Friday, October 07, 2005

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Ineffective U.N. Agency

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its director, Mohamed ElBeredei, for efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to ensure safe civilian use of nuclear energy. I guess the Nobel committee considers anti-Bush bias to be more important than effective progress toward peace.

Last fall, about one week before the presidential election, the IAEA leaked information about the disappearance of high explosives in Iraq. As the Washington Post observed,

[T]he sensation over the missing explosives emanates from the International Atomic Energy Agency, whose director, the Egyptian Mohamed ElBaradei, has been an adversary of the Bush administration on Iraq since well before the war. ... The fact that he was providing easy fodder for Mr. Kerry's campaign just eight days before the presidential election evidently did not deter this U.N. civil servant.

The ineffectiveness of the IAEA's efforts in North Korea and Iran are obvious to all. Why, other than a bias against the President of the U.S., would the Nobel Peace Prize Committee award the Peace Prize to a U.N. agency with a record of no accomplishments?


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