Friday, October 12, 2012

Nobel Peace Prize

People are saying that the EU did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.

I would have them consider that Europe has been engaged in gigantic wars since the collapse of the Roman Empire, including such grandly named conflicts as

  • The Hundred Years War
  • The Eighty Years War
  • The Thirty Years War
  • The Seven Years War
  • The Polish-Lithuanian Deluge
  • World War 1
  • World War 2
And of course, who could forget
  • The Napoleonic Invasion of Europe
  • The Crimean War
  • The War of Portuguese Independence
  • The Franco-Prussian War
  • The Austro-Prussian War
  • The Kalmar War
  • The Schlieshwig War
Conflicts between European nations have led to some of the most terrible wars in history.

Since the formation of the EEC, and then the EU, no member state has gone to war with another, and the European Continent has been, with the exception of Yugoslavia, kept free from open warfare. Even today open hostility as a result of the EU debt crisis is completely unthinkable, and most European nations have grown so peacefully indolent that the military capacity to wage a major war exists on the continent only in the form of US and Russian bases.

The Nobel Peace Prize was founded to acclaim the person or group who has "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

The Peace Prize committee has done some tremendously silly things, but this was not one of them.

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