A prize for failing, murdering, or doing nothing 7

Just as the bankrupt EU (with any luck) is about to self-destruct, some thick Norwegians decide to give it a Nobel Prize.

There’s nothing unusual about the Prize being awarded to the Least Deserving. They gave it to the Grandfather of Contemporary Political Terrorism, Yasser Arafat. They gave it (instead of a more suitable Chicken Little prize not yet instituted) to the climate-threat hoaxster, Al Gore. They gave it to Barack Obama for doing nothing at all.

This is from an editorial in the IBD:

This year’s Peace Prize goes to the EU for its “successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights.” This isn’t the committee’s worst choice. But it’s one of them.

Barack Obama, Al Gore, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Yasser Arafat and Mikhail Gorbachev were all worse choices.

So picking the EU, which is having a hard time holding itself together, isn’t the most asinine decision the committee has made. But it could have done better.

If transforming most of Europe “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace” is the standard, the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize should have gone to the United States. This country has been more effective at keeping peace in Europe than any other entity.

America has had a strong military presence in Europe since World War II. The U.S. has subsidized European security with troops on the ground, jets in the air and trillions spent.

With money that would have otherwise been used for defense freed up for other purposes, Western European nations set about building their now-bankrupt welfare states. While America bought guns for Europe, Europe bought butter for itself.

The five-member Nobel Peace Prize Committee, based in Oslo, has itself become a joke. Maybe it’s time to give the Nobel Peace Prize responsibilities to a less frivolous group.

  • liz

    Yes, beginning at least with Arafat, they have completely lost all credibility. If I were someone that were nominated for the prize, I’d withdraw my name. In company like that, it would be an embarassment to win it, rather than an honor.

  • If there’s any nation that’s at the brink of collapse, it’s the European Union. Now I’m not saying America isn’t in economic danger, it is, but the European Union is literally teetering on the edge of the abyss!

    • That Nobel Peace Prize may come to be seen as the “kiss of Death”.

  • Jillian Becker

    T0 repeat a comment made by Robert Yarber under “About Us”:

    “The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!Sorry, I can’t say that with a straight face!”

    • Nor should you, it is a bad joke.
      Thanks for posting this. My long-suffering friends have heard this very diatribe from me countless times. When I hear how we could afford more “European Style” socialism if we reduced our military spending, I want to hit the roof. We have been subsidizing European Socialism by bearing a disproportionate burden of defending their ungrateful, snotty, left-wing asses for decades. Come winter time, the grasshoppers will change their tune.

    • Jillian, sorry for the off topic nature of this, but if you haven’t seen this Lara Logan speech you gotta watch it. best regards;-)

      • Jillian Becker

        Excellent and important speech. Thanks, Steve.