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Friday, October 07, 2005

For Outstanding Service to Terrorist States...

Mohammed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. The IAEA was the organization that was supposed to make sure that countries like North Korea and Iran didn't get nuclear weapons. It didn't quite work out that way. In fact, the organization had pretty much the opposite effect. Tyrants learned long ago that if they offered minimal cooperation to the IAEA, they could continue their weapons programs for as long as necessary. Iraq, Iran, and North Korea all had secret programs for years, while the international experts certified compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In 2003, it was discovered that inspectors had be duped for two decades. Back then Charles at LGF commented:

Mohamed El Baradei, director-general of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, says the IAEA didn’t miss a thing about Iran’s nuclear program. Oh sure, Iran has had an active program for almost 20 years now, but the IAEA didn’t miss a thing.


Two years later, Iran is no closer to genuine cooperation. The only thing that inspections have done is to put off meaningful action. So why is ElBaradei receiving this award?

Oops, I think I just answered my own question. When Jimmy Carter got the 2002 Peace Prize, several members of the prize committee openly stated that the award was meant as a poke in the eye to American hawks. This year, the world watches as the mullahs issue weekly threats: they're going to stop cooperating if the IAEA keeps insisting that they cooperate. And after another stern warning, ElBaradei lets the Iranians get back to their bomb-building. Any military strike against the weapons programs would bring worldwide condemnation - not of the Iranian cheaters, but of any world leader who put an end to the cheating. After all, the diplomatic process hadn't "failed" yet.

By providing dictators with a fig leaf of international cooperation, the IAEA guarantees that these butchers can continue to build as many nuclear weapons as they want. But after the Nobel Prize was given to Jimmy Carter, Kim Dae Jung, and Shimon Peres, no one can accuse the prize committee of inconsistency.

For a long, depressing list of ElBaradei's inaction, see this LGF search.

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