So the Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union “for [having] over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.” Wikipedia says the prize is worth US$1.2 million. I wonder if EU will give the money to Greece or Spain or… Goldman Sachs. Perhaps this prize will revive rating agencies’ faith in the EU and encourage them to stop lowering their ratings. L’espoir fait vivre…
Western Europe (and not the whole European continent) has indeed been more peaceful compared to the era before WWII. But, forgive me not being a European, many of these same countries have been involved in conflicts and wars elsewhere in the world with and without United Nations mandate. “Over six decades” even includes a period during which some of these peace-striving states were still colonizing other countries in the world.
I guess this prize is meant to encourage the laureate to “contribute to the advancement of peace” in the rest of the world calling for another prize in 2070. And I say this because it’s the only explanation I found three years ago when the prize was awarded to US president Barack Obama. Again l’espoir fait vivre. That prize not only pushed Obama to work hard in order to really deserve it, with close to no result one must admit. It also pushed some others to spread peace and democracy in the world. I am actually surprised that EU was found more deserving than say former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and democracy-evangelist-in-Libya Bernard Henry-Levy. Unless the Norwegian Committee decided to postpone till things calm down in Libya and in neighbouring Mali. Or if a war is launched “on terror” in Mali, to make a bundle prize for Obama, Sarkozy, BHL, Hollande and, I would happily add Tony Blair and George W. Bush pour l’ensemble de leur oeuvre.
And since I am at nominating future laureates and because of what I wrote above, I think I will just do like some of my compatriots and petition for Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be rewarded for all what he did in Algeria and elsewhere. It is a shame the prize cannot be given to dead people because otherwise I would have nominated Chadli Bendjedid and Benbella whom I just discovered to be angels from all the tributes people paid to them after their passing away.
Speaking of Algerian candidates, Algerian author Assia Djebbar has failed once again in getting the Nobel Literature Prize (these Chinese are taking everything) for which she is nominated every year by Algerian newspapers (don’t laugh!) and despite Ariel the Dolphin’s prophecy.
I just watched “5 broken cameras” (trailer here), the film made by Emad Burnat on the resistance of the inhabitants of Bil’in, and I think Emad, these people, “Fil” who died in the film, etc. should get this Nobel Peace Prize. But hey doing so means Palestinians will take over all the prizes for many years to come.
I shouldn’t care much about this. The physicist I am is more interested in Serge Haroche and David Wineland.