MSNBC/AP report that Pope John Paul II is the favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Why?

In addition to his popular stance against the U.S.-led war in Iraq, John Paul has also been outspoken in calling for an end to Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

Of course, unlike the Nobel Prizes for such endeavors as chemistry, physics, and economics–which tend to be given for actual merit–the peace prize has a long, sordid history.

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  1. Paul says:

    I guess with Saddam gone they didn’t have as many choices.