Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Columbia, negotiated a peace deal with the left-wing rebels known as FARC, which has been conducting a guerilla war for 52 years. But on October 2, the people of Columbia voted down the agreement. Five days later, Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize.
I suspect the votes had already come in before the election. The committee never dreamed that Columbians would refuse to approve a peace deal. (Reportedly, voters thought the agreement was too lenient with the guerillas.) Nevertheless, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to someone for making peace, even though he didn’t actually make peace.
But as Jay Nordlinger shows, this isn’t the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has missed its mark. [Read more…]