It has a great track record:

If you total the effects of military intervention in the Middle East, there have been about 100,000 confirmed civilian deaths in Iraq (link) but it is estimated that there were that many deaths just in the first 18 months, and one million deaths to date. It is further estimated that 55% of the deaths were women and children under 12 . US and coalition forces are responsible for more than half of civilian deaths .

***These numbers are only for Iraq and do not include Afghanistan or any of the other places where civilians may have been killed.

The Nobel panel has picked some real winners over the years:

Take, for example, FDR’s Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Hull received the Prize in 1945 for his role in founding the United Nations. Apparently, his assiduous efforts to enable the further extermination of the Jews were of little import to the Prize Committee. Another laureate, Woodrow Wilson (1920), took decidedly repugnant views on civil rights: Along with his fellow laureate Theodore Roosevelt (1906), he complained vociferously about the threat that “hyphenated Americans” posed to U.S. civil society. More recent offensive nominees have included the acknowledged extortionist Yasser Arafat (1994), the fabricator Rigoberta Menchú (1992), and the incompetent Mohamed ElBaradei (2005). Finally, the Committee mysteriously chose to nominate Barack Obama for the prize in 2009 after his having served as president for less than a year. You may know him as the man who made “drone” a household word.

Of course, the Committee has also made less controversial picks, including Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964), Elie Wiesel (1986), and Lech Walesa (1983). One wonders whether or not they would appreciate their Prizes in the context of their ignominious company, but more damning is the fact that other obvious candidates, including Mohandas Gandhi, Vaclav Havel, and Ken Saro-Wiwa somehow never made it.

You can see why I’ve never thought much of the Nobel panel.

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