It's as clear a
demonstration as anything that people can choose to stop
fighting. It's a testament to the pre-war peace efforts
war, the post-war prosecutions of the brand new crime of
making war, the reconstruction of the Marshall Plan, and ...
and something else a little less noble, and much less
will, written in 1895, left funding for a prize to be
awarded to "the person who shall have done the most or the
best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition
or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and
promotion of peace congresses." Fredrik Heffermehl has been
leading a valuable effort to compel the Nobel committee to
abide by the will.
Now they've outdone themselves in their movement in the
Europe is not a
person. It has not during the past year -- which is the
requirement -- or even during the past several decades done
the most or the best work for fraternity between nations.
Ask Libya. Ask Syria. Check with Afghanistan. See what
Iraq thinks. Far from doing the best work to abolish or
reduce standing armies, Europe has joined with the United
States in developing an armed
aggressively imposing its will on the world.
There were good
nominees and potential nominees available,
even great ones.
Nobelites have almost guaranteed themselves a second-ever
pro-war peace-prize acceptance speech. If you don't recall
who gave the first one, I'll tell you after the US election
when you might be better able to hear me.
What a disgrace
that the Nobel peace prize needs
that don't go to warmongers. What a further shame that even
those don't always go to people who measure up to Nobel's
asking so much really when he asked that a prize go to
whoever did the best work toward abolishing war?
The West is so
in love with itself that many will imagine this award a
success. Surely Europe not going to war with itself is more
important that Europe going to war with the rest of the
many white people might have died if Europe had kept its war
making to itself. By directing the threat of war outward
and engaging in humanitarian wars and philanthropic wars,
Europe has taken us beyond naive war abolition and into an
era of powerful possibilities. Oh, and some dark people
died. But we're looking at the Big Picture.
Does this not
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