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Bashar al-Assad: The Nobel Peace Prize Should Have Been Mine!

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Either Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is testing out his fallback career of being a stand-up comedian or he’s crazier than originally thought.

During a recent meeting with visitors at the presidential palace, Assad “joked” that he deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize instead of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is currently working to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal by mid-2014. The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported that the Syrian President said the coveted prize “should have been mine.” Good one Assad!

The Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee announced last week it would award the OPCW for its “extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons,” but Al-Akhbar, a newspaper sympathetic to the Syria regime, claims Assad said in 2003 that all nations in the region should hand over their chemical weapons. So really, he was robbed!!! Now he and Putin will have one more thing to talk about during their friendly get-togethers.

Even if Assad was joking about winning the peace prize, the 100,000 people who have died since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, including the 1,400 people who died in August in a chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb, probably don’t think it’s very funny.  In fact, the OPCW inspectors who are currently travelling through war zones trying to eradicate Syria’s chemical weapons probably don’t think it’s the best joke either. Maybe he should work on a new fallback career… may I suggest Beaker from the Muppet Show lookalike? The pay may not be great, but at least he can still work with chemicals.

Beaker Assad

Via: The Telegraph

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Putin Was Robbed! Chemical Weapons Group Wins Nobel Prize

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Hague-based group has been out and about in Syrian war zones implementing the international chemical-weapons treaty. But Syria’s not the only place they hang out – since the 1990s the OCPW has conducted over 5,000 inspections in 86 countries and destroyed 80 percent of the world’s chemical weapons. Syria is the first time they’ve had to do their jobs in an active war zone though.

OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu said the award (and the $1.8 million prize money) was a “great honour” and would spur it on in its work.

Other contenders for the prestigious prize were Malala Yousafzai and Russian President Vladimir Putin. One advocates for the rights of women and girls and survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban last year. The other kills journalists and is buddy-buddy with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Tough choice.

Malala Yousafzai just won the European Union’s annual human rights award on Thursday so she’s probably not too devastated about losing the Nobel Prize  to some chemical weapons inspectors. The Pakistani teenage activist beat out U.S. intelligence analyst/NSA leaker Edward Snowden. So again, the competition was pretty stiff….

But what about poor Putin? What’s he left with?

Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Russian advocacy group that credits him with finding a peaceful resolution to the Syrian-U.S. dispute over chemical weapons. The Russians argued that if US President Barack Obama could win in 2009, Putin should certainly be recognized in 2013. But sadly, he wasn’t. Now Putin will just have to go back to supplying Bashar al-Assad’s regime with weapons (non chemical ones are still cool), killing Chechens, and wrestling bears shirtless in Siberia.

Via: BBC News