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Odds-on Favorite Greta Thunberg Edged Out by Ethiopian PM for 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Odds-on Favorite Greta Thunberg Edged Out by Ethiopian PM for 2019 Nobel Peace Prize
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Exploited teenager and climate activist Greta Thunberg was the odds-on favorite to win the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for her global movement of getting kids to walk out of school to protest climate change or something.

But alas, Greta Thunberg did not win, according to the early-morning announcement on Friday. Instead, the prize went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea,” according to the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

While I’m sure few people would argue that he doesn’t deserve the prize, many on the left are miffed that Greta Thunberg was seemingly “snubbed.” The Washington Post even has a story “Why didn’t Greta Thunberg win the Nobel Peace Prize?” Much of the coverage of the announcement appears to question why she lost instead of celebrating the man who actually won.

Reactions on Twitter were mixed. With some people upset, and others glad:

Why were so many people wrong in thinking Greta was a shoo-in? I believe that the Nobel committee has likely been well aware of the damage to their reputation following Barack Obama’s winning of the award in 2009—a move that the Nobel secretary now looks back on with regret. Had Thunberg won this year it would have likely further damaged the prestige of the award.

Still, it’s disturbing to see how coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement has described Thunberg of being “snubbed” or “denied” the prize as though it should have been hers but the honor was stolen from her. She didn’t deserve the prize any more than Obama deserved his, and had she won it, it would have delegitimized the prize once again.

I hope the left stops crying over Greta’s “defeat” and instead starts to celebrate Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. It’s quite clear he was far more deserving of it.

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