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Why Not Junk the Nobel Peace Prizes?

Old Carpenter Wrote: Apr 06, 2012 11:37 AM
Most people seem to forget that the main use of dynamite was as a substitute for black powder or nitroglycerin in blasting for construction and in mining. This has saved many lives. That was the purpose Nobel invented it for. I can imagine that he was quite upset that it was used for war. A prize that was meant to promote peace is now used for purely political purposes.

When the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama, many, myself included, felt that the Norwegian committee had so embarrassed itself as to devalue the prize permanently. A Dallas service station sign, at the time, captured the sentiment precisely: "Free Nobel Peace Prize with Oil Change."

Jay Nordlinger's masterful new book "Peace, They Say" has changed my mind.

Not that Nordlinger dissents from the skeptical view of the 2009 prize or many others. But in his careful review of every prize and every recipient since 1901, he builds a case that the capacity of the prize to do good...