Friday, November 27, 2009
Apparently this is a first in the history of the prize, and is also a stunningly bad bit of PR as well. Confiscating a human rights activist's Nobel Peace Prize probably ranks somewhere up there with punching babies or kittens as one of the easiest ways to further blemish one's name while not advancing one's agenda at all. All while Ahmadinejad is on an overseas trip as well.
On a related note, Maziar Bahari (the Iranian-Canadian journalist who was recently freed from prison in Iran, accused of being a spy using such evidence as an appearance on the Daily Show of all places) has written a column on talking to Iran that I believe to be accurate.