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Friday, December 19, 2003
"PEACE PRESIDENT" MOVEMENT GAINS STEAM
Members of the Nobel Foundation are saying they've been innundated in the past weeks with petitions from supporters of George W. Bush to award the US President the Nobel Peace Prize. Founders of the "Peace President" movement say they wish to highlight the success of Bush's dual invasions. Forty-nine-year-old Jenna Thomson, a housewife from suburban Houston, organized the effort. "What kind of inconceivable harm might Saddam Hussein have done if not for the gentle humanity of this visionary leader?"
Thomson, who had never voted before 2000, said she organized the movement to emphasize the President's successful foreign policy in the face of "liberal lies." "People like Michael Moore disgust me. He'd rather see terrorists like Saddam Hussein bomb another building than stand up to them. When the President invaded Iraq, fewer than 100 soldiers died. And how many lives did they save? Now that Hussein has been discovered, we truly do live in an age of peace. It's all thanks to Bush."
Since the war ended, 321 US soldiers have died. Since the initial invasion, 460 have died.*
The Nobel Foundation has so far received over 100,000 signatures. Each petition is emblazoned with a dove perched on a Tomahawk missile. While this iconography might seem to work against the President, Thomson said it is at the heart of their argument. "War in and of itself isn't a peaceful act. But it isn't all that violent, either, what with today's surgical weaponry. We felt the use of the Tomahawk emphasized the kind of peace President Bush is bringing to the Mideast."
Critics of the movement called it "outrageous" and pointed out that between 4,000 and 10,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the US invasion.*
Asked to comment, the President referred questions to his spokesman, Scott McClellan. "But I will say this. One of the things you've seen about our foreign policy is that I'm reluctant to use military power. It's the last choice, it's not our first choice. A free country, a peaceful country in the heart of the Middle East is in the interest of all nations. This is a transforming event. The emergence of a peaceful Iraq will transform the region in a positive way, that will make it more likely that the world is peaceful."**
The Nobel Foundation said it would seriously consider the nomination.