Friday, October 12, 2012

David Swanson: Why Europe Did Not Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize

By David Swanson,, October 12, 2012

Yes, indeed, it is a little-acknowledged feat of miraculous life-saving power that Europe has not gone to war with itself — other than that whole Yugoslavia thing — since World War II.  It’s as clear a demonstration as anything that people can choose to stop fighting.  It’s a testament to the pre-war peace efforts that criminalized war, the post-war prosecutions of the brand new crime of making war, the reconstruction of the Marshall Plan, and … and something else a little less noble, and much less Nobel-worthy.

Alfred Nobel’s will, written in 1895, left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the person who shall have 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.” Fredrik Heffermehl has been leading a valuable effort to compel the Nobel committee to abide by the will. Now they’ve outdone themselves in their movement in the other direction.

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1 comment:

Dr Nasir Khan said...

Many foreigners say Norwegians don't have a sense of humour. But Jagland has shown them to be wrong! And he has done that for the second time on behalf of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Do you remember the first time when he gave the peace prize to the war criminal and war-monger Obama? For what, one may ask. For wars and assassinations
by using Drones? And Obama while delivering the Nobel lecture had used his malarky to defend US wars of aggression!