Greetings Friends ~
I've just been made aware that a nomination was made in February for George Bush and Tony Blair to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2002. I am alerting you that this has occured, and asking that if you disagree with this nomination, you click on the link below and send a message to the Nobel Institute to register your objection to the nomination.
Alfred Nobel left instructions in his will that the peace prize be "awarded annually to the persons whose work had been of the greatest benefit to mankind" and "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
* Tony Blair has ordered more military actions than any U.K. leader since World War II.
* George W. Bush has urged massive increases to the size and funding of the U.S. standing military.
* Both have initiated a war not only against Afghanistan, but an undefined, open-ended "War on Terrorism" which Bush administration officials daily threaten to expand to other nations such Iran, North Korea, and Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney told the Washington Post that the campaign of warfare the President was launching "may never end. At least, not in our lifetimes."
There are over 150 nominees for the Peace Prize ~ so being nominated doesn't necessarily mean they will be recognized with the prize when it's announced in October. However, it is important that the people's voices be heard; to date some 39,000 activists have voiced their objection. As with the Arctic, the more of us that speak up, the more likely it will be that the people's view will be represented.
We must each trust our own hearts and do what we know to be right; I know some of you have views that differ from my own. I simply ask that you consider what this award and recognition were created for, think about the men and their actions, and look wtihin yourself to see if indeed the two are in harmony.
Should you feel so inclined to discuss this, I would love to hear your perspective; this type of dialog and conversation can only lead us to a greater understanding of what peace really looks like and what it will take to end the cycle of violence against ourselves and the planet..
Here's the link if you want to submit an objection to the nomination: