Alfred Nobel Rolls Over

The Nobel Committee, having whetted its appetite for absurdity with a long string of goofy Peace Prize Awards, especially but not limited to the 2009 award for Barack Obama (who had done nothing but get elected to earn it), went all the way by giving the 2012 award to the European Union.

Barack Obama went on to become a “war president,” even regularly picking targets for assassination by drone. So, could Europe continue the trend and head straight towards war?

Maybe. Last year, former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe warned that the unions debt crisis could lead to “the explosion of the European Union itself,” and warned of growing nationalism. And violent unrest.

Dire warnings from former heads of state are one thing. Actual military movements are another. And Switzerland seems to be preparing for the worst:

The Swiss defense ministry told CNBC that it doesn’t rule out having to deploy troops in the coming years.

“It’s not excluded that the consequences of the financial crisis in Switzerland can lead to protests and violence,” a spokesperson told CNBC.com. “The army must be ready when the police in such cases requests for subsidiary help.”

Talk about financial contagion!

Cooler heads may prevail, of course. Matthew Feeney, writing at reason.com, notes that the “most obvious argument against the possibility of war is that there are no likely candidates for the part of aggressor.” And Europe hasn’t exactly been engaging in a massive military build-up, unlike before the two world wars.

Alas, that doesn’t preclude massive rioting and uprisings.

Sovereign financial bankruptcy usually follows war, rather than preceding it. I guess that provides something like hope.

This is Common Sense. Im Paul Jacob.

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Oct
    16
    9:32
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    Drik

    Foundations are universally beset by copious money and no consequences for performance. This combination always attracts the most hard-core lib-progs who then steer the funds to like-minded people, regardless of the proclivity for productivity and independence and performance originally espoused by the person that set up the foundation in the first place.

  2. Oct
    16
    3:06
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    Joel

    Look at some of the other Nobel Prize winners–Gore for a video about global warming.

    And the one–I think “economics”–this year-as i read it, for the use of the web for meeting people or some such thing.

  3. Oct
    17
    12:48
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    Paulina West

    Well-said Drik. Never found an institution. Just be one. ;)

  4. Oct
    17
    12:54
    AM
    Paulina West

    Just so everyone knows, I am with Nigel Farage of the UKIP. With riots and bailouts and the euro failing, to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Europian Union is a kick in the teeth.

    Now is the time for England to have a referendum to get out of the EU. YES or NO. Let the voters decide.

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