Last February Mark Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation nominated Rush Limbaugh for the Nobel Peace Prize. Rush is certainly more deserving than the hot-air-filled Al Gore. Nonetheless, the Nobel committee in yet another political statement awarded Gore the prize along with the U.N. Intergovernmental blah, blah, blah, Panel...
Here is a list of other deserving people who did not win the Nobel Peace Prize, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board:
In Olso Friday, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was not awarded to the Burmese monks whose defiance against, and brutalization at the hands of, the country's military junta in recent weeks captured the attention of the Free World.
The prize was also not awarded to Morgan Tsvangirai, Arthur Mutambara and other Zimbabwe opposition leaders who were arrested and in some cases beaten by police earlier this year while protesting peacefully against dictator Robert Mugabe.
Or to Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in Vietnam arrested this year and sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the pro-democracy group Block 8406.
Or to Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Uyyouni, co-founders of the League of Demanders of Women's Right to Drive Cars in Saudi Arabia, who are waging a modest struggle with grand ambitions to secure basic rights for women in that Muslim country.
Or to Colombian President Àlvaro Uribe, who has fought tirelessly to end the violence wrought by left-wing terrorists and drug lords in his country.
The editorial also mentions Chinese bloggers who "run the risk of arrest" bringing "uncensored information to their countrymen" and the "people of Iraq" who at great risk are trying to rebuild their country. While many people might consider the nomination of Rush Limbaugh a joke of sorts, (although the nominating letter was compelling and accurate) clearly those on the WSJ's list are truly deserving and would have no doubt put the prize money to much better use.
These men and women put their own lives and livelihoods at risk by working to rid the world of violence and oppression. Let us hope they survive the coming year so that the Nobel Prize Committee might consider them for the 2008 award.
I'm not holding my breath.