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Sunday, March 06, 2005

Sistani for Nobel Peace Prize?


According to this article at CNN, some groups are pushing for Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to receive the next Nobel Peace Prize.

Al-Sistani, 75, is Iraq's most-revered Shiite cleric and also a symbol of Shiite political power. He has spoken out repeatedly since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, opposing anti-American violence and calling for an end to conflict, including a bloody summer uprising by rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

If Carter and Yassir Arafat deserve the prize why not Sistani. After all, Sistani has managed to keep the peace in a difficult situation and is not known to have approved bogus elections or sent $billions meant for his own people to fund his wife's lifestyle in Paris.

Selecting Sistani, however, would not display the Bush bashing sentiment that lead the Lefty Jew hating Nobel Committee to select Carter in 2002. As such, I beleive that his selection is unlikely. Instead look for Hugo Chavez to win the next prize for his unwavering pursuit of "social justice" and anti-Americanism.