Martin Luther King. Wilson Woodrow. Mother Teresa. Nelson Mandela. Theodore Roosevelt. Great people who all have something in common. They all won the Nobel Prize for Peace. They all did something so extra ordinary that this most respected Norwegian Nobel Committee found it worthy of the very prestigious prize. Next week, Friday October 11, we will know who is the next in this long list of honourable winners, but already it has been rumoured who will be nominated for next years prize. Yes indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin. Ex-KGB agent. Known for his bare-chested, gun-wielding antics and most probably not exactly the first man you would think of in relation to the Nobel Peace Prize. A man who was Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000, became President in 2000 and stayed in power for 8 years which apparently convinced him that he was the right person for the job, resulting in him repeating the whole circus again as Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012 and taking office – again – last year May. A man who apparently almost single-handedly averted World War Three by brokering a non-attack stance with the United States over Syria. Not sure what his plan exactly was but it seems that it did include a casual treat that Russia would come to Syria’s aide if the United States would indeed strike against the Syrian Arab Republic. Now it is not common practise that the Norwegian Nobel Committee announces each years nominees. In fact, the nominee list is a well-kept secret that only gets published 50 years after. So it isn’t sure that Vladimir will actually be nominated, but apparently he is a very popular candidate. According to the one who nominated him for the nomination. Sergei Komkov. Mister Komkov believes that “Vladimir Putin has proved his adherence to the cause of peace” because “as the head of one of the leading countries of the world, he has made every effort to maintain peace and tranquillity in his own state and has actively contributed to peaceful settlement of any conflicts arising on the planet.” His words, not mine.
I’m a strong believer of second chances. Of being offered the opportunity to make wrong things right. After all, everyone can make a misstep but you shouldn’t have to pay for that forever, should you? Everyone deserves a chance to better themselves. So maybe we should indeed hope that Vladimir Putin will be nominated and will win that prize. Because maybe, if he does, it will enlighten him so much that he will use that money and new found human attitude to renounce his “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors” – also known as the anti-gay legislation – with which he, again pretty much single handedly opened the war on gays in his leading country of the world. I know, a lot of maybe’s but everyone does deserves a second chance. Even the Russian gays, don’t they. –BM-
Cover photography by Rick day, featuring Dionisio Heiderscheid.
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