Give the Nobel Peace Prize to Ayaan Hirsi Ali
From the desk of Fjordman on Mon, 2007-12-10 09:29
Today, Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, represented by Dr. R.K. Pachauri, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 in Oslo, Norway. The Peace Prize has been viewed by many as something of a joke after it was awarded to the Jihadist Yasser Arafat and to appeasers of Jihad like Jimmy Carter. However, it still generates a lot of media attention. If the Nobel Committee want to stay relevant they need to do some changes. The greatest challenge to world peace right now is not global warming, it's global Jihad. I therefore suggest that the next Peace Prize should be awarded to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
I have had a few minor disagreements with Hirsi Ali in the past, mainly because she has on some occasions compared Islam to other religions like Christianity and Judaism, which I believe is wrong. However, her views on this have matured considerably, and because of her background she has made criticism of Islam acceptable to people who would otherwise find it difficult to digest the arguments she presents, even though they are perfectly correct. She is no doubt an extremely courageous person. In spite of death threats she has never hesitated in pointing out that many of the problems in the Islamic world are caused by Islam itself. She is an invaluable asset to the fight against global Jihad and as worthy of the Prize as any other living person.
In my view, the Norwegian Nobel Committee will soon have to make a choice: If they want the Nobel Peace Prize to be a Global Celebrity Award for Outstanding Achievements in Political Correctness, they can give the next one to Bono of rock group U2. Or, they can do something meaningful, something that will actually advance the cause of peace and human liberty around the world, and award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Since members of national assemblies and parliaments can nominate candidates for the Prize, I hereby challenge MPs from the Progress Party in my country, or MPs from any infidel nation, to nominate Hirsi Ali. Other alternatives can be mentioned, too. Ibn Warraq, Ali Sina and Wafa Sultan are all worthy recipients of the Prize for their work and for championing the rights of one of the most abused and oppressed groups of people on the planet: Former Muslims who defy the traditional death penalty for leaving Islam.
Or, if the members of the Committee want somebody with a non-Muslim background, what about Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has remained steadfast in opposing Islamization despite the murders of his countrymen Theo van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn and the exile of Hirsi Ali? Author Robert Spencer, director of the website Jihad Watch, who patiently monitors the spread of Jihad terrorism across the world, is another excellent choice, as is Bat Ye'or, whose unique work on the plight of non-Muslims under Islamic rule has contributed immensely to our understanding of both the past and the present.
Being Norwegian myself, I would also like to make a suggestion to Norwegian authorities: Norway is, or at least was the last time I checked, the planet's third largest exporter of oil, after Saudi Arabia and Russia. If Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter of oil, spends money on promoting Jihad and sharia, is it not fair that Norway, the world's third largest exporter of oil, should spend a little on combating the same? The Norwegian Petroleum Fund amounts to hundreds of billions of dollars. Norwegian authorities could easily create a fund of a billion dollars or more earmarked for the defense of persons threatened for criticizing Islam. That's the least we can do in return for being blessed with wealth we did very little to earn.
This fund could be called the Theo van Gogh Memorial Fund, the Asma bint Marwan Memorial Fund after the poetess who was killed by Muhammad's followers 1400 years ago for mocking Islam, or perhaps the Charles Martel Foundation for Intercultural Understanding. Most citizens in my country wouldn't even notice if we spent a billion dollars on this, but such a fund, whatever we choose to call it, could have a big impact on the lives of people struggling to get their message across or simply to stay alive in the face of death threats.
It is true that smaller nations cannot win major ideological wars on their own, but that is no excuse for not doing our share. Israel is also a small nation, yet it has managed to hold the line against Jihad for decades, and Denmark, the only Scandinavian country with some spine left, has left its mark, too, in recent years.
We can make a difference. Norway was the fourth-largest shipping nation in the world at the outbreak of WW2 and was of major importance to the allied convoys in the Atlantic which kept the war efforts alive. A British publication stated that the Norwegian Merchant Fleet then was "worth as much to the allied cause as a million soldiers." We are currently faced with a world war of a different nature, and if we can make contributions that matter for the outcome of this great struggle for freedom then we should do so. It's time to make a stand. I would like my country to be remembered for something other than awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat or for sponsoring the Palestinian government and their terrorist cronies.
Submitted by marcfrans on Mon, 2007-12-10 23:33.
Since when does one have "to speak Polish" in order NOT "to be cut off from ALL sources"? I guess, that would make almost everybody "cut off from all sources". There are sources (about Poland and Poles) for non-Polish-speakers, some better than others.
But, Monarchist's comments about Milosz deserve consideration, and I agree with Quijybo that Milosz's books should not "be discounted because of his checkered life". Some people do improve over time in various respects. And, let's hope that Monarchist's English will also improve over time, so as to help reduce misunderstandings on this blog.
The Captive Mind
Submitted by Quijybo on Tue, 2007-12-11 05:01.
I want to stress the impact this book had on my thinking and encourage you all to read it. Milosz depicts, through four separate life stories (each based on an intellectual he knew) how a creative, vibrant lover of freedom and homeland could be seduced to serving an imposed, foreign totalitarian system. Milosz discussed Islam and its malcontents almost as an aside. You can read an article by Christopher Hitchens about this on slate.com. Like Hitchens, I was thunderstruck when I read Milosz's reference to Islam:
I recommend "A Captive Mind" to anyone who wants to understand how intellectuals become dhimmis.
Two qualifications on Fjordman's useful article
Submitted by RS on Mon, 2007-12-10 18:22.
First, every major religion has problematic passages in its scriptures. These need to be identified and criticized, which Ayaan Hirsi Ali has effectively and courageously done. But the politically more productive approach -- think, for example, of Erasmus -- is to deftly combine the criticism with reform proposals that move the scriptures in a humane direction. To the best of my knowledge this is the missing arrow in Hirsi Ali's quiver. Her defenders should be encouraging her to avail herself of this indispensable armament.
Second, Fjordman unwisely writes that "The greatest challenge to world peace right now is not global warming, it's global Jihad." Alas, to the contrary, the anti-growth and anti-technology lies and pseudoscience behind Kyoto, the current Bali conference, and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, will ensure a world of poverty, immiseration, and internecine warfare no less than global jihad. Indeed, the latter is the more important threat albeit seemingly the less imminent. It is the more important threat because it has widespread active support among Western elites and their naive mass followers. It represents an insidious threat of Western moral disarmament.
Behind both movements is a single, usually united oligarchy, centered in the United Nations and European Union bureaucracies and the Islamic fundamentalist ruling families and mullahs.
And the Award goes to....
Submitted by atheling on Mon, 2007-12-10 17:11.
It is a joke.
Personally, I think the person who invented bagged salad deserves the Nobel Prize more than anyone else in recent history.
Czeslaw Milosz was no communist
Submitted by Quijybo on Mon, 2007-12-10 15:00.
Read "The Captive Mind". Milosz was anything but a pro-communist apologist. The Captive Mind is all about the sellout of intellectuals to communism and the consequences. It is one of the most insightfully critical books about communism I have ever read. As an interesting aside, it compares the soul-deadening process of submitting oneself to the "new faith" of communism with the same process vis a vis Islam, long before anyone else was considering the similarity.
Submitted by Monarchist on Mon, 2007-12-10 17:38.
Milosz was a communist, anti-Polish and anti-Catholic. After WWII he served as a Stalinist diplomat in communist Poland. Himself admitted that he "five years loyally served to his people's fatherland" (letters to Melchior Wankowicz). He changed his mind just when communists temporary take away diplomatic passport from him. He was blind for much more serious Stalinist oppression of Polish patriots after the war. Still he was a leftist, on emigration refused to write for "Free Europe" because it was "too patriotic" for his taste. Signed protest against execution of Rosenbergs. Licked ass to communist internationale and finally was rewarded with this Nobel Prize. After "collapse" of communist system in Poland, he quickly found common language with post-communist elites.
I stand corrected
Submitted by Quijybo on Mon, 2007-12-10 20:18.
All I knew of him was "The Captive Mind". I'll have to read more, though I have no reason to doubt that your facts are accurate.
"The Captive Mind" is a worthy read for anyone who wants to understand how totalitarian systems seduce intellectuals, and should not be discounted because of his checkered life.
Submitted by Monarchist on Mon, 2007-12-10 21:24.
Well, objectively if you doesn't speak Polish then you are cut off from all sources.
Nobel peace prize is a joke,
Submitted by Monarchist on Mon, 2007-12-10 14:35.
Nobel peace prize is a joke, because practically only leftists could compete here. The same about literature, to mention Wislawa Szymborska and Czeslaw Milosz, a Polish laureates know here from pro-communist apologism, praising Lenin and similar to him. They sold their souls to communist regime and were awarded by their leftist brothers in Scandinavia.
Nobel Peace Prize
Submitted by kappert on Mon, 2007-12-10 14:07.
The Prize has been awarded to women living in Iran, Kenya and Guatemala, if you remember. It wouldn't be wise to award it to an enfant terrible living in prosperous Europe or America, criticizing the countries she once lived. If she would go to Somalia and become a politician, that would change a lot.
By the way: other 'candidates' are José Barroso (nobody knows why), and an unhappy ex-chess-player in Russia.
Ain't gonna happen...
Submitted by Atlanticist911 on Mon, 2007-12-10 12:34.
And here's why.
"The Peace Prize has been viewed by many as something of a joke after it was awarded to ... appeasers of Jihad like Jimmy Carter".
"Admiration.Our polite recognition of another's resemblence to ourselves".
- Ambrose Bierce.