Are they handing out Nobel Prizes like candy or what?
I’m marveling over these remarks from recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, an ecologist and trained biologist:

KENYA’S new Nobel Peace Prize winner believes the virus causing AIDS was a deliberately created biological agent unleashed on Africans.
“Some say that AIDS came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because we have been living with monkeys (since) time immemorial, others say it was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that,” Wangari Maathai told a news conference a day after winning the prize.
Ms Maathai, an ecologist and trained biologist, became the first African woman to win the prize on Friday for her work in human rights and reversing deforestation.
“Us black people are dying more than any other people in this planet.
“It’s true there are some people who create agents to wipe out other people. If there were no such people, we could have not have invaded Iraq.
“We invaded Iraq because we believed that Saddam Hussein had made, or was in the process of creating agents of biological warfare,” said Ms Maathai, also Kenyan deputy environment and natural resources minister, who has gained a reputation as a fearless speaker.
“In fact it (the HIV virus) is created by a scientist for biological warfare,” she added.
“Why has there been so much secrecy about AIDS? When you ask where did the virus come from, it raises a lot of flags. That makes me suspicious.”

(Story also here.) This is called science? I guess it should be embarrassing for the Prize Committee, but they’re probably way past that stage.
Osama bin Laden’s recent comments about Sweden are now starting to make sense.
MORE: Here’s Kevin Aylward on the Prize Committee’s decision:

….you would think they could at least make sure the recipient was not insane.

What? And piss off Osama? No way!
MORE ON SWEDEN: Wretchard at the Belmont Club also thinks that (depending on American voters) Sweden may be the wave of the future:

The American answer to Osama’s proposal will be given on Election Day. One response is to agree that the United States of America will henceforth act like Sweden, which is on track to become majority Islamic sometime after the middle of this century. The electorate best knows which candidate will serve this end; which candidate most promises to be European-like in attitude and they can choose that path with both eyes open. The electorate can strike that bargain and Osama may keep his word. The other course is to reject Osama’s terms utterly; to recognize the pleading in his outwardly belligerent manner and reply that his fugitive existence; the loss of his sanctuaries; the annihilation of his men are but the merest foretaste of what is yet to come: to say that to enemies such as he, the initials ‘US’ will always mean Unconditional Surrender.
(Via Michael Totten, guest-blogging at InstaPundit.)

Sweden is considered by many on the left to be proof that socialism works — and also that appeasement works. Hey, ask Jeremy Rifkin!