Bradley Manning’s Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize

PFC Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alfred Nobel’s will left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

The intent of the prize was to fund this work. As a result of enormous legal expenses, Bradley Manning is in need of that funding (currently $1.2 million).

A record 259 nominations have been received for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, with candidates including PFC Manning and 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education activist who was shot in the head by Taliban militants while on her way home from school in Pakistan. Around 50 of the nominations are for organizations. Last year, the prize went to the European Union for promoting peace and human rights in Europe following the devastation of World War II. Nobel Prize winners are usually announced in October.

  1. #1 by brewski on March 26, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Considering the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded in the past to Barack “Drone Strike” Obama, Al “Al Jazeera” Gore, Woodrow “KKK” Wilson, I think PFC Manning will fit right in.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on March 26, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Other past recipients:

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (2007)
    Jimmy Carter (2002)
    United Nations (U.N.) , Kofi Annan (2001)
    Médecins Sans Frontières (1999)
    Martin Luther King Jr. (1964)
    Theodore Roosevelt (1906)

  3. #3 by brewski on March 26, 2013 - 11:26 am

    You mean Jimmy “the Shah is my best friend” Carter?

    and IP “I haven’t done anything” CC?

    Kofi “Oil for Palaces” Annan?

    Teddy “let’s steal Cuba” Roosevelt?

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on March 26, 2013 - 11:35 am

    brewski–

    You are deliberately ignoring the reasons why these people got the Peace Prize.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2002 was awarded to Jimmy Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development”.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 was awarded jointly to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2001 was awarded jointly to United Nations (U.N.) and Kofi Annan “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world”

    Teddy Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his work in the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Portsmouth ending the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. This made him the first American to win a Nobel Prize.

  5. #5 by brewski on March 26, 2013 - 11:59 am

    I didn’t realize that blatant hypocrisy was also a prerequisite.

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on March 26, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    IMHO the Nobel committee sometimes rewards those who dedicate their lives to promoting a peaceful world. Sometimes they reward occasional good behavior on the part of powerful people, in the hope of encouraging more of it. And sometimes, as in the case of President Obama, they just try to send a message.

  7. #7 by brewski on March 26, 2013 - 1:14 pm

  8. #8 by Richard Warnick on March 26, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    President Reagan said that nuclear weapons are “totally irrational, totally inhumane, good for nothing but killing, possibly destructive of life on earth and civilization.” … “[F]or the eight years I was president,” he wrote in his memoirs, “I never let my dream of a nuclear-free world fade from my mind.”

    But his advisers talked him out of total disarmament and sold him the “Star Wars” boondoggle instead.

  9. #9 by brewski on March 26, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    So you agree he should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize.

  10. #11 by brewski on March 26, 2013 - 5:04 pm

    I have met Al Gore once. He spoke to a small group of us at graduate school and I was fortunate enough to speak with him for a few moments. This was immediately after he wrote his book Earth in the Balance.

    I did go to classes every day as an undergraduate in a building named after another Peace Prize Laureate, but that doesn’t really count.

  11. #12 by Larry Bergan on March 26, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    I’m glad to see Bradley Manning get some good news for a change. I truly hope he wins!

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