What’s Zulu (or Afrikaans, for that matter) for “shut the [bleep] up”?
Three Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have contested the awarding of this year’s prize to the European Union, saying the 27-nation bloc contradicts the values associated with the prize because it relies on military force to ensure security.
In an open letter to the Nobel Foundation, Tutu of South Africa, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina demanded that the prize money of 8 million kronor ($1.2 million) not be paid out this year.
The EU “clearly is not one of ‘the champions of peace’ Alfred Nobel had in mind” when he created the prize by including it in his will in 1895, they wrote in the letter, a copy of which was acquired by the AP on Friday. “We ask the board of the foundation to clarify that it cannot and will not pay the prize from its funds.”
They said the EU condones “security based on military force and waging wars rather than insisting on the need for an alternative approach.”
Do I recall Bishop Tutu denouncing the award to Yasser Arafat? I do not. To Barack Obama? Nope. To Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Mohamed ElBaradei, Henry Kissinger, and Woodrow Wilson? Uh-uh, no way, you’re kidding, get real, as if.
Not that I think the EU is worthy, it’s just no less worthy than many of other recipients—see above, not least Tutu himself.
For while Tutu is justly lionized as a hero among South Africans for his brave stand against apartheid, he is or should be universally condemned and shunned for his libels, slanders, and calumnies against Israel.
Instead, he gets a million dollars:
A billionaire’s foundation announced Thursday [October 4] a one-off $1 million award to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu for “his lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power.”
The foundation, which promotes good governance in the continent, was established by Sudan-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim.
Tutu is more deserving of an award from Idi Amin (the Golden Liver? the Pickled Finger of Fate?) than from Mo Ibrahim, but ah well, such is life. We knew there was good money in antisemitism, but not this good. Don’t spend it all in one place, Des.