I’m not sure why President Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, he hadn’t done anything yet and certainly has done nothing since to earn such an accolade.
But now the European Union has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for “bringing peace to Europe”. I have a few problems with that.
Firstly it devalues the award that has been given to so many who have actually done something amazing.
Secondly the EU we know today only really began in 1992 which gives us 20 years of peace in Europe. One year longer than the inter-war years of 1919-1938. Of course we aren’t on the tipping point of war like 1938, just mass unemployment, riots on the streets of the peripheral states and the brink of economic collapse. But lets not forget the last major conflict in Europe, and I’m not talking about Georgia in 2008. I remember the Bosnian war (1992-1995) as a child and it turns out the EU had nothing to do with peace there either. Maybe the award would be better suited to NATO or the Americans who have done far more since the Second World War to keep Europe safe than any of the pre-EU or the present EU organisations have.
It’s as if the Nobel committee are saying that we would be at war if it wasn’t for the EU. I have to “LOL” at that sentiment.
Conservative front man Martin Callanan said “The Nobel Committee is a little late for an April fools joke. Twenty years ago this award would have been sycophantic, but maybe more justified. Now it is downright out of touch.” and I agree with him.
But since I was recently informed that I am not only British but a “citizen of the EU” I look forward to my share of the prize money.
What are you going to do with your 18.6 pence?