Saturday, February 11, 2012

Icelandic Parliament Nominates Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize

I'm so proud of the Icelandic Parliament. Judy is half Icelandic, so our kids can not just be proud, but feel that pride in their being.

Here's a list of winners who were repressed by their government at the time of the award:
Four Nobel laureates were not permitted by their governments to accept the Nobel Prize. Adolf Hitler forbade three Germans, Richard Kuhn (Chemistry, 1938), Adolf ButenandtGerhard Domagk (Physiology or Medicine, 1939), from accepting their Nobel Prizes, and the government of the Soviet Union pressured Boris Pasternak (Chemistry, 1939), and (Literature, 1958) to decline his award.
Will Obama join the heads of states of Nazi Germany and the USSR in putting some kind of external pressure on this potential award?  Should Manning be the recipient of the Peace Prize, he would be the first American since Obama to be so honored.  Should Manning get it, will he be allowed to go to Oslo to receive the award?

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