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Friday, October 11, 2002

Carter Wins Nobel Peace Prize: Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that. He's done good work with Habitat for Humanity and other human rights abuses, even if Fidel Castro is his best friend. That said, although it appears that the Nobel committee comments on politics often, they may have gone over the line with their latest statement.

"With the position Carter has taken...(the award) can and must also be seen as criticism of the line the current U.S. administration has taken on Iraq," Berge, a former Labour cabinet minister, told reporters after announcing the award.

Asked if it was a "kick in the leg" at Washington, Berge said: "Yes, the answer is an unconditional 'yes."' A "kick in the leg" is a Norwegian phrase meaning "a slap in the face."

Obviously, the U.S. isn't going in without international support. They never have planned to, except as a total last resort. I mean, CARTER gets it, so why can't the committee?:

"Every one of those has now been changed and I listened with care the other night to President Bush's speech and he said in many of those things just the opposite, that we would indeed work through the United Nations and we did not have any intention of acting unilaterally," Mr Carter said.

That said,
David Skinner wants Carter to give the award back in light of the committee's statements. Not happening, but my first reaction was that the committee's statements were reprehensible, so it's nice to see someone agree (Note: I couldn't find any article defending Berge, or I would have thrown it in).


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