Sunday, October 09, 2005

Nobel Peace Prize Standards are going Down

Well, I am a proud Egyptian. I am so proud of my people who were awarded Nobel Prize in the past, but I have to admit that picking up IAEA and its chief Mohamed ElBaradei. I knew why Naguib Mahfouz, Dr. Ahmed Zweil and President Sadat won the prize and I believe in their contribution to the humanity.

The British Guardian yesterday had this interesting story on a new document that names 300 organisations seeking nuclear and WMD technology. Now I can rest in peace and rely on the Nobel Peace Prize commission results on believing that the IAEA and Mohamed ElBaradei are making the world safer. Congratulations to all of us.


At 3:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you. I find the guy just a Bureaucrat who happens to head the Agency during a delicate time. As Head of an Agency to answer to an Executive that includes the US, he does not have much flexibility in taking actions, though maybe he can dictate his style, but not the politics. In my opinion, I beleive Hans Blix, the guy who was tormented in the US media, for claiming the WMD in Iraq was a farce and who was the predecessor of El-Baradei at IAEA, should have gotten recognition,
Egyptian in Germany

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

I have a big question mark in my head why this El-Baradei got this prize. I am really surprised. I am not so sure if the achieved enough at the nuclear and chemical fronts to have anyone recognized at this time when many ambitious untrustworthy countries are still seeking and pursuing nuclear programs.

At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The peace prize went in the crapper the year Yasser Arafat won... It's been downhill from there.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

oh do not mention to me Arafat taking Nobel peace prize that makes me feel nauseous.

At 7:43 AM, Blogger yochanan said...

he got the award to punish President Bush not for anything he did. The contrast between Anwar Sadat and yashir arafart is black and white.

At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Grantman said...

Here's something I saw the other day regarding the announcement:

"The IAEA’s “success” in not exaggerating the threat of Iraq in 2003 is compromised by the number of times it has missed a threat entirely:

* Before the 1991 Gulf War (before Dr ElBaradei’s appointment), the IAEA failed to detect Saddam’s nuclear programme. After the war, it was startled by the scale of his work to make fissile material.

* Under Dr ElBaradei, the IAEA missed the Libyan nuclear programme, which Libya chose to reveal after the 2003 Iraq war.

* It missed Iran’s 20-year covert nuclear research programme, exposed by Iranian dissidents three years ago.

* It failed to detect the “nuclear supermarket” run by A. Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist who sold plans and components to Libya, North Korea and Iran.

* It was slow to sound the alarm about North Korea’s conversion of its civil nuclear power into a weapons programme. The US accused North Korea of weapons ambitions in 2002."

Oh that is soooo worthy of a Nobel Prize.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Leap Frog said...

As soon as I opened the comments to say my thoughts on Nobel Peace prize awarding and arafat, I see Egyptian in Germany beat me to it. Expressed my thoughts exactly. The "prize" is polluted to me now.

Nice blog by the way.


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