Giving Barack Obama a Nobel Peace Prize, in anticipation that he wouldn’t be the hawkish leader who would try (but fail) to perpetuate a US troop presence in Iraq, try to keep troops in Afghanistan for another decade and start a slew of new US wars in Africa, was dumb enough – but now neoliberal hawk Hillary Clinton is up for a peace award too.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has been nominated for a peace award just days after visiting Ireland.
A short list of five people have been released for the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award.
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who was shot earlier this year, president of the Indian National Congress Sonia Ghandi, former Kenyan journalist John Githongo and Pax Christi International, a non-profit Catholic peace movement, have also made the list.
The award winner will be announced on January 1.
Previous recipients include former South African president Nelson Mandela, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, former US president Bill Clinton and last year’s recipients former president of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese and her husband Senator Martin McAleese.