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EUROPEAN UNION RECEIVES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR NOT SLAUGHTERING EACH OTHER OVER FINANCIAL CRISIS
October 12 2012
Oslo, Norway – There has been something really remarkable going on inside Europe for the last couple of years, that is something no one will debate. Amidst all the financial turmoil, all the bickering and infighting, and against odds that would fell lesser unions, the EU has not collapsed.
Given the history of Europe, easily the bloodiest continent on the planet which, recently, fought the two bloodiest battles in human history, a descent into conflict and war would really have been anticipated and even expected. With all that strife, arguably more than the continent has ever experienced before, a collapse into war would have been standard fare for the countries there. That, though, has not happened.
That fact has drawn a lot of attention and now has won the EU the Nobel Peace Prize, a controversial decision that has already drawn criticism because, well, they always do but is perhaps the first real recognition of the extreme efforts made by European countries to not start slaughtering each other. It’s believed entirely possible that the battle over who actually gets to keep the award could lead to such violence but we will have to wait and see.
“The stabilizing part played by the European Union has helped to transform a once-torn Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace,” said Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland. “Today war between Germany and France is unthinkable. This shows how, through well-aimed efforts and by building up mutual confidence, historical enemies can become close partners.”
Many have of course lashed out at the Nobel committee for the award, mostly people who want war and strife on the continent.
It’s not clear how long the peace on the continent will last but it probably won’t be all that long because how could it really?
“It’s an interesting choice and one that will of course create a great deal of strife and conflict unto itself because, well, because it is Europe after all. I mean sure they have done well by not killing each other with abandon of late but this award could very well be the thing that breaks the camel’s back. Getting the Peace Prize could well be the Franz Ferdinand of the modern era,” said Scrape TV European analyst Gillian Weismann. “Something has to after all. I mean this peace can’t last forever. It has to eventually break apart and descend into a massive conflict and this is as good a motivator as any.”
It’s not clear when the EU will collapse into anarchy and bloodlust but they will likely wait until after the award is actually presented.
“The EU has been a great, great experiment. One of the greatest in human history and done in the place where it was faced with the greatest challenge and that is a remarkable happening. The fact that it has continued in the face of all the trouble it has seen recently is even more remarkable and deserving of the award,” continued Weismann. “It won’t last of course, the peace, but at least we have it for now and that is something worth celebrating. It will give the people of Europe a good memory to hearken back to in the dark days ahead as their families are butchered in the night and they starve to death and that is not meaningless.”
The fight for who will actually accept the award has just begun.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent