Today the European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for lifting the continent out of the wars of the 20th century. Never mind that the EU or the idea of it didn’t even exist at the time.
In his speech, Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee patted backs all around. Mikhail Gorbachev was even sited for creating “the external conditions for the emancipation of Eastern Europe”.
Absent from the presentation was ANY mention of the role the United States of America played in the pacification of Europe. No mention of the 183,000 war dead spent on achieving peace in Europe. No mention of the two hundred and fifty billion ($250,000,000,000) 2011 dollars spent rebuilding the cities, economies and European society. No mention of the many tens of billions of dollars spent on defending Western Europe from Mikhail Gorbachev’s Soviet Union for half a century.
For the Nobel Committee to award a Peace Prize to Europe for lifting itself out of a century of war is like giving a patient who nearly died in the hospital after attempting suicide the Nobel Prize for Medicine for simply getting better while failing to mention the doctor who saved its life in even the slightest terms.
To say that it insults me would be an understatement.
But that’s just what an average guy thinks.