Nobel prize for Jimmy Carter

  1. Now this is really
    Jimmy Carter got the this year Nobel-prize for peace!
    Great honor for him.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    . . . and a former president.

    He deserves it!

    Cheers to him!

    Ted
  4. by   eltrip
    Cool! He's worked hard to live up to his faith, especially since he left the Presidency. I'm glad that he's been chosen.
  5. by   Stargazer
    This was well deserved. And about time, too--after being nominated 7 times without winning, Carter was rapidly becoming the Susan Lucci of the Nobel Prize!

    I think he makes a much better former president than president. He's setting an example of service extending well beyond his years in office that all presidents would do well to emulate. And I honestly don't get the feeling that he's just looking to get back in the spotlight or get publicity--most of the stuff he does is pretty low-key. He seems to just really value public service.
  6. by   Stargazer
    Here's an article about the award:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2319289.stm


    Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize


    Carter has been a tireless peace campaigner
    Former US President Jimmy Carter has been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
    The five-member committee chose Mr Carter for "decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development".

    Carter achievements
    Brokered and signed the Camp David Accords in 1978 between Israel and Egypt
    Persuaded former North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung to open discussions with South Korea
    Mediated in Haiti in 1994
    Helped broker ceasefire in Bosnia
    Made 2002 landmark visit to Cuba, calling for dialogue

    Although Mr Carter has not openly criticised President George W Bush's policy on Iraq, Friday's award "should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current administration has taken," said Committee chairman Gunnar Berge.

    "It's a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as the United States," Mr Berge said.

    In his acceptance statement, Mr Carter said he was "deeply grateful" for the honour.

    "This honour serves as an inspiration not only to us, but also to suffering people around the world, and I accept it on their behalf," he said.

    The former US president also called for greater efforts to promote peace and justice.

    "People everywhere share the same dream of a caring community that prevents war and oppression," he said.

    Mediation praised
    Announcing the decision, the Nobel Committee said that during his presidency from 1977 to 1981, Mr Carter's "mediation was a vital contribution to the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt, in itself a great enough achievement to qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize".

    "At a time when the cold war between East and West was still predominant, he placed renewed emphasis on the place of human rights in international politics."

    Mr Carter is the third US president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize - after Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt.

    He will receive the award at a ceremony at Oslo's City Hall on 10 December - the anniversary of the death of the prize's creator, Swedish industrialist - and the inventor of dynamite - Alfred Nobel.

    Other candidates
    A record 156 candidates were put forward for the prize this year, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai, dissidents and campaigning Irish rock star Bono.

    Organisations such as the European Court of Human Rights and the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague were also in the running.

    New York, which was worst hit in the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, was represented by its former mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

    The Committee also considered nominations for the Salvation Army, the Tiananmen Mothers, a network of women who lost relatives in the 1989 massacre in Beijing, and the ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians.




    They didn't even mention all his work with Habitat for Humanity.

    And may I just say how very happy I am that neither Rudy Giuliani nor Bono won?
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    Yay, Jimmy!! He certainly deserves it! :hatparty:
  8. by   sjoe
    Stargazer--I couldn't agree more that he makes a far better former president. As John McCain put it, he's is too good a person to really be aware of how not-good some other people are.
  9. by   CATHYW
    originally posted by stargazer

    i think he makes a much better former president than president. he's setting an example of service extending well beyond his years in office that all presidents would do well to emulate. and i honestly don't get the feeling that he's just looking to get back in the spotlight or get publicity--most of the stuff he does is pretty low-key. he seems to just really value public service.
    "jimmeh," as "rozlyn" says, is long past due for this! i totally agree with stargazer. this man is genuine, to the bone. i honestly believe that what you see is what you get. i would've voted for him for governer here in ga, but i didn't live here then. i did vote for him both times he ran. i don't always agree with his politics-after all, i am a republican!

    i met miz lillian the summer of 1977 (the year after jimmeh was elected) on the 4th of july in plains. it turned out that she and i both shared the same birthday. she was also an rn, and we talked about that some, too, even though i wasn't yet a nurse. she was a very plain-spoken lady, and i wish some of the folks who like to debate race could've met her. she would've set 'em straight as to what was what!:roll

    anyway, i think jimmeh has done at least as much for america, and the world, as a former president, as he did when he was president. that's the way his momma raised him!

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