The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

I would like to congratulate the 500 million citizens of the European Union for winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.  The same people who awarded one of the world’s greatest honors to Barack Obama upon entering office–before his Afghanistan escalation and his drone assassinations–this time gave the prize to a whole country.  Or, perhaps better, to a whole alliance of different countries.  Even though the union isn’t doing so well right now, what with the economic crisis and the common currency in jeopardy.

If the Norwegian committee that made this decision wanted to honor the European Union as a major achievement in world peace, why wouldn’t it instead honor the people who first had the idea or who implemented the alliance?  I dislike collective entities winning prizes like this, including when Time Magazine gives its “Person of the Year” award to abstractions and non-persons.  But if Norway (which is not even a member of the European Union) wants to award the $1.5 million prize in this way, that’s fine.   But that means the public could offer new kinds of nominees.   For next year, I nominate the following:

(1)  The world’s beaches (for making possible so many peaceful vacations)

(2)  The pharmaceutical industry (for inventing tranquilizers)

(3)  The United States of America (for its role in World Wars I, II, & the Cold War)

Any other nominees?  How about for the other prizes–economics, medicine, literature, etc.–which have arguably gone to individuals for far too long?

 

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to European Union – NYTimes.com.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Dan Kempin

    I nominate mothers. I mean, who has done more for peace than mothers?

  • Dan Kempin

    I nominate mothers. I mean, who has done more for peace than mothers?

  • Random Lutheran

    If you think about it a little, it might have some sense to it. What else has kept Europeans from slaughtering each other for more than 10 years at a time in the past 2000+ years? “Peace” on that side of the pond has generally meant a breather in the fighting more than actual, well, peace.

  • Random Lutheran

    If you think about it a little, it might have some sense to it. What else has kept Europeans from slaughtering each other for more than 10 years at a time in the past 2000+ years? “Peace” on that side of the pond has generally meant a breather in the fighting more than actual, well, peace.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Hot chocolate has been long overlooked for far too long. Its ability to bring together disparate factions of snowball-hurling gradeschoolers is nothing short of miraculous.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Hot chocolate has been long overlooked for far too long. Its ability to bring together disparate factions of snowball-hurling gradeschoolers is nothing short of miraculous.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    “long overlooked for far too long…” Didn’t proofread that one, did I?

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    “long overlooked for far too long…” Didn’t proofread that one, did I?

  • Cincinnatus

    Random Lutheran: By your metric, the USSR should have won the Peace Prize several times.

  • Cincinnatus

    Random Lutheran: By your metric, the USSR should have won the Peace Prize several times.

  • TE Schroeder

    Does the Nobel Peace Prize HAVE to be awarded every year? Couldn’t the committee simply say, “There are no real candidates this year”? Or are they somehow obligated to hand out the prize and fork over the money?

    Maybe withholding the prize until there is a worthy nominee would add some credibility to the prize.

  • TE Schroeder

    Does the Nobel Peace Prize HAVE to be awarded every year? Couldn’t the committee simply say, “There are no real candidates this year”? Or are they somehow obligated to hand out the prize and fork over the money?

    Maybe withholding the prize until there is a worthy nominee would add some credibility to the prize.

  • Random Lutheran

    #5: wuz being at once semi-serious and sarcastic.

  • Random Lutheran

    #5: wuz being at once semi-serious and sarcastic.

  • trotk

    Isn’t it obvious that the most appropriate recipient is beer?

  • trotk

    Isn’t it obvious that the most appropriate recipient is beer?

  • Jeff

    The Peace Prize has lost all credibility. Yassar Arafat and Barack Obama have proved that.

  • Jeff

    The Peace Prize has lost all credibility. Yassar Arafat and Barack Obama have proved that.

  • Cincinnatus

    The Peace Prize hasn’t had any credibility for decades–assuming it even had any at its inception. (Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite)

    One might wonder why journalistic types even talk about it, but then one recalls that journalistic types have faulty vision when it comes to distinguishing items of true importance.

  • Cincinnatus

    The Peace Prize hasn’t had any credibility for decades–assuming it even had any at its inception. (Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite)

    One might wonder why journalistic types even talk about it, but then one recalls that journalistic types have faulty vision when it comes to distinguishing items of true importance.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    It has not always been thus. There have been some worthy recipients (De Klerk & Mandela), and some unworthy ones. However, it seems that the comittee has started using it as a tool to encourage peaceful moves, and that has been a failure altogether.

    Btw, Arafat got it with Rabin,after working together towards a peaceful solution. Not a bad award. But things went south afterwards, with more hardline successors on both sides.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    It has not always been thus. There have been some worthy recipients (De Klerk & Mandela), and some unworthy ones. However, it seems that the comittee has started using it as a tool to encourage peaceful moves, and that has been a failure altogether.

    Btw, Arafat got it with Rabin,after working together towards a peaceful solution. Not a bad award. But things went south afterwards, with more hardline successors on both sides.

  • Matthew

    Puppies, definitely. Except when they chew on furniture.

    On the serious side, Ronald Reagan is long overdue for posthumous recognition for having done more to promote peace than a whole generation of protestors.

  • Matthew

    Puppies, definitely. Except when they chew on furniture.

    On the serious side, Ronald Reagan is long overdue for posthumous recognition for having done more to promote peace than a whole generation of protestors.

  • Pete

    Jesus, maybe? Or is the Nobel prize just for peace that doesn’t surpass all understanding?

  • Pete

    Jesus, maybe? Or is the Nobel prize just for peace that doesn’t surpass all understanding?

  • Other Gary

    TES @ 6 made a great point. Why should a peace prize be awarded in years where no one has done anything staggeringly wonderful for the cause of peace? I think a rules change is in order.

  • Other Gary

    TES @ 6 made a great point. Why should a peace prize be awarded in years where no one has done anything staggeringly wonderful for the cause of peace? I think a rules change is in order.

  • Jon

    Consider it a $1.5M gift to help the EU economic bailout. I bet the memo line on the cheque says “Greece.”

  • Jon

    Consider it a $1.5M gift to help the EU economic bailout. I bet the memo line on the cheque says “Greece.”

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    I nominate the 1911 Colt and the M1 Garand for the Peace Prize. And, of course, nitroglycerine.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bike bubba

    I nominate the 1911 Colt and the M1 Garand for the Peace Prize. And, of course, nitroglycerine.

  • SKPeterson

    The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Wile E. Coyote for bringing joy to millions of children for decades.

    Also, Sophia Loren, and since love is close to peace, the message of love would include a Nobel for Brigitte Bardot.

    And the Girl from Ipanema.

  • SKPeterson

    The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Wile E. Coyote for bringing joy to millions of children for decades.

    Also, Sophia Loren, and since love is close to peace, the message of love would include a Nobel for Brigitte Bardot.

    And the Girl from Ipanema.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    I nominate Mumford and Sons.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    I nominate Mumford and Sons.

  • http://Www.gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    I agree with Bike Buba on the 1911. It has brought more real peace that the EU. I would also nominate Melissa Milano because she’s drop dead gorgeous.

  • http://Www.gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    I agree with Bike Buba on the 1911. It has brought more real peace that the EU. I would also nominate Melissa Milano because she’s drop dead gorgeous.

  • Tom Hering

    The jolly green giant. Oh wait. It’s p-e-a-c-e.

  • Tom Hering

    The jolly green giant. Oh wait. It’s p-e-a-c-e.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I think next time it should go to Italy. Because Italy is where pizza was invented, and pizza makes me happy. Happy people are peaceful people.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I think next time it should go to Italy. Because Italy is where pizza was invented, and pizza makes me happy. Happy people are peaceful people.

  • Alex Philip

    Sleep. Give the peace prize to sleep.

  • Alex Philip

    Sleep. Give the peace prize to sleep.

  • Mr. Warshaw

    The flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz. They were helping the WWW build an oppressive, dictatorial peace until that meddling lass from Kansas got careless with the h20.

  • Mr. Warshaw

    The flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz. They were helping the WWW build an oppressive, dictatorial peace until that meddling lass from Kansas got careless with the h20.

  • The Jungle Cat

    The Constitution of the United States? It’s been a good model for other governments and perhaps we could buy it a really, really expensive casing.

  • The Jungle Cat

    The Constitution of the United States? It’s been a good model for other governments and perhaps we could buy it a really, really expensive casing.

  • Gerry Slykhuis

    How could they overlook Mom and apple pie?

  • Gerry Slykhuis

    How could they overlook Mom and apple pie?