The Nobel Peace Prize should have gone to the Government of China and not a lone Chinese dissident. The fact of the matter is that China has been a major force for world peace while the governments of the Western nations have been pushing for never-ending war.
The current “financial crisis” was started because the Chinese government and Chinese people realized that if they plowed their surplus US dollars into US and Western government bonds, they would be financing a giant military industrial murder machine.
Instead, they chose to spend their hard earned dollars helping the poor countries of the world develop. This is forcing the US government to rethink its strategy of never-ending war. The Pentagon has announced annual 10% cuts in its military spending now precisely because the Chinese government asked the question: “Why should be pay for you to kill us?” [Steve: It’s about time the Chinese asked this question.]
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded in the past to murderers like Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. Two years ago it was given to Al Gore and the authors of the Global Warming fraud. Last year they awarded the prize to Barack Obama shortly before he announced an escalation of the genocidal war in Afghanistan. In other words, the Nobel Peace Prize has lost much of its credibility.
This is not to say that China is perfect or that it has a free press. Any society that does not have freedom of information will eventually succumb to corruption and China clearly has a lot of work to do on that front. However, for a Western organization to single out China is like the pot calling the kettle black.
The Chinese government may arrest some people who are believed in the West to be “pro-democracy” advocates but they do not go around murdering scores of journalists like the US and many other governments do. There are 88 unsolved cases of the murder of journalists in Iraq alone and a UK government panel ruled the US armed forces deliberately killed a journalist in one of those cases. The US government ignored the finding.
If the Nobel Peace Prize committee was serious about freedom of the press they should have given the peace prize to an organization such as the Committee to Protect Journalists. If they were serious about promoting democracy, they should have given to prize to journalists like Jeff Rense or Paul Craig Roberts who correctly point out the US government is now fascist and not democratic.