Al Gore has won his inevitable Peace Prize. Alfred Nobel's Peace Prize is intended for "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".
How on earth does Al Gore's work on global warming qualify under these terms? Answer: it doesn't. Just remember, these same folks also awarded this same prize to Yassir Arafat, the Godfather of terrorism. Who will they give the Nobel Peace Prize to next year, Hugo Chavez? It is obvious that the prize now goes to whomever is internationally recognized as a 'liberal darling' as Rob Port puts its, not to whomever really deserves it.
After all, George W. Bush has saved 50 million+ people, Muslims no less, from the clutches of two of the most horrid regimes in recent history, Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Afghanistan under the Taliban. Even your most hardcore dyed-in-the-wool liberals will tell you its a 'good thing' Saddam is gone, and yet Bush gets zero recognition for these tremendous human rights victories. Not since FDR was in office has an American president done so much for human freedom.
Just goes to show you that the Nobel Peace Prize is about as authentic a recognition of achievment in the field of peace as a winning lottery notification via email. Perhaps even less.
P.S. I had forgotten that Hugo Chavez actually has been nominated for the prize before.
P.P.S. Woah, I didn't know that Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini had also been nominated.
Update: I see the prize committee has issued a press release on its rationale for awarding the prize to Gore:
Indications of changes in the earth's future climate must be treated with the utmost seriousness, and with the precautionary principle uppermost in our minds. Extensive climate changes may alter and threaten the living conditions of much of mankind. They may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth's resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world's most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states.
Got that? Global warming might cause conflict sometime in the future. I hereby award the prize committee the Ken McCracken Square Peg In Round Hole Prize.