Friday, October 10, 2008

Martti Ahtisaari wins the Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace prize goes to former Finish president and diplomat Martti Ahtisaari. Ahtisaari has had a long and successful career dealing with achieving peace in Namibia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Aceh region of Indonesia.

While active he tended to stay out of the spotlight internationally. Few ever heard of his name. However, while the scares of the past hurt and some areas still simmer with rage, no one can deny Ahtisaari had a playing hand in bring peace to the world. Congradulations Martti Ahtisaari!

10 comments:

marko said...

BBC film about the Nobel Prize. History, conditions, which rewards and much more in this remarkable movie!
http://tubedirect.net/index.php?q=Nobel-Prize-2008
Highly recommended!

Brian Barker said...

I regret that Esperanto did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize, because it is a much neglected topic. At least nine British MP's nominated the language, for the Prize.

Solid arguments for Esperanto can be seen on the Youtube video, by Professor Piron, a former translator at the United Nations.

If you have time please check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LV9XUI regret that Esperanto did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize, because it is a much neglected topic. At least nine British MP's nominated the language, for the Prize.

Solid arguments for Esperanto can be seen on the Youtube video, by Professor Piron, a former translator at the United Nations.

If you have time please check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LV9XU

Catholicgauze said...

Thanks for the comment Brian. While Esperanto is a good thought, if it would have won, it would show what a useless prize the Nobel is.

Esperanto has done nothing for the world and not solved one conflict or bettered one man.

Brian Barker said...

Esperanto is not, repeat not, a good thought. It is a living language.

I would not accuse anyone of prejudice but I would ask everyone to check the facts.

Can I ask you to see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

Otherwise http://www.lernu.net might help?

Brian Barker said...

Where did you get the information that "esperanto has not bettered one man"

I would not accuse anyone of prejudice but I would ask everyone to check the facts.

Can I ask you to see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

Otherwise http://www.lernu.net might help?

Francis Deblauwe said...

I tracked the Google-popularity of the rumored Noble Peace Prize nominees during the last 12 months. Interesting: Ahtisaari was anything but the most popular... See on my Word Face-Off blog.

Catholicgauze said...

What about Ido or Esperanto II- they fix the errors of Esperanto? The reason why not: they have not helped to bring about world peace.

Jens said...

In any case, the Nobel prizes are supposed to go to people, or at least that's the way Nobel put it in his will. I know they can go to multiple people, but I don't think you could possiby give it to a language or tool or something abstract like that. If Zamenhof were still alive I suppose you could make an argument for that, but not for a language. That would be like saying that we should give the Nobel prize to the wheel.

Jens said...

Actually, before posting my comment I didn't see that it wasn't actually Esperanto that was nominated, but the UAE? That makes a difference, but one of the posters said it was "Esperanto" that was nominated.

Catholicgauze said...

Jens,
I agree with you that prizes should go to people or groups. Very good point. Ideas can change things but people make the idea.