A Prize For Truth
The Nobel Committee is experiencing difficulty in
finding suitable candidates for the Peace Prize. Perhaps
the solution is to consider candidates over a broader
range of people.
What is as rare these days as a peace-maker? The
answer is: a truth-teller. Without truth-tellers, there
can be no peace-makers. This year the Nobel Committee
should consider giving the Peace Prize to a
To get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions:
Former high-ranking US military commanders Lt. Gen.
Robert Gard, Marine Gen. Joseph Hoar, and Vice Adm. Jack
Shanahan deserve consideration for their timely warning
in the UK Sunday Times that a military attack on Iran
"disastrous consequences." A US attack on Iran would
end all possibilities of peace in the Middle East. It
would be the crime of the century.
Normally, retired military men go along to get along.
They support their government`s decisions in exchange
for lucrative consulting contracts with the Pentagon or
with defense contractors. Speaking truth is personally
costly, but these three have spoken truth in the
interest of peace.
Former President Jimmy Carter is again qualified,
this time for his latest book which seeks to resolve the
problem at the heart of Middle East conflict–the
Israeli-Palestinian problem. For telling the truth in
the interest of peace, Jimmy Carter came under heavy
attack from those who seek to gain by the conflict.
Israeli peace activists Jeff Halper and Uri Avnery
should be prime candidates for the prize. Halper heads
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
Halper`s book, The Matrix of Control, describes
the reality of Israel`s occupation of Palestine. Uri
Avnery founded the Israeli peace group,
Gush Shalom, The Peace Bloc. Both of these peace
groups are rallying points for Israelis who understand
that the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East is
Israel`s mistreatment of the Palestinians.
Others deserving consideration are Keith Olbermann,
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. With force and
eloquence, Olbermann speaks truth to President Bush`s
warmongering. Jon Stewart and Colbert combat Bush`s
warmongering with humor. All three go head-to-head with
the President of the United States in the interest of
The investigative reporter
Seymour Hersh and the TV documentary producer
John Pilger also stand out as journalists whose
truth-telling is important in arming people against
leaders who would rush them into war.
Or perhaps an Internet site would be a worthy
recipient, such as one of the antiwar sites or
CounterPunch.org advances truth in the interest of
peace on a variety of fronts.
Vdare.com tells the truth about immigration, the
mishandling of which by governments is leading to future
False flag operations are proven ploys for launching
9/11 Scholars site is an encyclopedia of 9/11
analysis. The site deserves consideration for making
people aware of the treacherous actions to which
governments resort in order to start wars.
Professor David Ray Griffin and Professor Steven
Jones are also prime candidates. Professor Griffin has
done more than anyone, and certainly more than the 9/11
Commission, to get the truth about the 9/11 attack out
of the conspiracy in which it is hidden. Professor Jones
has made it clear that powerfully constructed buildings
don`t suddenly collapse merely because they are hit by
an airplane and experience limited short-lived fires.
The courage it took to take on these subjects is
inordinate. Their Peace Prize should come with courage
These suggestions are far from exhaustive.
Truth is a precious commodity. Not only does peace
depend on it, but also liberty and justice.
In the present day world we are confronted with
propaganda as Big Brother regimes everywhere smother the
truth and the right to know. The Nobel Committee could
greatly advance the cause of peace by honoring a
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Paul Craig Roberts
him] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington;
and the Soviet Economy and
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy,
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
here for Peter
Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.