Saturday, September 12, 2020

Trump gets another Noble (sorry, Nobel) Peace Prize nomination

While most people were disgusted with Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, one should remember that pretty much anyone can be nominated (any head of state or politician serving at the national level can make a nomination, not to mention university professors, heads of foreign policy institutes,  past Nobel Prize winners, and Nobel Commitee members), but few get to win.
Trump was nominated by far-right Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde (yes, the same guy that nominated Trump in 2018, that time for his great "success" with North Korea), ostensibly for his work in promoting a "peace deal" between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, although, as I have already commented, this is highly unlikely to create any peace in the region, and may well inflame tensions still further. America's pet project Israel may well benefit, but all it really does is set Arabs against Arabs in a region where Arab solidarity is the only hope for beleaguered Palestine, and the chances of a two-state solution (the only solution that will work on a long-term basis) look ever further away.
Perhaps more amusing is the fact that the Trump administration, in a series of Facebook ads that trumpteted that "President Trump achieved PEACE in the MIDDLE EAST" in Trumpian capitals, managed to mis-spell "Nobel" as "Noble". That probably tells you as much as you need to know.

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