As much as I admire President Barack Obama’s style and what seems like a genuine effort to introduce a new tone to international politics, I still think Mordechai Vanunu was a better choice for the Nobel Peace Prize.
After being kidnapped in Rome by the Mossad, Vanunu, an Israeli citizen, served 18 years in prison, 11 of them in solitary confinement, for exposing some details on Israel’s nuclear program. Five years ago he finished serving his full sentence, but he is still not allowed to leave the country or to talk to the press, even though he has no more information to reveal.
In its decision today, the Nobel comity noted the “special importance” it has given “to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”
There are very few living people who paid such a dear price for this vision as Mordechai Vanunu.