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Switzerland, the fatherland of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, and the hosting country of a large number of international organizations dedicated to peace and the good of mankind comes at the top of the ranking per capita, closely followed by Timor-Leste that received two awards for a little more than one million inhabitants.
The Nobel prize for peace is regretfully marred by the Nobel committee's questionable choices that raise dark suspicion about the members' deep motivations. The prize is expected to be a plain recognition of outstanding efforts to prevent or hinder conflict, and to alleviate sufferings from war, planned violence, and organized abuse. Instead it increasingly appears as a manipulative tool to promote hidden agendas and influence public opinion.
How can one reconcile the presence amongst Peace laureates of dedicated civilian humanitarians such as Henri Dunant, Fridtjof Nansen or Desmond Tutu side by side with "real politics" belligerent die-hards whose names are irremediably linked to the killings of innocent people? Take, for instance, Theodore Roosevelt, the "big stick" swinger, the author of the eponymous "corollary to the Monroe doctrine", the warmonger who engineered a Latin American revolution to dig the Panama Canal, and waged war against Spain in Cuba and the Philippines. Or Henry Kissinger, the sponsor and mastermind of the 1973 coup in Chile. Or the drone assassination boss Barack Obama. Their names are better fitted for a black-book of crime, rather than for a list of peace advocates.
The only achievement that the Nobel committee could genuinely feel proud of is that of putting in the same bed such philosophical opponents as the cynical Machiavelli, who teaches that the interests of the ruler nullify all other considerations whatsoever, and the equitable Montesquieu who propounds to take the legislative and judicial power away from the hands of the executive ruler as the only means to foster a bearable world.
|Country||Number ¹||Population 2018||Per capita|
|Congo, D. R.||1||77.1||1.3|
|¹ Former Soviet Union appears under Russia.|