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The Airbrushing of Egypt’s Mohamed ElBaradei

July 7th, 2013 - 1:54 am

The press has been scrambling this weekend to keep up with the fortunes of Egypt’s Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei. First it looked like he’d been named as interim prime minister of Egypt. Then it turned out it wasn’t a done deal. Whichever way that goes, the renewed spotlight on ElBaradei is inspiring comments about his erstwhile democratic credentials — for instance, The Washington Post web site has an item referring to Elbaradei’s “democratic idealism” and his “democratic credibility.”

Democratic? Really?

ElBaradei has two main credentials. He worked at the United Nations for almost 30 years, capping that career with his stint from 1997-2009 as director-general of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. And in 2005, together with the IAEA, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Neither of these provides any evidence of democratic principles. The Nobel Prize is a famous label, but it has been given to such a wide and utterly contradictory range of winners — from terrorist Yasser Arafat to Chinese democratic dissident Liu Xiaobo — that it could mean almost anything. The winner defines the prize, not the prize the winner.┬áIn the case of ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize committee, consisting of five members of the Norwegian parliament, picked a UN official during a year in which the UN, beset by the Oil-for-Food scandal in Iraq, badly wanted a boost. It’s hard to find any other reason why at that juncture the Nobel committee was suddenly inspired to celebrate ElBaradei and the agency he ran “for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes.” ElBaradei’s tenure as head of the IAEA had already spanned Pakistan’s nuclear breakout in 1998 as well as signs (which he preferred to ignore) of Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program; and in 2006, the year after he got his Nobel, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test.

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McCain is a beyond belief fool.
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He sounds like a bureaucrat's bureaucrat. The nowhere man. But to trot out my Inner Tom Friedman - that Panglossian miracle worker who always looks on the bright side - with all those Gyppos yearning to be free there must be a moderate in there somewhere. There just has be, so it must be ElBaradei. Stands to reason, doesn't it?
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IF not for Elbaredi's foot dragging and "encouragement", it is more than likely that Iran's genocidal program would have been stopped. He acted as its fig leaf, and back in 2009 exhorted that Israel couldn't stop it anyway! In effect, he posed as an Iranian agent, even though he was given the Peace Prize, not unlike the bloody handed Arafat. Color me none too bright, but was that in his job description? Rhetorical question.

In any case, Egypt isn't going down a democratic road anyway, regardless of the upheaval against the Brotherhood Mafia - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/06/egypts-brotherhood-mafia-defanged-for-now-yet-muslim-brotherhood-calling-the-shots-in-america-how-did-this-happen-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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THUS SPAKE THE SAUDIS
Clearly the Saudis spoke -- and were not happy with ElBaradei supporting the Iranians. Guess what they said..
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great essay Claudia .

wasn't he trying to be the MB front man before the elections?
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I would differ slightly ..instead of perceived potential they are awarded to those whose ideologies they wish to promote.
..............which is actually a lot worse.
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morsi lite.

he is bad news as well. but at least he will be directed by the military instead of the moon god
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McCain is a beyond belief fool.
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When I first saw el Baradai's name as possible interim Egyptian PM, my thought was how the Iranians played him when he headed up the IAEA.

Gave him a carpet, with his image woven in & ElBaradai responded to the flattery, gave their nuclear ambitions room.

He also made noises about running for Egyptian PM a year ago, which I thought was a bad idea.

Think of him as a weak, sycophantic sort.
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I don't think the Iranians played him. HE PLAYED THE WEST.. ..which isn't much of an accomplishment.
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Playing the west is looking like child's play.
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As concerning anything, anything at all, about Nobel prizes, this pasted comment from Claudia Rosette should be read slowly, and thoughtfully:

"The - winner - defines - the prize...."

She mentioned Yasser Arafat, that virtuous [in a Muslim's eye] paragon of Muslim treachery, grizzled, smirking fugitive-leader of butchering Muslims who shook hands with Billy Clinton, and so horrifically, with Rabin for the photo "op" of the current era, as a Nobel recipient. The expression on Rabin's face in that photo seemed to register dutiful but cautious acceptance of realpolitik. He was soon to be murdered.

"The winner defines the prize"

Next, among others, permit me to add one B. Hussein Obama.

There's no need to add anything to that patent travesty.

Remember Marie Curie? ......no?........then stop right here and look up her name for a rude and startling contrast in .....Qualifications...... and........ Achievement.

Compare the two malignancies associated with Marie Curie and then, B.Hussein Obama.

And, to top off everything, B.Hussein Obama was elected, twice, to the presidency of The United States.

Last, this elBaradei chameleon.

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Comparing Arafat, Obama, ElBaradei and Mme. Curie would be a much more telling comparison if they had each won the same prize. Curie's prizes (she won twice) were for chemistry and physics. Arafat, Obama, and ElBaradei won Peace Prizes. All they have in common is that both categories have the "Nobel" name on them. It would be better to compare Arafat, ElBaradei and Obama with other Peace Prize winners.

Not that I disagree with your assessments of Obama, Arafat or ElBaradei. Sometimes, I think the Nobel committees are giving prizes for the recipients perceived potential rather than their actual achievement; that is certainly how I perceive Obama's Nobel.
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Granted, I created a diverging apples/oranges situation; the point I broadly missed making was one of comparing Marie Curie's vivid achievement and background credentials with those of an empty affirmative-actioned mere diploma holder form Chicago and Harvard.

What would Alfred Nobel say about his prizes today......polish up your Ouidja Board.

Our World is turned upside down.
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