Adding a caveat, Zunes noted, “Nevertheless, the fact that the OPCW exists made it possible to avoid a U.S. attack on Syria and the likely disastrous consequences that would have resulted.”
Similarly, Fredrik Heffermehl, author of The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted, said today:
Other nominees for this year’s peace prize included Malala Yousafzai, 16-year-old education activist who survived a gunshot by the Taliban, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, among many others.
Following 2009’s “unwarranted award to Barack Obama,” as commentator Richard Silverstein writes, “the Nobel Committee has shown its increasing irrelevance by not picking someone like Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden. It seems to want to stay away from controversy, but how else could you really push for peace?”
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