BUSH AND BLAIR NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE - If you would like to email the Hague Appeal for Peace to request they submit a formal objection to these nominations, their email is: hap@haguepeace.org  -- If you'd like to address your concerns directly to the Nobel Institute, their email is: postmaster@nobel.no  -- Nobel Prize Web site: http://www.nobel.no

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/talking_point/newsid_1801000/1801900.stm  BBC News February 6, 2002 - US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have been nominated for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. What is your reaction?

http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/scandinavia/02/13/norway.nobel/  126 nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,3-2002059864,00.html  Nobel nomination - Oslo: President Bush and Tony Blair were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Harald Tom Nesvik, a Norwegian MP. Bishop Gunnar Staalsett of the Nobel committee has already spoken out, however, against the airstrikes on Afghanistan http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/RTGAMArticleHTMLTemplate/C/20020204/wnobl02041?hub=homeBN&tf=tgam%252Frealtime%252Ffullstory.
name=breakingnews Nobel Peace Prize for Bush, Blair?

From the Wall Street Journal

US President Bush, UK's Blair Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO (AP)--U.S. President George W. Bush and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair have been nominated for the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for fighting terrorism and securing world peace, a Norwegian lawmaker announced Monday.

Harald Tom Nesvik, a member of parliament from the right-wing Party of Progress, said he has nominated the two leaders for the coveted peace prize, despite their role in ordering war in Afghanistan.

"The background for my nomination is their decisive action against terrorism, something I believe in the future will be the greatest threat to peace," Nesvik said. "Unfortunately, sometimes...you have to use force to secure peace."

Nesvik has nomination rights as a member of a national legislature.

The Oslo-based awards committee accepts nominations postmarked by Feb. 1, so proposals continue to arrive and a final number is not expected until late in the month.

Last year, 136 individuals and groups were nominated. The 10 million Swedish kronor prize was shared by the U.N. and its secretary-general, Kofi Annan.

The committee keeps the names of nominees secret for 50 years. However, those making nominations often reveal their choice.

The Sept. 11 terror attacks on the U.S. and the aftermath are expected to influence this year's nominations, because those events were too late to be considered in last year's award.

Other Sept. 11-related nominations mentioned, but not confirmed, include former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Guy Tozzoli, an engineer who helped design the World Trade Center.

Also Monday, two Christian Democratic members of Norway's parliament announced their nomination of the Salvation Army, adding to a list that includes Rome- based Catholic group Church of Sant'Egidio for peace and humanitarian efforts and the Mission of Mercy humanitarian group for work in Latin America.

The Nobel Prize winners are named in mid-October and the awards are always presented on Dec. 10, the day their founder, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, died in 1896. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, and the others in Stockholm, Sweden.

Nobel Prize Web site: http://www.nobel.no

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