The Nobel Committee Gets it Right, Awarding Peace Prize to Dissident Liu Xiaobo
October 8, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – On Friday the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee awarded the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident. On cue the Chinese Government called the award “blasphemous” and likewise most of Europe praised the decision. Here we are still awaiting official word. China, employing their usual strong arm tactics, threatened actions against the Norwegian government even though they have no affiliation with the Nobel committee. Ministry spokesman for the Chinese government made the rather illogical statement “Liu Xiabobo is a convicted criminal sentenced to jail by Chinese justice authorities for violation of Chinese law. His acts are in complete contradiction to the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize.” Apparently the Chinese Government has never researched the history of the Nobel Prize or they have a completely different definition of the word “Peace.”
The guideline for awarding the Peace prize was spelled out by the founder of the Nobel Prize, Mr. Alfred Nobel himself. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who:
” …shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
So what did Liu Xiabobo do to get jailed by the Chinese government and subsequently get awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
Mr. Xiabobo’s great crime according to China is that he is a signatory on a very controversial document entitled Charter 8. This document calls for subversive ideas such as: Democracy, Tax Reform, Social Security, and Protection of the Environment. In China if you believe that the Government is wrong and state so, you can be jailed on subversion. Can you imagine for one second if that was the case in the US? These ideas are so frightening to the Chinese government that they are willing to imprison their own citizens who think differently. Many of these ideas are the bedrock of Western Civilization, therefore Mr. Xiaobo’s award is not only just but long overdue.
Where does this desire for freedom come from? Where does these thoughts of Democracy originate. In Liu’s case he attributes his education and desire to live a life of dignity and honesty to his, at least according to the Chinese, radical ideas. It is of note that the first time Liu was imprisoned was after a long book tour of Europe and the US. Maybe our greatest export isn’t cigarettes and soda, maybe its ideas.
In China only the South China Independent news reported on the award, most of the country will not know that one of theirs was honored with the prize. Most European Nations will praise openly the dissident and his work. What will America, the beacon of freedom, the shining city on the hill, the last great hope for this world, do? What do we prize more than Democracy? Let us hope that Americans will all praise the award and with our democratic brethren in Europe and elsewhere demand that China allow for the freedom of thought and speech. Let us hope that we stand for Democracy, Freedom and Human Rights. Let us hope that we prize dignity more than we prize cheap goods. What will you do? What will our Government do? So far we are still waiting.