I had to check to make sure it wasn’t April 1st when I heard today that the EU has been given the Nobel Peace Prize.
Here is our London MEP’s take on one of the most ridiculous awards I think has ever been given
The European Union & the Nobel Peace Prize
“This award makes a mockery of the Prize”
Gerard Batten MEP
(With Thanks to the Researchers of the UKIP MEP Delegation of the European of Freedom & Democracy Group in the European Parliament)
The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Committee said that the EU had helped to transform Europe “from a continent of war to a continent of peace”. This is outright nonsense. The war ended in 1945: The European Economic Community (Common Market) wasn’t formed until 1957. What kept the peace in Europe since 1945 was NATO; the military might of the USA and Britain; and the restoration of democracy to various countries of Europe. The European Union had nothing to do with any of this.
This award needs to be seen in the light of the EU actions in regard to ‘peace’ over the years.
The EU claimed at the outbreak of the Bosnian civil war in 1991 that ‘The hour of Europe has come’. Jacques Poos, who held the rotating Presidency of the EU at the time, boasted the EU would stop the war in Bosnia. Four years later, the EU had still done nothing, 250,000 Bosnians were dead or displaced, and it took the Americans to intervene.
The EU sold Gaddafi’s Libya around €300 million worth of arms and arms licenses over a 5 year period before his overthrow. The Guardian published a very revealing exposé of this. Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/mar/01/eu-arms-exports-libya
Interesting that this was the same Gaddafi’s Libya they said in a joint statement from Van Rompuy and Barroso was one of ‘repression and despotism’. If it was so bad, and the EU was so peaceful, why were they so gleefully selling it arms for years?
How EU ‘peace keepers’ in the Congo during Operation Artemis were accused of torture. Heavily armed Europeans torturing Africans isn’t exactly peaceful. Source: http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,3223692,00.html
The EU is a major arms dealer on the world market, making over $400 billion. The liberal New York Times has called the EU hypocritical. winner.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/world/europe/06iht-letter06.html?_r=1&
Somali piracy. In the 1990s, EU fishing fleets destroyed the fish stocks off the Horn of Africa. As a result, desperate former fishermen in Somali resorted to piracy. The African Prospects Magazine estimates that EU fleets stole five times the commercial value of fish from Somali waters that Somali receives in foreign aid each year. The destruction of the Somali coastal economy has bred piracy and violence. Economically devastating poor countries and pushing its people into armed criminal gangs is hardly the stuff of peace prize winners.?
Now piracy off the Horn of Africa is one of the most serious challenges to global security. It has been estimated that it costs the global economy $8 BILLION a year. Around 80% of these costs are born by commercial shipping firms, who have to pay much higher insurance premiums, pay for armed guards on board and put extra fuel in their boats so they can pass through danger spots quicker. winner.http://rt.com/business/news/somalia-piracy-cost-report-877/
The Nobel Peace Prize has an interesting list of former nominees. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was nominated twice in 1945 and 1948. The nomination was on the grounds he was going to help end World War II, and thus create peace. Summary executions.http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/shortfacts.html
One former winner is Yasser Arafat who won it in 1993. Arafat is on record as saying “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations”. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/y/yasser_arafat.html#S0YXEqrEFeL18leQ.99
Norway refused twice to join the EU if it is so great why did the Norwegian people refused to join the EU in two separate referendums?
Barack Obama was given the prize just two months into office. He beat Morgan Tsvanagarai to the prize, who had bravely faced down Mugabe for years in Zimbabwe. Obama went on to expand the war in Afghanistan and backed NATO attacks on Libya
What will the EU do with the prize money? Will it donate some to the EU mechanism for stability? Maybe the EU will give some of the prize money to Spain, which is now so poor thanks to the Euro, that the Red Cross are handing out food parcels, much as they do in Africa, Asia and conflict zones http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215479/Red-Cross-urges-Spanish-donate-money-food-parcels-to-countrymen-2-3-million-deemed-extremely-vulnerable.html?ito=feeds-newsxml