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How Nobel is the European Union, Really?
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How Nobel is the European Union, Really?

So the EU received the Nobel Peace Prize "for having over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."
‘Six decades’ means 1952 through 2012. That makes the words ‘in Europe’ important because during the first of the decades the most important Member State was fighting colonial wars in North Africa and Indochina which involved the level of atrocities usual for endeavors to bring the light of European civilization to dark skinned people. Later, in the 1980s, we saw another important State fight furiously to take back a pile of rocks in South Atlantic. Some of the Member States are major arms exporters. Of course, when Milosevic made his bid to liberate the Balkans from Islam, the then Twelve behaved as model pacifists.

True enough, there have been no wars between Member States since the spectacular WWII. To varying degrees, they were involved in the Cold War and now participate in what we are supposed to call the ‘War on Terror’, but then again, most countries are dragged into these conflicts.

Formalistically, the Institutions of the European Union have next to no connection with Members’ military actions. Realistically, those Institutions are tightly controlled by the leading politicians of largest States, so there is an unofficial link with their overseas wars.

Should we conclude that the Prize is undeserved? Let us take a closer look at the the list of past winners. Nearly all Nobel Peace Prize Laureates fall into two categories; the acceptable, and the militarist.

Most people agree with honoring Linus Pauling , MLK, Willy Brandt , Lech Walesa , Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev , Jimmy Carter , to name some of the best known acceptable winners.

The militarist Laureates are known to the educated public because they started wars, or at least participated actively in armed conflicts which claimed millions of our lives. Inevitably, there were lots of human rights abuses; everything from relatively harmless pilfering and vandalizing civilian property, to gang rape, mass murder and torturing defenseless people to death Here is a selection. Note that we are discussing the Nobel Peace Prize so the question is emphatically not whether the Laureates were fighting for a good cause but rather whether they fight period. (Of course, the Prize was awarded for achievements other than killing.) Theodore Roosevelt started and won the Spanish American war. General George Marshall increased the size of the US military forces forty fold. Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho both contributed to one of the most brutal wars (4+ million dead) in the second half of the XX century and did not end it at all. Then there are Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin , Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin , Simon Peres . all of them willing and active participants in the 60+ year war over the Near East.

So both Brussels and Oslo have mixed records in their struggle to promote peace. This prize has been accepted by colonialists and liberators, militarists and pacifists. All in all, the European Union deserves the award more than some of the past winners.

So, congratulations, and please try to do better from now on.
At this time, the most threatening part of the Staff Regulation Reform is the plan to drop 5% of the jobs from the establishment plans of our Institutions. Promises of "doing more with less" may be dismissed as hot air.

Accepting a Peace Prize is the time to call an armistice in war that top EU politicians are fighting against us, their staff, as though we were responsible for the financial crisis caused by them bailing out their billionaires friends.

The Prize should be celebrated by founding an "Agency for Peace", which will not suffer from a shortage of challenges to meet. Considering that Europe is next door to the Near East, the money would be well spent, even from a selfish point of view. Instead of cutting 5% of our jobs, they should be reassigned to peace work because peace begins at home.

Michael Ashbrook


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