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Monday, February 1, 2021

Who Will Win the Peace Prize?

            On Sunday, former President Donald Trump received yet another nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was also nominated recently for the prize. Both men were nominated for efforts made by the Trump administration to bring peace to the Middle East.

            When Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament nominated Trump back in September, he said the following: “For his merit, I think [Trump] has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.

            The latest nomination came from Jaak Madison, an Estonian member of the European Parliament justified a Trump nomination as follows: “Donald Trump is the first president of the United States in the last 30 years, whose office the country has not started any war. In addition, several peace agreements have been made under his leadership in the Middle East, which has helped ensure stability in the region and peace.”

            Stacy Abrams, a Democratic politician from Georgia, was nominated for the Peace Prize by Norwegian parliament member Lars Haltbrekken. He gave the following for his justification: “Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.” He added, “Abrams’ efforts to complete King’s work are crucial if the United States of America shall succeed in its effort to create fraternity between all its peoples and a peaceful and just society.” 

            Abrams may be deserving of the nomination, but another nomination is quite questionable. When Petter Eide, Norwegian Member of Parliament, nominated Black Lives Matter, he justified his nomination by calling the violent group “a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.”

            Any unbiased and thinking person should consider Trump as a likely candidate. He does have connection to the peace deals that were recently made in the Middle East, and he did not start any new wars in his four years in office. Black Lives Matter, otherwise known as BLM, is the movement that rampaged through numerous cities from May to September 2020. They may not have been involved in every riot, but they were certainly involved in most of them. How can anyone with good sense nominate BLM for the Nobel Peace Prize after watching them terrorize city after city for months?

            The ironic thing is that BLM is more likely to receive the prize than Trump. Abrams may beat them out, but Trump will mostly likely be far behind in votes. The prize committee is liberal and political, and they choose few conservatives or even people who have a record for working for peace. According to this site, Al Gore, Barack Obama, and Palestinian leader and terrorist Yasser Arafat have all received the Nobel Peace Prize. The BLM may be just as qualified as any of the three former winners! 

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