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Wednesday, 14 March 2007

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Saddam, like Ghandi, so nearly a Nobel winner

Documents presented to The Spoof show that Saddam Hussein was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last year. The documents, confirmed as genuine by experts, show that the executed former leader of Iraq was about to win the coveted prize for peace. In a major embarrassment for the Nobel Committee, this leaked document shows that Saddam Hussein's Baath Party received nomination papers in 2006 in spite of the occupying authorities banning the Baath Party on May 16, 2003.

The banned party received nomination papers due to its former good relationship with the west. Nomination to the Nobel Peace Prize is by invitation only. The Nobel Committee sends confidential forms to persons who are competent and qualified to nominate. The names of the nominees and other information about the nominations cannot be revealed until 50 years later.

The papers show that The Nobel Committee sent out invitation letters in September 2006 containing confidential forms to Baath Party individuals qualified to nominate: members of national assemblies, governments, and international courts of law, university chancellors, professors of social science, history, philosophy, law and theology.

29th December 2006, Saddam Hussein's nomination is received.

30th December 2006, Saddam Hussein is executed.

Historians have drawn comparisons between Saddam Hussein and Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) who was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and, finally, a few days before he was murdered in January 1948. Ghandi has become the strongest symbol of non-violence in the world, and should have won the Nobel Peace Prize. During the last months of his life, Gandhi worked hard to end the violence between Hindus and Muslims which followed the partition of India, similar to the violence between Shias and Sunnis which has divided Iraq.

We know little about the Norwegian Nobel Committee's discussions on Hussein's candidature in 2006, but it seems clear that they seriously considered a posthumous award.

Henry Kissinger won half of the Nobel Peace prize in 1973.

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