|"Seriously? 200 Euro for this bouquet?"|
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) receives flowers
from Atle Leikvoll, Norway's Ambassador to the European Union
OSLO (Reuters) - The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace, democracy and human rights over six decades in an award seen as a morale boost as the bloc struggles to resolve its economic crisis.
The award served as a reminder that the EU had largely brought peace to a continent which tore itself apart in two world wars in which tens of millions died.
Hard to believe. But it's true. The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I particularly like the second paragraph, especially the part "the EU had largely brought peace to a continent which tore itself apart in two world wars in which tens of millions died". Hhhmm, and there I was thinking it was troops from the USA, UK and the USSR which had finally brought peace (of a sort) to Europe back in 1945.
I guess as no one has invaded Poland or France since the late '30s - early '40s of the last century, Europe has been rather peaceful. Well, except for that whole Balkans thing in the '90s. I guess as they're not part of the European Union, that doesn't really count. So yes, very peaceful.
How come Canada didn't get the nod? They've been peaceful for way longer than 60 years.
Why is Europe now so very peaceful? So peaceful that they've been given an award for being peaceful. Yes, those wonderful Eurocrats have brought this about. They must be rewarded.
Why I remember seeing the documentaries of the Eurocrats storming ashore at Normandy...
No wait, that was the Allied armies. British, American, Canadian, Polish and French soldiers, sailors and airmen, Not a single Eurocrat in the bunch.
No wait, now I remember, the Eurocrats fought to the death at Stalingrad and destroyed Hitler's Sixth Army...
Oops, those were Russian soldiers, sailors and airmen. Again, no Eurocrats shed their blood on the battlefields of the Eastern front.
Ah yes, that's it. When the Cold War began and the Iron Curtain came down. The Eurocrats poured their treasure and troops in to hold back the Communist threat.
Nope, nope, nope. That's not right. Those were nation-states that did that. The US, the UK, France, Holland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Italy and Denmark. No Eurocrats involved. And as I do recall, a lot of American tax dollars were used to build that bulwark against the God-less commies.
This is even stranger than when the Obummer got one "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" in October of 2009. When he'd been President for less than a year.
I suppose the Eurocrats should get some recognition for not starting World War III.