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And the Nobel Peace Prize Goes to...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 14 2011

GovFresh's Luke Fretwell gets a jump on the likely inevitable campaign to get the Norwegian Nobel Committee to pull something of a "the person of the year is you" and award the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to "the Egyptian people," what in honor of their pulling off a surprising and largely peaceful revolution and all.

It isn't the craziest idea. Beyond the actual merits of what took place in Egypt over the last month, the Nobel committee has exhibited a willingness to go 'wacky' in the past. Barack Obama '09, anyone? Last year's winner was Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident who couldn't attend on account of him being locked in a Beijing prison at the time of the awards ceremony, which thus found the committee presenting the award to an empty chair. And then there was that Henry Kissinger year...

But in the points against column is the fact that Alfred Nobel's will from 1895 specifics that the recipient take actual corporeal form. The prize, said Nobel should go to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

The "Nobel Egypt" campaign is being run on Twitter and Facebook, with the hashtag #nobelegypt as the rallying point. Could social networks really be used to pull off something this big? Nah, not possible.