Once, twice, three times a nominee


Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump has been nominated twice for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize: the first time, by a Norwegian “far right” politician, for his role in bringing about the diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates; the second time, by a Swedish parliamentarian, for a similar sponsorship of talks between Serbia and Kosovo. Now the third time:

Eminent law professor David Flint is among four Australian law professors who are nominating US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis of the “Trump Doctrine”…

Professor Flint told Sky News host Alan Jones the Trump Doctrine is “something extraordinary” and is emblematic of the two things which guide the president.

“He has, firstly, common sense, and he is only guided by national interest … and therefore an interest in the western alliance” he said.

“What he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided he would no longer have America in endless wars, wars which achieve nothing but the killing of thousands of young Americans.

“So he’s reducing America’s tendency to get involved in any and every war.

“The states are lining up, Arab and Middle-Eastern, to join that network of peace which will dominate the Middle-East.

“He is really producing peace in the world in a way in a which none of his predecessors did, and he fully deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Disclosure: Professor Flint was one of the examiners of my law doctorate some 18 years ago (finishing it was winning the Chrenk Peace of Mind Prize). Don’t blame him for passing me.

Unlike the other prizes founded and funded by the Swedish explosives magnate Alfred Nobel, the Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five appointed by the Norwegian Parliament instead of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Only a select group (including national-level parliamentarians, professors in certain disciplines and members of certain international organisations) can nominate individuals or groups for the award. The nominations are secret – unless the nominator chooses to publicise it, like all three did with Trump – and are kept secret for 50 years, so we have little idea of who the other 317 (so far) nominees are. Just about the only thing certain is that Orange Man could achieve world peace and disarmament and the award committee will find another, worthier recipient.

By the way, you know who else was nominated for the Peace Prize? Yes, Hitler. In 1939. As a joke. But there you go – yet another terrifying similarity between Donald and Adolf.