European Union: another questioned Nobel Prize

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E.U. as Unworthy of Nobel Peace Prize as Obama (La Jornada, Mexico)

 

"During the first decade of this century, and up to now, the Brussels-based community has served as the principal ally of a warmongering and colonialist Washington. It is relevant to note the participation of several of its members in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2003, in the Western intervention in Libya, which resulted in the overthrow and murder of Muammar Qaddafi, and maneuvers to destabilize Syria."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Neus Coll Ruiz

 

October 14, 2012

 

Mexico La Jornada Original Article (Spanish)

Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland once again announces a controversial Nobel Peace Prize winner - the European Union.

 

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The decision to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, for its achievements in advancing peace and reconciliation on the old continent has resulted in reactions of disgruntlement and astonishment among a huge portion of the global public, similar to those generated at the time Barack Obama was granted the award in 2009.

 

At the moment, such reactions appear justified. No one can deny that over the past six decades, amid efforts to achieve multinational integration in Europe, that region of the world has achieved a climate of relative peace, in which two of its most powerful members - France and Germany - have exceeded the historical animosity that led them to feature in two world wars during the twentieth century. But that reality, however valuable, is in stark contrast to its international profile, which discredits its contribution to peace, democracy and human rights as argued by the Nobel committee.

 

During the first decade of this century, and up to now, the Brussels-based community has served as the principal ally of a warmongering and colonialist Washington. It is relevant to note the participation of several of its members in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2003, in the Western intervention in Libya, which resulted in the overthrow and murder of Muammar Qaddafi, and maneuvers to destabilize Syria, where they have provided support to groups opposed to Bashar al-Assad. Equally questionable is the recognition given to the unilateral independence of Kosovo in 2008, a situation that precipitated the biggest crisis between Russian and the West since the end of the Cold War, and their recent hostility toward the Iranian regime - all of which are positions that have fueled tension and uncertainty in the international arena.

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Moreover, political and economic integration on the old continent, so praised by the Norwegian committee, has coincided with the resurgence of government action to persecute, discriminate and segregate non-European immigrants - particularly Latin American, African and Asian, and has resulted in an increase in violations of their individual rights members of the E.U. grouping. That fact contradicts the assumptions made by the organization when it comes to contributions to the defense of human rights made by member nations.

 

But perhaps the main focus for questioning the award announced yesterday is that it comes when it was decided, at the very top of the political and economic power of the community, that the best way to cope with the economic crisis afflicting several economies of the old continent is through austerity policies that come at a cost of greater human sacrifice, and multiply the social and economic devastation that generate discontent, lawlessness and social destabilization.

 

Perhaps the most telling indicator of the discredit and loss of legitimacy that the E.U. faces among its inhabitants today is that, while most European leaders yesterday welcomed the Nobel Peace Prize, for many citizens of the problematic countries, the award represents in the best of cases, an anticlimactic and irrelevant recognition, and at worst, yet another cause for indignation and outrage.

 

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