Solzhenitsyn 1970: Remember when The Nobel Peace Prize went to people who earned it?
In 2009, Pres BO was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize. It is still one of the biggest “jokes” in recent memory. We just learned that President Santos of Colombia got the latest one for working on a peace deal with FARC.
At the same time, this is the same group that gave former Pres Carter and VP Gore a similar prize. The Carter prize could be defended because of his legitimate work in Central American elections in the early 1990s. The Gore prize was pure PC nonsense about global warming.
The question is: What are the judges drinking when they awarded Pres BO the Nobel? It can not be reality! Perhaps it was “Obamamania” with a teaspoon of “hope and change”.
The Nobel Peace Prize used to be a serious award.
We remember how Alexander Solzhenitsyn was give the prize back in 1970:
“The best-known living Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, wins the Nobel Prize for literature.
Born in 1918 in the Soviet Union, Solzhenitsyn was a leading writer and critic of Soviet internal oppression.
Arrested in 1945 for criticizing the Stalin regime, he served eight years in Russian prisons and labor camps.
Upon his release in 1953 he was sent into “internal exile” in Asiatic Russia. After Stalin’s death, Solzhenitsyn was released from his exile and began writing in earnest.
His first publication, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1963), appeared in the somewhat less repressive atmosphere of Nikita Khrushchev’s regime (1955-1964).
The book was widely read in both Russia and the West, and its harsh criticisms of Stalinist repression provided a dramatic insight into the Soviet system.
Eventually, however, Soviet officials clamped down on Solzhenitsyn and other Russian artists, and henceforth his works had to be secreted out of Russia in order to be published.
These works included Cancer Ward (1968) and the massive three-volume The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 (1973-1978).
The Soviet government further demonstrated its displeasure over Solzhenitsyn’s writings by preventing him from personally accepting his Nobel Prize in 1970.
In 1974, he was expelled from the Soviet Union for treason, and he moved to the United States. Although celebrated as a symbol of anticommunist resistance, Solzhenitsyn was also extremely critical of many aspects of American society; particularly what he termed its incessant materialism. He returned to Russia in 1994.
Solzhenitsyn died of heart failure in Moscow on August 3, 2008. He was 89.”
Solzhenitsyn was a great man, writer and hero. He was willing to write books in a country that did not tolerate dissent. He was tough and willing to stand up to the Soviet thugs in the Kremlin.
He was exactly the kind of man for a Nobel Peace Prize.
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) October 8, 2016