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Issue #1587      March 27, 2013

Peace prizes awarded to war criminals

French President François Hollande was awarded UNESCO’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa” according to the United Nations website: Former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano chaired the Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize. He stated that “After analyzing the global situation, it is Africa that held the attention of the Jury with the various threats affecting the continent” with instability affecting Northern Mali by various Al-Qaeda elements created by the west, gave France an opportunity to invade the former colony.

François Hollande.

“Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa, and on Mali in particular, as well as on the rest of the world, the Jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa.”

Does appreciating “the solidarity” shown by France mean killing hundreds of Malian people since the invasion? France has killed many civilians; that includes children.

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has accused French forces of killing civilians since there was “evidence that at least five civilians, including three children, were killed in an airstrike.” UNESCO’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize is similar to the Nobel Peace Prize whose past winners were known for war crimes.

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the notorious war criminal responsible for an estimated three to four million deaths during the Vietnam War, including the bombing of Cambodia, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. He was responsible for the overthrow of President Salvador Allende of Chile and installed fascist General Augusto Pinochet who created a police state among the Chilean population.

Kissinger also was instrumental in giving support to one of the worst dictatorships in human history, the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot. Henry Kissinger committed many other crimes including genocide under both Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford as an “advisor” under the NSA (National Security Agency) and as Secretary of State.

President Barack Obama was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize although he was in office less than a year. Obama has expanded Drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen, opened several US military bases in Colombia and one in Chile, he ordered a war in Libya without congressional approval, maintained a military presence in Iraq and escalated the war in Afghanistan.

Obama said that he was “Surprised” and “deeply humbled” after he received the award. He said the Nobel Peace Prize is a “Call to action”, meaning more war. It is fair to say that the US government has been involved in many “actions” across the world, whether militarily or economically that have done more harm than good.

The Nobel Peace Prize has also been awarded to three Israeli Prime ministers who have systematically committed numerous crimes against Palestinians – Menachem Begin in 1978, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres in 1994.

UNESCO’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize also awarded Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres in 1993 along with Yasser Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organisation for the Oslo Accords as an attempt by both sides to set up a roadmap to end the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The Oslo Accords actually failed since Israel never ended its occupation and continued to build Israeli settlements.

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize in 1994 and the Nobel Prize in 2002 were both awarded to former US President Jimmy Carter. Carter supported the dictatorship of the Shah of Iran and the Somoza dictatorship of Nicaragua. He also supported Indonesia’s Suharto militarily and diplomatically during the invasion and occupation of East Timor.

Under President Carter, US military aid to Suharto’s military increased causing the deaths of over 200, 000 East Timorese.

UNESCO’s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize are in fact an insult to world peace. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and the Nobel Peace Prize have both proved that Western political influence dominates both prizes.

Both awards for “peace” are a propaganda tool for Western powers to wage war to establish peace. The war on Mali will expand under Hollande as this new peace award condones him and other key players such as AFRICOM waging war to establish peace. Mali will see more war because peace is on the agenda, right?  

Next article – Venezuela’s ties with Africa

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