Nobel Peace Prizes should be about something more substantial than Putin’s nose or, for that matter, Putin at all.

The Daily Mail, the paper that cheered on Hitler, the National Union of Fascists and the Black and Tan murder gang is at it again. This time, they are headlining the “peace keeping” activities of Ukraine’s frontline soldiers with such headlines as We’re Hunting Them Down and Shooting Them Like Pigs. The rest of that article explains “How the Ukrainians are taking brutal revenge on the collaborators who’ve betrayed their neighbours – and country – to the Russians”. These collaborators, the article tells us, include “Natalia Romanychenko, a former actress who sells dumplings and sausages online… a single mother, she posts pictures on social media of her two young sons in Soviet military uniform”.

Let’s first take stock that the editors and sub editors in The Daily Mail, one of Britain’s major news outlets, are blasé about Ukraine’s Armed Forces committing what are indisputably war crimes, irrespective of what mitigating circumstances they or Ukraine’s own culpable soldiers concoct. Let’s now also take stock that the Western media also noted but glossed over similar war crimes by their “moderate rebels” in Syria and Libya and that similar war crimes by Israel are literally a daily occurrence on the West Bank and in Jerusalem. Let’s therefore agree that any criticisms NATO media outlets like the Daily Mail level at Russia are, as a consequence of their complicity in Ukraine’s war crimes, worthless.

Let’s now also agree that the Daily Mail’s editors and sub editors and all like them are quite happy with that state of affairs which in the case of Western Russian/Eastern Ukraine, they have reported on with respect to the unfortunates of the Alley of Angels for at least the last eight years. As we are on the Internet, let’s now drag in Hitler, whose civilian subjects said they knew nothing about the war crimes the Wehrmacht and their Ukrainian allies committed from 1941 to 1945 and note that NATO have no such excuse as the Daily Mail is admitting what their Waffen SS worshipping heroes are up to in Western Russia this very day.

Hitler, as it happens, was nominated for the 1939 Nobel Peace Prize, which has since been awarded to a number of other war criminals, as well as Vietnamese patriot Le Duc Tho, who refused to accept it, as probably Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov will when and if his turn comes. Though Lavrov’s diplomatic efforts to avoid war in Ukraine might have put him in the running, we all know he had no chance of winning, as the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Literature and Economic Prizes, are baubles NATO aligned Norway and Sweden are instructed to dispense not on merit but to further NATO’s needs.

NATO did not disappoint with this year’s Peace Prize which was shared between NATO front groups in Ukraine and Russia, as well as a light weight throwaway NATO agent in Belarus.

NATO’s BBC is leading with Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties calling for Putin’s prosecution but no calls from these Nobel Peace Prize winners, of course, for the prosecution of the Zelensky gangster or his “brave boys” who brag to the Daily Mail about their ongoing war crimes. If these psychopaths are amongst the winners, what were the runners up like?

Ales Bialiatski, the Belarusian winner (and tax cheat), is currently in a Minsk clink for his crimes against the Belarusian people. Though Bialiatski might well have a part time hustle as a human rights’ activist, his day time job is undoubtedly regime change, to tear Belorussia apart and thereby further prise open NATO’s road to Moscow. Still, as his background is in Belarusian literature, perhaps he can comment on Ukraine’s fascistic attitude to Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, which NATO’s Economist magazine now parrots.

Were either of those heavenly scribes to return, they would have no hope of a Nobel Literature or Peace Prize or, for Tolstoy, an Economics Prize, unless they denounced Russia’s military, political, religious and business leadership, something Russia’s quite finest naturally refuse to do, as they stand, with Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, on their legs, not like Pavlovian dogs, on their hind legs, begging for a NATO biscuit, as does Memorial, the Russian winner which the BBC assures us, is a worthy winner as it will get up Putin’s nose.

But Nobel Peace Prizes should be about something more substantial than Putin’s nose or, for that matter, Putin at all. Like Lavrov or, more importantly perhaps, Le Duc Tho, Ho Chi Minh or the incomparable Võ Nguyên Giáp, Putin is but a symbol of something much deeper and even more transcendental. In Vietnam, it was the 1000 year long desire of the Vietnamese people to regain their independence and chart their own sovereign course through life’s waters. In Russia, which stretches from Romania in the West to China in the East, it is the iron resolve of Russia’s siloviki, Russia’s Orthodox adherents, Kadyrov’s Chechens, Western Russia’s para militaries and a host of other networks and nodes that are giving their lives, not for worthless NATO peace baubles but that Russians, all Russians, can live as the Vietnamese now live, with peace, dignity and freedom from the Nobel Prize Committee, the BBC, the Daily Mail and all of NATO’s other empty pomp and ugly cant dispensers.

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