It isn’t every day that a small company earns the honor of being awarded a Nobel Peace prize, but that happened recently to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), under Beatrice Fihn. The award came as a surprise to the executive director, and at first she thought the phone call notifying her of the win was a prank.
But as lofty a prize as winning the Nobel Peace prize is, Fihn is gaining much more notoriety for her comment on Twitter regarding United States president Donald Trump. Her simple, five word tweet will last longer on the internet than the euphoria of being selected for the peace prize:
There was some initial confusion, with one person thinking maybe account had been hacked by Rex Tillerson himself, but she reassured people that it was indeed her. She stuck by her post.
Although Fihn did tell a reporter at Reuters that she had intended the quip as a joke and she “sort of” regrets posting it, she added:
‘I think that the election of President Donald Trump has made a lot of people very uncomfortable with the fact that he alone can authorize the use of nuclear weapons.’
ICAN is promoting the first treaty ever to completely prohibit nuclear weapons. Fihn stated that “Trump’s impulsive character illustrated the importance of banning them.” She then elaborated:
‘A man you can bait with a tweet seems to be taking irrational decisions very quickly and not listening to expertise, it just puts a spotlight on what do nuclear weapons really mean. There are no right hands for the wrong weapons.’
When asked about the relationship between Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Fihn stated, “they need to stop,” adding:
‘Nuclear weapons are illegal. Threatening to use nuclear weapons is illegal. Having nuclear weapons, possessing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear weapons, is illegal, and they need to stop.’
Berit Reiss-Andersen, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, had a lot to say about the award and why ICAN was selected:
‘We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time.
‘Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea.
‘It is wonderful we have this Nobel Peace-Prize winning movement. All of us need to join forces, think hard and walk forward together to turn this momentum into something even bigger.
Anti-nuclear campaigners all over the world are pleased with the award to ICAN.
So, while Fihn and ICAN bask in the glory of winning the coveted Nobel Peace prize, Twitter and the internet will continue to laugh at her frankness in repeating the words of Rex Tillerson, although one fan did remind her that she left out an adjective.
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