The ignoble Nobel
The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 is mired in controversy.
The reason being the choice of China’s convicted prisoner Liu
Xiaobo for the award.
It is difficult for anyone to understand how the ideals of
the Nobel Peace Prize could be compatible with such a choice.
According to the last will of Alfred Nobel the Peace Prize
should be awarded to the person who “shall have done the most
work for fraternity between nations for the abolition or
reduction of standing armies and for the holding of Peace
Liu Xiaobo has never been a peace activist but an agent of US
imperialism who was involved in subverting the State and social
order in China. He was convicted for subverting the State in
December 2009 and sentenced to prison for 11 years. It is a sad
reflection on the Nobel Prize Committee that they found no one
other than an agent provacateur and a convicted criminal to
award this year’s peace prize. Having being a not much known
University lecturer in China he had later spent several years in
Norway and the United States.
In this context it is clear that the Nobel Prize Committee
had been driven by political considerations that are alien to
the founder’s will. This is not the first time such political
awards have been made by the Nobel Prize Committee. For example,
it awarded the prize to the United States President Barack Obama
last year. Strangely it was awarded not for what he has done but
for what he would do in future.
More controversial was the peace award to Henry Kissinger the
US Secretary of State and Security Advisor to the President in
1973. Kissinger was in the forefront in leading the aggressive
war in Vietnam and other Indo-Chinese countries. He is
particularly accused of war crimes in Cambodia during that
period. He was also implicated in the ouster of democratically
elected Government of President Allende in September 11,1971.
Further, he was also alleged to have been involved in the
assassination of Chilean General Rene Schneider following the
coup in which Pinochet came to power.
The award to Liu Xiaobo is nothing but an undue intervention
in the internal affairs of the People’s Republic of China. It is
part of a conspiracy to subvert the State and the social system
in that country. There is no way it could enhance ‘fraternity
between nations’ as the Nobel Prize founder expected.
The Nobel Prize Committee should have known that their choice
would strain relations between nations rather than enhancing
fraternity between them. Obviously the Committee seems to be
hand in glove with the neo-conservatives in the US who being
frustrated at the growing economical and political power of the
PRC want to lower its international standing and prestige.
It is no wonder that nearly 20-odd countries have boycotted
the Nobel award ceremony. They include Russia, Saudi Arabia,
Vietnam, Pakistan, Philippines, Iraq and Afghanistan among
Sri Lanka has also decided to boycott the ceremony in
solidarity with China as announced by the External Affairs
Ministry. This is a wise decision. China was in the forefront of
nations that supported Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council in
Geneva when the Western powers attempted to bring a motion to
censure the country over alleged human rights violations during
the last phase of the humanitarian operation.
China is a true friend of Sri Lanka. She has assisted us
throughout and specially when we were facing difficulties. It is
nothing but right that we reciprocate this goodwill and
assistance by boycotting the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony
which is to be used as a new launching pad to censure China.
Today human rights has been made a political issue. West’s
double standards in this respect are well known. It is immoral
for the mass scale violators of human rights in Vietnam,
Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and a host of countries around the
world to pontificate the developing countries and censure them
in the name of human rights.
Besides, human rights are several-fold, namely political and
economic and cultural. The developed countries that point an
accusing finger at developing countries have very unsatisfactory
records in ensuring the economic rights of their citizens. Even
in the case of political rights they do no have a clean record.
Most recently the Wikileaks episode exposed them bare. As we
commented on an earlier occasion the Empire stands stripped.