Following President Trump being nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, “The Atlantic” published a piece written by Graeme Wood arguing the prize should now be cancelled.
“The Trump nomination shows that peace had its chance and blew it” Wood writes in the tagline.
In the piece, Wood takes issue with Nobel prizes being awarded to those brokering peace in conflicts between Israel and neighbors more times than the international Committee of the Red Cross.
“If Trump wins the prize, it will be the fourth Nobel awarded for peace between Israel and its neighbors.” (The announcement will come on October 9.) “Woods writes “That will make Arab-Israeli peace mediators more successful at charming the Nobel Committee than the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has won three times in the prize’s 120-year history, but still less successful than my favorite, which is no one at all. ”
She later continues “The record of achievement of the peace laureates is so spotty, and the rationales for their awards so eclectic, that the committee should take a long break to consider whether peace is a category coherent enough to be worth recognizing. Peace had its chance, and blew it. The Trump nomination—one of hundreds, including this second from a Swede—helps show why.”
Wood concludes “All of this points to one of two conclusions: The Nobel Committee can either give the prize to do-gooder organizations such as the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders (and play things extra safe), or it can keep the prize locked away for a while, and reevaluate its reasoning for a modern era.”
She adds “I suspect that that reevaluation will end, if the committee is honest, with the admission that peace can be recognized only by its fruits, which take decades to mature, and not by its seeds. To keep giving awards for the seeds is to court embarrassment, and to make yourself hostage to wacky attention-seeking nominations like Trump’s. Better to shut it down, before the trolls do first.”
On Twitter, Atlantic Editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg’s tweet of the article sparked mockery and ridicule.
Jordan Schachtel wrote “Thank you for doing the heavy lifting and continuing to expose yourself as a Democrat operative”
Erielle Davidson wrote “This is silly. Trump does something worthy of it, so the entire system must be burned down?”
Another Twitter user wrote “your weapons grade TDS is showing. you might wanna do something about that. btw, that’s TWO major peace deals more than Obama had when he ‘won’ his Nobel.”