Syrian President and part-time comedian Bashar al-Assad joked on Sunday that the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize “should have been mine.”
The Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar stressed that Assad was kidding when he made the comment.
The prize, which many expected to go to Malala Yousafzai, was awarded instead to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.”
Last month, Assad reached an eleventh-hour deal with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry to avoid U.S. missile strikes by destroying his cache of chemical weapons, an operation conducted by the OPCW along with the United Nations. The deal will remove one of the largest stashes of chemical weapons in the world without military action, though it did little to affect the Syrian civil war that has been raging since 2011.
This is not the first time Assad pulled a got-yer-nose on the world; he once called on Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to step down for losing the confidence of his citizens—this after killing up to 115,000 Syrians in the two-year-long battle against the Free Syrian Army.
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