Would you put your money on the Sydney Peace Prize going in the right direction this year given that the Sydney Peace Foundation gave their cheque to Noam Chomsky last year and earlier winners include John Pilger and Hanan Ashrawi for her work in putting a smiling human face to Arafat's attacks on family restaurants and teenage nightclubs during the Second Intifada?
You could look East and go for the Confucius Peace Prize. But given that the first winner in 2010 was a former Deputy Premier of the Republic of China who didn't hear about it until after the presentation and last year's winner was Vladimir Putin you may well be the only person in the world to take it seriously.
Know of any other peace prize that would command respect for itself and bestow any on a recipient? Know of any other peace prizes at all? I'm sure they're out there. I want to believe.
In order to tackle this acute credibility deficit in the global peace prize business head on and to fill a yawning gap in this tired market this blog has decided to introduce its own peace prize. The Geoffff's Joint Peace Prize will be awarded periodically as the mood takes.
The nominations for the inaugural Geoffff's Joint Peace Prize are:
- The USAF Stealth Drone Avenger that took out this guy
- The IAF for this action on 9 March 2012
And the winner is:
Israel's Security Fence !!
Without question the most successful and enduring peace initiative since Begin and Sadat.
Congratulations State of Israel.