Nobel Selects EU ... World Snorts?
Despite a year marked by one of the worst crises in decades and repeated scenes of social unrest across the continent, the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel peace prize. The Norweigien prize committee awarded the 27-nation bloc for its 60 years of contributions to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The award ... by the Nobel Committee shows that in these difficult times the European Union remains an inspiration for countries and people all over the world and that the international community needs a strong European Union', said President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. The committee also praised the Union for rebuilding Europe after World War II and for spreading stability after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. – EurActiv
Dominant Social Theme: This place called the European Union is just the best. Let's award it a prize.
Free-Market Analysis: The European Union wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Did you expect it, dear reader? Did you ask, perhaps, "What is the European Union?" This is a sickness, to treat agglomerations of peoples and regions as individuals. Here's something more from the video narrative excerpted above:
We must never forget that at its origins the European Union brought together nations emerging from the ruins of the devastating 2nd World War and united them in a project for peace, built on supranational institutions representing the common European interest.
The European Union, starting with the European Community, has reunified countries split by the Cold War, and made it around values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, justice, the rule of law and respect for human rights', said President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
The award is thought to be an attempt to encourage greater integration in the EU as the eurozone crisis has threatened to tear the European project apart.
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee and the international community are now sending a very important message to Europe that the European Union is something very precious, that we should cherish it for the good of Europeans and for the good of the entire world', said President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
Of course, this is the same EU that is trying to build a sizable army and has passed vastly intrusive legislation to spy on citizens using the Internet. It is the same EU that as not been able to find a third-party auditor in years because of all the acknowledged corruption at the top.
Regulations pour out of the EU like smog while half of the union is bankrupt and the other half resent paying the bill. How all this is either laudable or peaceful is beyond us.
Watching Greece and Spain (and soon France) go up in flames is to watch a spectacle of failure. But the EU has always been a spectacle and its handlers continue to try to manage its persona and profile with less and less success. The more it fails, the more those behind its misguided formation try to defend it and prop it up.
One only has to read the derisive feedbacks on YouTube following this video to see people actually perceive the authoritarian spectacle the EU has become. All the prizes won't change this unpleasant reality.
(Video from EurActiv's YouTube user channel.)
Posted by Marten on 10/25/12 12:37 AM
The Ecuadorian President would have been a good choice.
Posted by Soelvrev1 on 10/24/12 10:36 PM
The Nobel Peace Prize has become a burden on the Norwegian people, and most of us feels really ashamed. Over 70 percent of Norwegians are disgusted by this. Mr Jagland and the rest of the retired politicians that makes up the committee, are very dangerous people indeed. These traitors of humanity are very good friends with the pink-communists in the European Parliament (EU).
They are the elite, and they work only for their own interests, not giving a damn about the suffering people are going through in Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, or the rest of the world for that matter. They say they do, but they really don't!
They have hijacked the Nobel Peace Prize to be used as a tool for other interests than peace. That is the simple truth.
Neither Obama, Johnson Sirleaf or EU has anything to do with peace, but quite the opposite. They are in fact warmongers in the sense that they accept the prize, knowingly well that they don't deserve it. And in doing so, they set people up against each other, discredit integrity and shows the world that to be a Nobel Peace Prize-winner these days, you have to be a psychopathic rapist of honesty...
Greetings from Norway
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks for a different Norway point of view.
Posted by Cognizant on 10/24/12 09:23 PM
Well, what can you expect? They gave it to Barrack Obama didn't they?
I believe the Nobel comittee has blown all their credibility out the door.
Do you have any respect for the award now? I don't.
They act like puppets of the Elite. Maybe the Nobel Comittee is the Elite !
Beware of people who give honors to each other.
I have always wondered who received the very first Phd., and just who was qualified to give it to him. But I digress.
Posted by edwin cameron on 10/24/12 07:29 PM
There is only one person that should step up and accept the 1.000.000 Euro's,that is Nigel Farage!only wish we had him as our Prime Minister here in Australia,the U.K. is very fortunate haveing a politician with balls
Posted by KyfhoMyoba on 10/24/12 05:58 PM
The Nobel Committee is now staffed with hipsters and they are giving out the Prize ironically.