Hilarious news of the day

EU flag goes up in flames

Nobel peace prize and EU flag go up in flames

I’m sure you are all as staggered and as hilariously entertained as I am by the gob-smacking news that the EU is this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  I know that the Nobel committee is highly politicised, and that many of the peace prize recipients have been highly controversial (to put it mildly) but I think that this one takes the cake. It’s even funnier than President Obama receiving the prize for work that he had yet to do (and that he seems not to have accomplished).

The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its historic role in uniting the continent in an award meant as a morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis.

The EU has been a key in transforming Europe “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace,” Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in announcing the award in Oslo.

“This is a message to Europe to do everything they can to secure what they’ve achieved and move forward,” Jagland said, saying it was a reminder of what would be lost “if the union is allowed to collapse.”

He praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War II and for its role in spreading stability after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

The prize, worth $1.2 million, will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10. The decision by the five-member panel, led by Jagland, who is also secretary-general of the Council of Europe, was unanimous.

So, no conflict of interest there.

The EU won from a field of 231 candidates including Russian dissidents and religious leaders working for Muslim-Christian reconciliation.

Well of course! Surely a bureaucratic, barely-democratic  institution, crumbling under its own weight, is much more deserving than people who merely risk their lives for such minor principles as freedom.

But the EU is mired in crisis with strains on the euro, the common currency shared by 17 nations. The prize was a surprise given the EU’s current woes.

Meanwhile, many Norwegians are bitterly opposed to the EU, seeing it as a threat to the sovereignty of nation states. “I find this absurd,” the leader of Norway’s anti-EU membership organization, Heming Olaussen, told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

“In Latin America and other parts of the world they will view this quite differently than they will from Brussels. The union is a trade bloc that contributes to keeping many countries in poverty.”

An editorial in The Commentator also thinks that the EU’s Nobel Peace Prize is more farcical than Obama’s:

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.

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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.

I wonder how Europeans will feel today, finding themselves in such un-illustrious company.

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15 Responses to Hilarious news of the day

  1. Elchanan Eric Sussman says:

    They must get the Noble Peace Prize they are so anti- Israel. Don’t worry John Harper the Canadian P. M. will never get it he’s to pro-Israel.

    Thanks again for yesterday.

    Elchanan.

    _____

    • anneinpt says:

      I quite agree re the Nobel Prize. The stupid thing is they’ve made the whole Nobel Peace Prize a laughing stock. Who would want to win it now, after the likes of Carter, Obama, Arafat and the EU?

      A pleasure re yesterday. You’re welcome any time.

    • Earl says:

      Err.. that’s Stephen Harper.

      /but the analysis is bang-on

  2. Andrea says:

    Europeans have not paid any attention to this Nobel – if we talk about ordinary people.
    As far as I am concerned I can not hide my emotions are controversial. I agree that Nobel prize is hilarious yet is true that I belong to the first generation of my family that never experienced war or civil war and riots. No one of my relatives in America and Africa can say the same. Moreover I can easily move from Germany to France without any permission or passport through the same place where millions (millions !!) died and not centuries ago ! In the same way I can move across the Iron Curtain and make deal with old scary enemies like DDR ex- comunist militants without any single bullet exploded before and after 1989. This deserves a Nobel prize ? No, I do not think – We never can say if 60 years of peace are result of self servant people’ hypocrisy with no care for anything out of Europe or genuine effort for peace and social justice – probably both but this is not matter for Prizes.
    It is true that by looking back to these last 55 and more years of life I can honestly says that were really good times for Europe and not sure that years to come will be better.
    In respect of democratic deficiency – well there is considerably worse out of EU or there was in Europe before EU.

    • anneinpt says:

      Yes, life has been good for Europe in general these last 50-60 years (excluding the little problem of Yugoslavia, and now the crisis with the Euro) but as I said, this alone should not bring the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee has simply made a laughing stock of the Peace Prize, and as I said in my reply to “reality”, who would want to receive the Prize nowadays? It’s become almost an insult.

      • Andrea says:

        In fact people do not pay any attention to this discredited Prize. Just one point to pick up : Euro crisis is something serious to deal with but having experienced years in Latin American this does not seem that devasting as I have seen in Chile in early seventies or in Argentina at the turn of the century.
        Furtermore generations of Irishmen, italians and Polish having experienced years of starvation would smile at a crisis like this one . This does not deserve a Nobel Prize anyway .

  3. reality says:

    this has just boggled my mind! Well if the UN & EU ignore Syrias transgressions in the name of keeping the peace & are desperate to get some money as they are in such debt then who else should this money go to? The ACTUAL poor people in various parts of the world who are really peace activists, like journalists locked up in arab countries, or Cuba or litlle girls shot through the head? Be honest would the Nobel committee really think they are more worthy? ha ha

  4. Rob Harris says:

    Its a total absurdity for the EU to get any acknowledgement for stopping conflict in Europe. After WWII the total devastation finally made conditions ripe for peace. Its not for anything there were dramatic societal changes in the West that could have had nothing to do with the EEC/EU. The original coal and steel agreements between France and Germany were a great idea but it bears no relation to the bloated bureaucratic entity that the “EU” became. Arguably, it reached a turning point with the Maastrict Treaty in the early 90′s, and despite disaster they STILL seek expansion!

    Its fascinating how the EEC became instrumental in the delegitimisation of Israel, lead by France and to a lesser extent by Ireland during the 70′s. It was based purely on gaining better access to their markets and ensuring oil security after the 1973 OPEC crisis. The 1980 Venice Declaration which all nine EEC member states signed, was written in collusion with the PLO. It sharply criticised Israel, recognised the role of the PLO in relation to Palestinians achieving statehood. Even Shimon Peres condemned the text saying it came soon after the PLO reaffirmed its position to “liquidate” Israel. The Declaration outraged neighbouring Arab states deu to the land disputes.

    It leaves us with the question, is a Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being mooted as the next winner?

    • Aridog says:

      Either him or Hillary Clinton … before she is anointed a Supreme Court Justice here.

    • Aridog says:

      I was getting ready to make a snarky comment….but then I realized we Yanks are the ones who inflicted the progressive boot licker Woodrow Wilson on the world.

      Therefore: I profusely apologize :-(

      You see, we have learned nothing, and still adore our progressives who adore everyone else but us. Is stupidity genetic or cultural?

      Don’t answer that :-D

  5. peteca1 says:

    I was particularly impressed with how the EU leaders brought peace to the streets of Greece. HAHAHA!!! In fact, I was going to buy them all a celebration dinner in a hotel in Athens. But unfortunately it burned down :-)

    Pete, USA

  6. Earl says:

    Pat Condell utterly rubbishes the Nobel “Peace Prize”- it has had no legitimacy since… Hammarskjold? MLK? Arafat and Annan have won it, for heaven’s sake!

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