The Nobel Peace Prize Bypasses President Trump.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Last week The Federalist Pages predicted that although Donald Trump has been the most impactful, peace-promoting figure in the world last year, he would not be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. True to form, the Norwegian Nobel Committee did not recognize the American President's contributions to global stability, freedom, and peace. Instead, they chose to award the Prize to a pair of advocates fighting sexual violence against women during times of war. They are are Dr. Denis Mukwege and Ms. Nadia Murad.
Dr. Mukewge's story is absolutely fascinating. A Congolese gynecologist, Dr. Mukwege has devoted the majority of his professional life to the treatment of women who have been victims of serial rapes as a result of the Second Congo War. In 2012, Dr. Mukwege appeared before the United Nations where he brought attention to the violence that had been taking place against women. A month later, his family was forcefully held at his home while the attackers waited for him to return so they could assassinate him. His life was spared by the intervention of his security guard.
Murad is from Sunjar, Iraq. Along with 6,700 women, Murad was captured and taken into slavery in Mosul by ISIS. She was beaten, burned, and recurrently raped. Instead of concealing her past as has been the case for the overwhelming number of women who suffered her plight, she has become a staunch advocate against wartime sexual violence upon women. She has appeared before the United Nations, the United States House of Representatives, and the House of Commons in England. Her efforts are testaments to her unparalleled bravery and have, along with Dr. Mukwege's work, brought attention to this incredibly grave terrible injustice.
Although it did not select President Trump, The Federalist Pages applauds the Norwegian Nobel Committee for having, at least this year, selected worthy recipients of a prize that celebrates peace. We will see what it does next year.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.