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The Nobel Peace Prize Is a Joke
Daily Beast ^ | 10/12/2012 | Michael Moynihan

Posted on 10/13/2012 9:39:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Once again, the toothless committee of unexceptional Norwegians has bestowed the world’s highest honor not for achievement, but for expectation. Hey EU! Kissinger and Obama are waiting to congratulate you backstage.

In case you thought the crumbling, ineffective, and overly-bureaucratic European Union was on life-support, the Eurozone in danger of splintering, and the single currency on the verge of collapse, a group of unexceptional Norwegians would like you to remember that the 27 member states of the EU are, in fact, the global bulwark against war and misery.

But when the Nobel Committee announced in Oslo on Friday that it would award its 2012 Peace Prize to the EU, the room full of journalists reacted appropriately—with a chorus of Joe Biden-like guffaws and incredulous yaps.

It was an award for the entire continent, a thanks-for-not-indulging-genocidal-instincts-so-common-before-the-EU trophy. This was something like Time magazine’s decision to name “You,” its readers, as “Person of the Year” in 2006, though here there’s a million dollars of prize money attached (which works out to about .0027 euro per citizen).

Of course, there was no shortage of European politicians and bureaucrats ready to praise the committee’s sagacity. Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl said the choice was “wise and far-sighted,” underscoring the frequent presumption that the Norwegian committee offers prizes not based on previous accomplishments but expected future ones. In this case, the expected accomplishment is merely the rescue of Greece, Spain, Italy—that is, the entire European project.

The Norwegian committee—representing a non-EU member state—often does its part to influence political outcomes. In 1973, Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were waging a brutal and bloody war in Vietnam—one that had not yet ended when the prize was awarded—but the committee wanted to reward progress, if not exactly peace. Two warriors recast as champions of nonviolence, with the hope that they would at least take the hint. And what of awarding the prize to Yasser Arafat, who not only waged war on behalf of a liberationist movement, but was also rather fond of deliberate attacks on noncombatants (i.e., terrorism), like the 1972 murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics?

In other words, this prize was never strictly about “peace,” but rather the political result the committee expected and encouraged.

There is no better illustration of this instinct than the awarding of the 2009 prize to President Barack Obama, who, while not even a year into his first term, nonetheless impressed the Norwegians by not being President George W. Bush, despite extending large chunks of his foreign policy. Of course, wars continue, drones fall, Guantanamo is still in business, embassies are attacked, and American troops continue to fight a futile war in Afghanistan. So even by the measure of hopefulness, the Norwegians have been colossally wrong.

This history didn’t squelch the hosannas, such as that from European Commission president José Manuel Barroso, to whom the 2012 award demonstrated that the EU is something “precious,” and the award “justified recognition for a unique project that works for the benefit of its citizens and also for the benefit of the world.”

Others eschewed Barroso’s squishiness while still casting the honor as backwards-looking, a celebration of achievement and not expectation. The European Union, which was established in 1993, and its precursor organizations "helped to transform a once-torn Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement. According to Thorbjørn Jagland, the committee’s chairman, “today war between Germany and France is unthinkable” because of the EU.

This is sophistry of the first order. There are a number of overlapping and interwoven reasons for the relative calm of modern Europe, and none of them are related to the moral authority or peace-making capabilities of the European Union or the endless diktats emanating from Brussels. If one wants to honor those who brought peace to Europe, let’s be heterodox and suggest the American and British militaries and NATO deserve a rather large share of the credit for establishing and keeping the peace. In fairness, the United States wasn’t entirely forgotten by Mr. Jagland, who, when asked about the economic crisis ravaging many EU countries, responded, “It started in the United States, and we had to deal with it.” So there you have it. The peace of Europe, partially secured and underwritten by America, was the doing of the EU, but Washington and Wall Street did bequeath to Europe the gift of financial collapse.

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1 posted on 10/13/2012 9:39:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Can I get a “DUH??” Three examples off the top of my pointy head: Carter, Arafat and Obama. There are more. If Hitler were alive, he’d be another.


2 posted on 10/13/2012 9:42:03 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Don’t forget AlGore- he got the Peace Prize for making a movie of environmental falsehood. The Nobel Prize has less prestige than a youth soccer participation trophy.


3 posted on 10/13/2012 9:44:31 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: Cyber Liberty

was thinking the same about hitler....my thinking....if hitler killed all the enemy, there would be peace. same mo as islam


4 posted on 10/13/2012 9:45:33 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Baynative

AL Gore won for his Powerpoint slides over the saintly and more deserving nominee — IRENA SENDLER, who was in her late 90’s and died a year later.

See here for her bio:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler


5 posted on 10/13/2012 9:46:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

After awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to Obama in 2008...how could it possibly go to a mere mortal in this the next election cycle...?


6 posted on 10/13/2012 9:48:08 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Cyber Liberty

RE: If Hitler were alive, he’d be another.

Neville Chamberlain would have been given the award for bringing “Peace in our time” with his agreement with Hitler.


7 posted on 10/13/2012 9:48:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Could be a typing error I suppose. Maybe they’re coming up with a new Nobel Pizza Prize and didn’t change the spelling.

They didn’t burn a bunch of Pizza delivery cars in Paris this year, so this may be warranted.


8 posted on 10/13/2012 9:54:09 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Biden disrespect wasn't limited to Ryan. It was an insult to me and every other U. S. Citizen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How come no thread about Nobel Literature Prize? Do we read? What do we read? Self-published future war tripe of members?


9 posted on 10/13/2012 9:56:55 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Fitzy_888

Giving Obama the prize, made it a mere joke for the future.

It means nothing at all anymore. This year’s pick is equally as amusing. It’s as if the body picking the recipient had gone senile.


10 posted on 10/13/2012 9:57:38 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Biden disrespect wasn't limited to Ryan. It was an insult to me and every other U. S. Citizen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Nobel peace prize is a joke...do dah...do dah.


11 posted on 10/13/2012 10:00:47 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: SeekAndFind
In 1973, Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were waging a brutal and bloody war in Vietnam—one that had not yet ended when the prize was awarded—

Not true. The Paris peace accords were signed by Kissinger and Le Duc Tho in January 1973, with an immediate cease-fire and ending open military action(at least for the time being). The prize was awarded in October 1973.

Not an unreasonable award at the time.

12 posted on 10/13/2012 10:09:15 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind
DUH... what was their first clue???
13 posted on 10/13/2012 10:11:17 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet Libya was runner-up


14 posted on 10/13/2012 10:20:42 AM PDT by Morris70
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama’s prize was absurd especially as we learned how the process works. The nominations for 2009 were due on Feb. 1, 2009, when Obama had been president for exactly 11 days. Clearly, his nomination was not based on anything he had done as president. What a joke.


15 posted on 10/13/2012 10:34:06 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Conservative4Ever

Finally, some decent lyrics for that stupid tune!


16 posted on 10/13/2012 10:35:57 AM PDT by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: Baynative

Irena Sendler v. Al Gore

http://www.merlinsilk.com/2009/09/04/irena-sendler-v-al-gore/

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2007/10/15/nobel-committee-bypassed-holocaust-savior-al-gore


17 posted on 10/13/2012 10:39:10 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Nobel peace prize is a joke? And this is a new revelation?


18 posted on 10/13/2012 10:40:34 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: SeekAndFind

The Nobel Peace Prize has been a joke for decades. Giving it to Obama in 2008 was just the icing on the cake.


19 posted on 10/13/2012 10:42:01 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't get this joke.


20 posted on 10/13/2012 10:44:38 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!
The joke is that Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, to make war so horrible that all wars would end, set the peace prize up in the first place.

It's been a boon-doggle since the beginning, but it's foundation money, and my taxes aren't supporting it, so let them pour water into acid. It's a teachable moment.

/johnny

21 posted on 10/13/2012 11:20:58 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind
Once again, the toothless committee of unexceptional Norwegians has bestowed the world’s highest honor not for achievement, but for expectation. Hey EU!

Not so much. However bad things are now with the EU, the organizations which preceeded it deserve a lot of credit for keeping Europe halfway civilized in the years after WWII. I certainly would have given them the awared 40 or 50 years ago if it had been mine to give. As prize winners go, this year's isn't awful (as some have been down through the years). A bit comical, certainly, given all their recent problems, but not a disaster or a disgrace.

22 posted on 10/13/2012 1:37:41 PM PDT by x
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To: Baynative

My favorite Nobel Peace Prize “winners” to laugh at are Obama, algore, Carter, and Arafat. There are many others that bring guffaws out of me, especially after researching exactly what they did, and how “effective” they were. For many their claim to fame is solely how much they advanced Communism.

There is another broad group to laugh at: those with “good intentions” ... like those who were involved in formulating the “Locarno Treaty” (England promised to protect France from German invasion, and Germany signed on to that) and the Kellogg-Briand Treaty (signatory states promised not to use war to resolve “disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them”.) LOL ... those really worked out. Also the many prizes given to the League of Nations organizers ... really great organization.

They had a good run in the (early) ‘60s, but somewhere around 1990, when Gorbachev was given the “prize” and Reagan was shunned, it became a true joke, and I stopped having any respect for their opinion of what was “peaceful” activity and effectiveness.

They sure have been tickling my funny bone in recent years.


23 posted on 10/13/2012 1:39:00 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: SeekAndFind

When they gave an unknown, Obama, The Peace Prize for doing nothing, I realized then that it was worth nothing, absolutely nothing.


24 posted on 10/13/2012 4:38:45 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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