December 31, 2003

ALL IN THE (SWEDISH) FAMILY:

Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix wins Olof Palme Prize (Canadian Press, 29/12/03)

Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix was named the winner of the $50,000 US Olof Palme Prize on Monday for his work in trying to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

"He has under circumstances of strong external pressure demonstrated an independence and a commitment to principle which have inspired respect and admiration throughout the world," the Olof Palme Memorial Fund for International Understanding and Common Security said.

The award is endowed by the family of the slain Swedish prime minister and the governing Social Democratic party. The memorial fund board, which chooses recipients, said Blix "worked throughout his life for the benefit of international law, peace and the United Nations."

Blix is a former Swedish foreign minister who led the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997 and retired from the United Nations in June.

In other news, The Canadian Liberal Party’s Award for International Courage and Virtue went to Jean Chretien.

Posted by Peter Burnet at December 31, 2003 8:49 AM
Comments

"'Blix worked throughout his life for the benefit of international law, peace and the United Nations.'"

Which some might translate, more succinctly, as "for the benefit of Saddam and his terror apparatus."

But hey, why quibble?

Blix worked hard, did put himself in no little danger, and no doubt deserves the prize.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 31, 2003 9:27 AM

Barry:

"Blix worked hard, did put himself in no little danger, and no doubt deserves the prize."

I can think of a few hundred thousand allied troops who trumped him on all those.

Posted by: Peter B at December 31, 2003 10:01 AM

I would be interested in hearing about previous winners. It may conlusively make the case that not only Blix deserved the price, but that the price deserved Blix.

Posted by: MG at December 31, 2003 10:39 AM

The guy deserves the prize. After all, it's for "trying to stop the spread". There's never a prize given for actually succeeding, or even being effective.

These prizes are just juvenile popularity contests, like the little group in high school who always make sure they get all the awards because it made them feel good .

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 31, 2003 3:09 PM
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