posted on May, 15 2005 @ 05:48 PM
Carseller, your post is about as blatantly hypocritical as your avatar.
The Nobel Peace Prize should be given to someone who has made an obvious and substantial contribution to the stabilization of any of the manifold
areas of conflict which speckle our beautiful Earth or to the furthering of Human Rights in areas which are lacking in this property. I wish I could,
but I cannot see President Bush as making this contribution and not for lack of trying either. His Road Map solution for the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict was a commendable effort to solve that problem, but unfortunately there has been little if any development in that area. Maybe in the coming
years the Iraqi liberation will be the stimulus for a flowering of democracy in the Middle East, in which case a Nobel Prize may be warranted, but as
it stands today there is very little proof that the Second Gulf War has had any effect on the state of democracy in the Middle East. Not Bush, not
yet at least, his administration has had too much of a violent influence on the world recently. In time it may appear that Bush's foreign policies
brought about peace in the world, but right now that is not the case.
Also, I am a bit stunned by the apparent ignorance of your statement "give it to a Muslim, that would keep with tradition of worthless recipients of
the prize." You seem to be calling all Muslims worthless, I am sure that you did not intend such a thing.
I would have to say that after looking at Al-Sistani's actions in Baghdad, he has had more of a stabilizing effect than Bush has. To go through his
page on Wikipedia, Sistani has:
- Brokered an agreement that eneded the standoff in Najaf at the holy Imam Ali shrine between U.S. marines and Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi
- Called for the formation of a constitutional convention
- Demanded a direct vote for the purpose of forming a transitional government
- Criticized American plans for an Iraqi government as not being democratic enough.
- Consistently urged the Iraqi Shia not to respond in kind to attacks from Sunni Salafists, which have become common in Sunni-dominated regions of
Iraq like the area known as the "triangle of death," south of Baghdad.
This doesnt seem to be a very "worthless" man. His effect on Iraq has been one that was sorely needed in the violence that erupted after the
toppling of Saddam's Baathist government. He is a paragon of what Muslim clerics should be: peace brokers and stabilizers, sources of calm in chaos;
not fear-mongering, murderous demagogues as so many prominent clerics, from Al-Sadr to Khomeini have been. He is certainly qualified for the Nobel