Nobel Peace Prize Winner Refers to Trump as ‘Moron’

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 'sharp rebuke to the United States and other nuclear powers'


An organization whose head employs the slogan “No right hands for the wrong weapons” has received the Nobel Peace Prize amid a blaze of international publicity in what appears to be a ‘sharp rebuke’ to the US and other nuclear powers; according to the independent news and media website TRNN. Berit Reiss-Andersen, Norway’s Nobel committee president, in a statement quoted by the Daily Telegraph newspaper and others, said that the organization had been nominated for its award for ‘its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.’

Beatrice Fihn, who has been as equally scathing of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, as she has of Donald Trump, referred to the US President as a ‘moron’ in a tweet posted just two days before the nomination was announced. Soliciting a response from Joe Cirincione, President of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund, Cirincione told Fihn that he thought she had left out an adjective, whilst simultaneously expressing admiration for her restraint. Elsewhere, in an article in Business Insider UK, Fihn was quoted as saying that she had been ‘responding to recent media reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used the same word to describe Trump this summer’, in in interview that she had given to Reuters earlier.

Whilst the Guardian concentrated on her assertion that President Trump’s election ‘puts a spotlight’ on the international danger of nuclear weapons, another UK based publication, the Independent, focused on iCAN’s warning that the US President appears ‘to be ignoring expert opinion around their use.’ In the UK itself, Trident whistle blower William McNeilly, a former Royal Navy submariner, whose expose of the safety and security failures within the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons program featured in an article published on this website earlier in the year, welcomed the decision.

In an interview with the Russian news service RT, McNeilly said on Friday that ‘Anti-nuclear activists winning the Nobel Peace Prize shows people that great thinkers understand that nuclear disarmament is a necessary step for increased unity, safety and security.’ Less widely reported by the mainstream media was iCAN’s role in ‘garnering support for the historic United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’. An agreement which has since obtained no fewer than 122 signatories worldwide. The fact that the nine countries that currently possess nuclear weapons, which include the United States, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, and the United Kingdom, all failed to either sign up or to endorse the treaty, however, has not gone unnoticed by the Progressive and Alternative Media.


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