Friday, October 12, 2012

EU Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize before he had done anything. The prize to the EU seems like the opposite: a sort of lifetime achievement award (overlooking a few mishaps such as Srbrenica and Kosovo). Europe may be collapsing, but it's not at war. In this light, the prize, while somewhat pointless, is not absurd. But it must seem a rather bitter pill to everyone but the fatuous José Manuel Barroso, who was crowing about the award this morning. Europe would do better to take care of its problems than to sit on its laurels.

2 comments:

PF said...

It's like giving awards to Martin Scorsese for his last several bloated films, as some payback for overlooking "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull."

Anonymous said...

Seeing as the attack on Yugoslavia was perpetrated by NATO, not the EU, responsibility for that fiasco (and the ethnic cleansing that occurred under NATO's watch in 2004) lies somewhere else. Or are we still applying different standards when judging the military adventurism of Democratic and Republican administrations?

Kosovo was the first major step to the near constant violation of international law that has characterized U.S. foreign policy for the past decade.