Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, protesting the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize going to neighboring head of state Juan Manuel Santos, has announced the launch of the “Hugo Chávez Award for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples.”
He has nominated Russian president Vladimir Putin to receive the inaugural award.
Maduro, speaking at the unveiling of a new statue of the late socialist dictator sculpted on Putin’s orders, announced the “award of a national and international character” and suggested Putin had the qualities necessary to win it. “I think that this award should go to… a leader that I think is the most accomplished leader in the world today, who struggles for peace, struggles for global balance, to construct a multipolar world, a multicentric world,” Maduro told the audience of Putin, who has long been a loyal ally of the Venezuelan socialist regime.
Maduro took the opportunity to criticize the Nobel Peace Prize committee for awarding Santos, whom he did not name, for his endeavor to broker a peace deal with the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “They should award peace in Colombia if they consolidate it, we hope to see nominations of those who can represent peace in Colombia so that the judges of the Hugo Chavez Award for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples can evaluate some of the protagonists of the peace process,” Maduro said.
Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize after failing to convince the Colombian people to accept a peace deal with the FARC. Santos and FARC terrorist leader “Timochenko” signed the agreement — which would have let most of the terrorists avoid prison time and run for office, establishing a political party likely to be funded with cocaine profits — before Colombia narrowly voted it down in a national plebiscite vote.
The Nobel committee acknowledged Santos’s efforts without praising the terrorist group, something which leftist elements have suggested was unfair to the terrorist group, responsible for at least 220,000 deaths and another 100,000 disappearances in their history.
Maduro implied that he would nominate some of the FARC leadership to the Chávez Peace Prize.
Chávez enjoyed a close relationship with the FARC, allowing them to operate openly in Venezuela. Before Colombia voted “no” on the peace deal, anti-socialist Venezuelan opposition members publicly expressed concern that many FARC terrorists would move into Venezuela after being cleared of terrorist activity as part of the peace deal, adding to the already long list of political woes the Caribbean nation is currently facing.
In addition to Maduro’s ties to the FARC, he has long had a contentious relationship with Santos himself. After violently deporting thousands of Colombian nationals, alleging that all Colombians were “paramilitary” members, Santos accused Maduro of using “Nazi ghetto tactics” against his countrymen which grossly violated international human rights norms.
The “Hugo Chávez Peace Prize” is reminiscent of China’s “Confucius Peace Prize,” an award created as a response to the issuing of a Nobel to anti-communist Chinese dissidents. “I would like to say to those at the Nobel committee, they are orchestrating an anti-China farce by themselves. We are not changing because of interference by a few clowns and we will not change our path,” a Chinese official said in 2010.
Four years later, China granted the “Confucius Peace Prize” to mass murderer Fidel Castro. Other illustrious recipients of the prize include genocidal dictator Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (Mugabe turned it down) and the ever-popular Putin.