Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize

October 11, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Good morning:

CNN reports today:

The Nobel Peace Prize has turned the global spotlight back on the conflict in Syria.
The prize committee in Oslo, Norway, awarded it Friday to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international chemical weapons watchdog helping to eliminate the Syrian army’s stockpiles of poison gas.

Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland announced that the prize was awarded for all of the work performed by the organization to end the use of chemical weapons and “do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction.”

This choice surprised me because I was expecting the prize would be awarded to an individual. There is no doubt that the organization is carrying on extremely important and courageous work in a war zone.

This is not the first time that the prize has been awarded to an organization. For example, the prize was awarded to the European Union last year for its efforts to prevent disintegration.

What do you think about the selection?


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