EU Nobel Peace Prize is more farcical than Obama's

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in what can only be described as a travesty and a complete farce

Alfred Nobel's legacy goes up in flames
The Commentator
On 12 October 2012 09:51

You'd be forgiven for thinking it was April 1st. It's not. It's just another one of those sad moments in the decline of Western civilisation.

Today, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to one of the least democratic institutions in the Western world: The European Union.

Mired in decades of waste and hypocrisy that impoverish the world (see the Common Agricultural Policy) it is a travesty to award the peace prize to the EU. The award, if one was going to be given to a supranational body, should have gone to NATO for saving millions of Libyans from a grizzly end at the whim of Colonel Gaddafi last year.

But instead, in all their Obama-fawning wisdom, the Nobel Committee has this year decided that the EU has turned Europe from a continent of war into a continent of peace. Funny, we thought that honour should have gone to the Allies during the Second World War. 

This kind of revisionism should of course be objected to across the board, as the Nobel committee's decision to pre-emptively award Obama the prize in 2009 was. Since the award three years ago, Obama has presided over a grizzly few years in Afghanistan, kept Guatanamo Bay open, invested in drone warfare and 'extra-judicial' killings and has also, through his failure to assert a dominant foreign policy, allowed the Middle East to become even more unpredictable for the US and wider world.

The Nobel Peace Prize is continuing to delegitimise itself in this manner, and frankly acting as nothing more than a public relations firm for Left-leaning individuals and institutions. This trend is increasing.

Once noted as a fair and independent arbiter of peace in the world, the Nobel committee has recently awarded the peace prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore (2007) and the Hamas-excusing Jimmy Carter in 2002.

The European Union is therefore in good company. As an organisation that hesitated over the Balkans conflict, that fails to recognise Hezbollah as a terrorist entity, and of course with a gross democratic deficit - there is genuinely no cause for it to be awarded such an 'honour'.

But that's exactly the point, isn't it? The Nobel Peace Prize is no longer an honour. It's a farce.

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