The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the European Union to be the winner of this year’s esteemed Nobel Peace Prize, a prize given to those who “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
According to the committee, “The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.” But the 1999 Kosovo war, Russian power grab in Georgia in 2008 and other human rights violations in Europe don’t exactly mark “six decades” of “peace and reconciliation.”
Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland, in the committee’s announcement speech, added “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 Nobel Committee’s decision to name the European Union’s member nations with the Nobel Peace Prize underscores just how unimportant and ridiculous this award is. The Nobel Peace Prize is too frequently used as a propaganda tool by left-wing Europeans to show their approval of particular liberal policies or ideologies.
This year’s award is no different. The European Union being awarded for “six decades” of “peace,” “reconciliation,” “democracy,” and “human rights” is probably one of the most absurd statements of the year. “Six decades” of peace?
Do these “six decades” include the total inability of Europe to stop the outrageous human rights violations leading to and included in the Kosovo War in 1999? How about the failure of Europe to control Russia’s outright invasion and power grab in Georgia in 2008? Do the violent riots earlier this year in Greece, Spain, and England count? The European Union is also completely to blame for the existence of their own self-created debt crisis, a fact which destabilizes both Europe and the rest of the world as a whole.
Entire books could be written about why the European Union does not deserve to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and yet here they are, another undeserving recipient of an award that is supposed to have real value. Barack Obama won the award in 2009, only a few days after assuming his position as president and after having done literally nothing for peace.
Al Gore won the same prize (yes, Al Gore) for his “contributions” toward ending global warming. This is the same man whose carbon footprint is most likely bigger than anyone you know and who elected not to pay the few extra pennies per kilowatt required to have “green energy” at either of his two massive estates.
Even Yasser Arafat, a known terrorist responsible for the death of countless innocent people around the world, won the award.
Call me crazy, but I don’t want to be put in the same category with Al Gore, the European Union, Barack Obama, and Yasser Arafat. Selections like these undermine the many winners who actually do deserve to be recognized by the world for their outstanding achievements toward making the world a better place.