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Well, this is kind of interesting — serendipity? I have a column today on the Nobel Peace Prize. Specifically, I have a proposal: that a bipartisan group of congressmen nominate the U.S. Peace Corps for the prize in 2011. The Peace Corps is a worthy and natural winner. It meets Alfred Nobel’s goal of “fraternity between nations” beautifully. And it is celebrating this year its 50th anniversary — the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which gives the peace prize, has always loved an anniversary. It has given many an anniversary award.

The thing that’s serendipitous (if that’s the right word)? The ad embedded in my column today is from Amnesty International — winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. The ad says, “Tell China: Release Liu Xiaobo!” — the winner of the prize for 2010. I’m comforted that the 1977 laureate can do more than denounce Guantanamo Bay, capital punishment, and the use of Tasers by police (our police, of course).

One more thing: Why am I banging on about a Nobel prize for the Peace Corps today? The deadline to nominate is fast approaching: February 1. If nominators are to act, they must do so with speed.

P.S. I should note that ads in Internet articles — at least in ours — change frequently. Maybe I should have said that there was an Amnesty ad at the moment I happened to glance at my column? Maybe there is some wizard-like device that matches ads and articles? Anyway, I am approaching what is for me terra incognita, so I’ll sign off . . .

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