‘Black Lives Matter’ before knocking him over with a brick.”

Congratulations, then, to the “mostly peaceful” thugs of Black Lives Matter.

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