October 12, 2012

EU Wins the Nobel Peace Prize — No, Really

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:01 am

This is not a joke — well, it is, but it’s something which has really happened:

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to promote peace and democracy in Europe, in the midst of the union’s biggest crisis since its creation in the 1950s.

The Norwegian prize committee said the EU received the award for six decades of contributions “to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”

… The idea began to take on a more defined shape when, on May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed that France and the Federal Republic of Germany pool their coal and steel resources in a new organization that other European countries could join.

The EU was just a comfy, politically correct concept with no power or influence for its first 43 years until “it was formally established when the Maastricht Treaty came into force on 1 November 1993.” It has only existed as a real entity for 19 years. I should add that it never would have become anything if it weren’t for the work of a guy who will never get honored by the Nobel Committee — Ronald Reagan — and for decades of ongoing defense primarily paid for by the United States.

Today, the EU is a collection of control-freak statists whose strictures imposed on that continent are largely responsible for the financial mess the Associated Press cited in the opening paragraph of its breaking story above.

This is a pathetic insult on so many levels, especially to many on the roster (some identified here) of other potential recipients, some of whom have bravely suffered prison, torture, and other abuses as a result of their human rights advocacy.

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5 Comments

  1. Here’s one level of the absurd. The French for decades have acted as the gun runners of the third world and to Saddam Hussein and the nutjobs who run Iran and to the despots who run Sudan (ala Darfur). French officers instigated, abetted and condoned the genocide in Rwanda.

    Peace prize? Once again, the committee has made the award process a joke. Are these the same people on the committee who awarded Obama the peace prize? It has become the theater of the absurd like having the DPRK and Iran on the UN Human Rights Commission.

    Comment by dscott — October 12, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  2. well, if the E.U. is such a harbinger of world peace, then they won’t mind the U.S. withdrawing troops and bases.

    Comment by JCW — October 12, 2012 @ 11:05 am

  3. #1, Not to mention the EU’s appeasement policies and blind eye to terrorism has allowed world wide instability and violence to grow, not to mention has helped prop up evil regimes with vast potential to cause death and destruction.

    Comment by zf — October 12, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

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  5. The Nobel prize is competing with Time’s Man of the Year to see which can be the least relevant.

    Comment by GW — October 12, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

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