In what has to be considered one of the biggest pranks in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize the panel in charge of giving out the award decided on the European Union as this years recipient. The rationale is simple I suppose in that one of the reasons the EU was founded was to integrate Europe to lessen the chance for war between member countries. Since its founding no member state has fought another. What those in charge of the award seem to have conveniently forgotten was the role that NATO played in Europe since the end of World War II. Specifically the contributions of the US, UK, and Canada. For it was these 3 members of NATO that do not reside on the continent of Europe but still provided literally hundreds of thousands of soldiers as a part of the NATO frame work to keep the peace on the continent that should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The reason I say this is simple because nothing the EU is credited with having done would have been possible without the soldiers from these countries literally making the possibility of war between member states all but impossible. Frankly the award being given to the EU for what NATO really accomplished is a slap in the face to all those who served in Europe as a part of NATO. The reality of what happened last week was that the EU received an award that NATO should have been given. This happened not because the EU deserved the award but because the EU is falling apart and those in charge wanted to give the organization some positive news for once. This attempt at positive reinforcement failed miserably because any rational thinkers outside of mainland Europe know the EU is undeserving of the award. The end result has thus been to further tarnish a damaged brand that already had looked incredibly incompetent after awarding the prize to President Obama who had done nothing to deserve it. Perhaps it’s time to recognize that the award and the publicity that goes with it just is not what it has been hyped up to be. To be honest it has become a joke.