Colombian Prez Gets Nobel Peace Prize After Failing To Pass Peace Deal

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee gave its prestigious peace prize to failed peace-seeker Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Friday.

In its press release announcing the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee cited Santos’ “resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.”

Santos failed to get his country to vote “Yes” in a national plebiscite on a now-failed peace deal he had negotiated and signed with Colombian terrorist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (better known by the Spanish acronym FARC).

The Norwegian Nobel Committee goes on to denigrate the will of the majority of the Colombians that voted in the referendum by saying that, “a narrow majority of the over 13 million Colombians who cast their ballots said no to the accord.” The deal was prematurely signed by Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londono Sept. 26.

Colombians then rejected the peace deal. which would have ended a civil war that has been ravaging their country for over 50 years. The high cost for peace though would have giving terrorists 10 unelected seats in the Colombian Congress for eight years and many being allowed to return to civilian life without serving prison time for war crimes.

The language chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in reference to Colombians that were opposed to the deal, which conceded to many terrorist demands, is similar to The New York Times’ write up after the plebiscite. In their report on the aftermath of the vote, The Times refers to those against the flawed peace deal as a “small majority.” Santos is referred to in the Sunday piece as “a possible contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

FARC rebels have for decades engaged in a systemic campaign of kidnappings, the murder of civilians, and the rape and mutilation of women. Only some senior FARC fighters would have stood trial for war crimes if the peace deal had been accepted by Colombians in the referendum.

This is not the first time that the Norwegian Nobel Committee has given their prestigious award to leaders who have failed to make notable peace agreements. The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. Obama supported Santos in his efforts to get a peace deal between Colombia and the FARC terrorists.

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