European Union Awarded Nobel Peace Prize – Is That A Joke?

Waking up to the headline the European Union had won the Nobel Peace Prize, had me laughing hysterically.  Surely it’s the most ridiculous vote since President Obama won the award.  He didn’t deserve it and neither does the European Union.  Obviously, the Norwegian Nobel committee has run out of qualified candidates.  Or perhaps it did something unique and voted from least qualified to most qualified.  When examining their reasons, it gets even sillier.  Maybe the EU can use the prize money to help bail out some of their foundering members.  It could be the reason the European Union won; charity from Nobel.  Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said, “the European Union for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.  Really?  Where is his supporting evidence?  Without going in to European history for the past six decades, that is absolutely not the case and could just as easily be refuted in so many ways.  Has the Nobel committee not studied European imperialism in Africa for example.  Isn’t it a “Peace Prize”?  It’s almost mind-boggling how the Nobel Committee came up with this brainstorm.  All one has to do is look at the protests in Greece regarding austerity measures that are occurring today, to realize there is great dissent within the European Union that threatens its very existence.   The Nobel committee praised the EU not only for rebuilding after World War II, but  for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.  The problem with that is both the rebuilding of Europe and spreading of stability to the former Soviet Bloc countries, was only made possible by the United States Of America in the former case and President Ronald Reagan in the latter.  If not for this country and Reagan, there is absolutely no reason to believe the Soviet Union would not still exist today, even with Glasnost and Perestroika.  So the EU should enjoy this undeserved award, but in the end, it will still be the same dysfunctional group of member countries with the same problems it had prior to winning the Nobel prize.

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