And the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize goes to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who languishes in a Siberian jail for crossing Russia’s strongman Vladimir Putin. It goes to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who was severely beaten by Robert Mugabe’s thugs in Zimbabwe. It goes to Cuban political prisoners (both known and unknown), and millions of North Koreans enslaved in that country’s labor camps.
The esteemed members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee have awarded the 2012 prize to the European Union ..
According to the Committee, the EU got the Prize for “the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.” To be sure, trade liberalization and the breaking down of the national barriers to the movement of goods, services, people, and capital made Europe more prosperous and cooperative.
.. As for democracy, the Peace Prize award to the EU drips with irony. The EU is not only un-democratic, in the sense that it is run by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, it is positively anti-democratic, in the sense that the democratically expressed wishes of the European peoples are either ignored or treated with contempt ..
The truth is that the world is full of people doing heroic things every day. Just think of the “tank man” who stopped a column of the Chinese tanks in the Tiananmen Square in 1989. Or corruption fighters like John Githongo in Kenya and Nuhu Ribadu in Nigeria. These people are worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize.
To give it to the EU is absurd. Then again, the current members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee would probably fail to recognize absurdity if it slapped them in the face and did a Macarena.