A curveball hits the American psyche.

Imagine what a curveball it would be to the American psyche if Edward Snowden won the Nobel Peace Prize. In a country where 80% of people think he’s a traitor, the finger could finally turn on the nation ... Snowden holding the mirror.

For too long the United States has been able to carefully stage-manage the geopolitical levers of global legitimacy, able to shift the world’s attention from their misgivings to the actions of others. Obama was given the prize in 2008, but it wasn’t enough to steer the US into a sane and sustainable direction ... the world leader some still think it can be. Since then we’ve only seen drones ... and more drones. The Nobel Laureate Edward Snowden would be a not-so-subtle reminder for Obama to walk his talk ... to live up to that original hope Oslo once believed he stood for.

The rebel-side of America has been subdued for far too long. Washington. Adams. Hale. Jefferson. Let’s remind them of the better angels of America, the country that it could be, the one that was dreamt up, idealistically, by individuals just like Snowden who stood for principle at all costs.

Snowden wining Nobel peace prize at this critical moment in history would be a bombshell exploding at the heart of America’s military-industrial complex that could bring this out-of-control spy-op to a sudden shuddering halt.

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The Nobel committee consists solely of politicians:

Jagland (Centre-left)
Reiss-Anderssen (Centre-left)
Stålsett (Centre-left)
Five (Right)
Ytterhorn (Far right)

All of them are pro-establishment, pro-NATO etc., aged about 60-80. They are likely to give the prize to some unknown dissident in a minor third world country (Suu Kyi, Menchu, etc.), to an NGO connected with few controversies (Red Cross, Médecins sans frontières), or to the Western establishment (Obama, EU). My guess is that they will favour some indigenous figure this time. It is much more likely that IMF, the European Central Bank, George Soros, the Pope or even NATO gets the peace prize than Snowden or Putin.

In other words, I have no idea why foreigners are interested in the Nobel peace prize at all. Having played the role of an aggressor in several international conflicts since 1999, Norway is no longer a neutral or even peaceful country, and the political landscape is not overly pro-peace. This even worsened significantly in the recent elections, after which the new far right government more or less promised to attack more countries. Rather than trying to influence a prize that already seems rotten to the core, one might want to highlight other, more earnest efforts, such as the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize.

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note that the announcement for 2013 prize is supposed to be on October 11 this year.


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however the Snowden nomination was received six months too late for the 2013 peace prize.
Suggest write in support of Manning's nomination.
2013 announcement will be Oct 11 ( it says here))

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