“The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
... or at least the Kingdom of Norway*.
The EU gets the Dynamite Peace Gong
I'm getting the hang of this smug school yard shun the little guy caper that Europeans in particular are expert. You would call it the national sport if the EU was a nation and not a giant sucking canker on the ass of European democracy.
You can easily see the sport in it. Let's ban the funny looking blonde kid who has to wear a hat and cream all the time.
From the people who brought you everything from bear baiting to lion feeding ....
The Nobel committee said it wanted to laud the EU for safeguarding peace and security and forging a common future for a continent saddled with a dark history of conflict, even as the union confronts its toughest test.
"The EU is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest," said Thorbjoern Jagland, the Nobel Committee chairman, in Oslo. "The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees as the EU's most important result, the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights. The stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace." [The Denver Post]
"But the choice, announced to audible gasps from a room of journalists in Oslo, comes as the EU is under international fire for its bureaucratic and plodding handling of the crisis, as well as for foisting onto its heavily indebted members a crushing austerity that has crippled domestic economies and sparked social unrest in nations such as Greece and Spain. "[The Denver Post]
Well yeah ... It would wouldn't it?
It's like giving the Biggest Loser Award to a tapeworm.
The European Union has done nothing for peace in Europe or anywhere. Europe was helpless to stop a bloody ethnic carnage in its very heart. It stood by and handed responsibility to a gutless UN that European countries even allowed their co opted armed forces to put down their weapons and put on blue berets and be humiliated by spitting armed thugs bent on murder,
The rape and murder went on for years. It took the US to stop it.
These are the members of the European Union
Every one of these countries is a secular liberal democracy. They are at peace with one another because of that. They are at peace with every other secular liberal democracy on the planet because of that. Wars among them are unthinkable simply because they are liberal secular democracies..
Not one of these countries owes the European Union its secular liberal democracy. That came about because Hitler was defeated, free Europe rebuilt as liberal democracies and the crazy imperialist theology of the Soviet Union stared down by a newly confident US lead West at enormous cost.
None of this could have been done without the United States.
The European Union is not a source of European liberal democracy but an unfortunate by product of it..
It was always a pompous conceit that it was there to preserve peace in Europe. That was preserved by the presence of US bases.
The Union has failed as an economic structure as it had to because it was always protectionist in spirit. Fortress Europe was there not only to defend European pride but also protect Europeans from fresh healthy food.
The only redeeming feature is that this time it is the Germans who will have to bail them out and be hated for it.
The EU has weakened Europe's resistance to erosion of hard won liberties and values. Won hard by others I suppose. Easy come. Come go.
Mind you that doesn't explain why Norway, not a member, is the very model of European dhimmitude in the hatching. They breathe the contagion in with the atmosphere I guess, It's air borne.
The European Union weakens liberal democracy in Europe that would flourished despite it.. It is an impediment to world peace. A thing that gets in the way..
Giving it the Nobel Peace Prize is like giving an old brain tumour a telegram from the Queen.
If the Nobel Committee was serious about awarding the peace prize to the entity that has done far and away the most to bring peace and reconciliation to Europe and for the struggle for human rights and democracy in Europe it must go to the United States.
cross posted Geoffff's Joint Bar and Grill