Albert Schweitzer, the Dalai Lama, Andrei Sakharov, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Lech Walesa and Elie Wiesel.
These, along with many other deserving individuals, were the type of persons who used to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Now look what that selection committee has become. Even before this month, it had lost all credibility. Yasser Arafat, who won in 1993, was a signal of problems to come.
For years, most of the Western world described him as the world's No. 1 terrorist. He was also the corrupt leader of the political faction of Fatah right up to his death.
Laughingly, in 2002 they gave the award to Jimmy Carter simply for speaking out against George Bush. Mohamed ElBaradei followed in 2005.
Then the most ridiculously shallow and politically motivated selection (to that date) took place in 2007. Al Gore, another person rewarded for simply being a President Bush hater (and sore loser), won the prize.
The committee had to come up with some reason for its decision, so he was rewarded for making a very nice PowerPoint presentation about poor polar bears floating on icebergs and the global-warming myth.
Just when I thought the Nobel Committee couldn't make itself look more foolish and noncredible, it did just that.
By selecting Obama as this year's winner, it made itself look idiotic, and in turn Obama has made himself look the same for accepting it.
So many past winners have done so much more and have risked and even sacrificed their lives in their pursuit of a better and more peaceful world.
What has Obama done? Absolutely nothing! He is full of rhetoric and empty of substance. His selection was a joke. You have to remember the nomination deadline was Feb. 1, a mere 11 days after he had taken office!