Nobel Peace Prize – the enticement to war mongering
The Nobel Committee has once again done the unthinkable. This year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize is the European Union. It was hard, at first, to figure out whether the media was playing a prank or reporting a fact. Is the Committee that chooses awardees running out of ideas? Or, has sheer common sense vacated the criteria by which the choices are made?
In 2009, they awarded the prize to Barack Obama who had, in the one year or less of his administration, proven his war-mongering credentials. With an audacity that typifies his kind, Obama came armed with an acceptance speech that contained the kind of deceit and duplicity that he has now become notorious for. These words are a display of impudence and self-importance at their worst:
I am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars. One of these wars is winding down. The other is a conflict that America did not seek; one in which we are joined by forty three other countries – including Norway – in an effort to defend ourselves and all nations from further attacks.
Still, we are at war, and I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill. Some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the cost of armed conflict – filled with difficult questions about the relationship between war and peace, and our effort to replace one with the other.
Obama’s entire speech sounded like one coming from someone hit by schizophrenia. In a single breath he spoke as peacemaker and war monger. He branded the wars America was into as the essential ones – obligatory wars that the US had been dragged into for no fault of its own! At the awards ceremony, he role-played the character of a peace messenger and conveniently masked the truth that the real reasons for America’s interventions had their selfish motivations. He concealed the hard truth that the reasons for the ongoing wars were rooted in the gluttonous and covetous nature of the American capitalist system that eyes all possible resources needed for the USA. Obama- as did his predecessors- knew they could concoct credible looking pretexts and then come out triumphantly in a manufactured war.
At the time Obama had won his Nobel Peace prize, there was Iraq and Afghanistan. In less than three years, Obama has enlarged the scope of his wars to Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya and elsewhere while significantly escalating the war in Afghanistan.
The European Union, by contrast, has not gone to war all on its own. Let’s put it down to cowardice. It hides behind the apron strings of the USA and under the guise of NATO, yet supports each and every (mis)adventure of the USA pretending, at the same time, to be the peace maker – arguing quite inanely and blatantly that their own continent has been war-free with the exception of the break-up of Yugoslavia. The Nobel Peace Committee in their scarcity of ideas now awards the EU (otherwise thought of as the ‘B’ Team of the USA) a Nobel Peace prize. Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans, and now Syrians, must be dumbfounded that their tormentors have been granted the status of peace couriers. The Palestinians must wonder why the Zionist collaborators are elevated to the rank of peace makers. Ordinary people are asking why virtually all European countries whose armament industries are robust in their competition to sell arms to developing countries are accorded the status of peace architects. Previously colonized countries must be asking how their plunderers and murderers have not just gotten away with their crimes but now can peddle war and, in fact, guarantee the sales of weapons by manufacturing rebellion in country after country so that their arms have a lucrative market- and then be rewarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
David Swanson in his article “Why Europe Did Not Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize” observes: “Far from doing the best work to abolish or reduce standing armies, Europe has joined with the United States in developing an armed global force aggressively imposing its will on the world”.
The Nobel Peace Prize now stands discredited and unworthy of the awe it once used to be held in. Young generations will doubtless study the wrong lesson- that war is fitting if you can invent a good enough reason to wage it. Hitler convinced his people that the Jews must be exterminated. The world watched in silence embracing connivance. That same world clinches on to complicity of the Zionist victimization of Palestinians.
Neither the USA nor their European agents no what to do about Iran. With Israel fuming and fretting about Iran and its nuclear weapons, a war is looming. That is a war that may have consequences that can leave economics and politics crippled for years to come. The same old story of WMD repeats itself, only this time around Israel and the USA and their subordinates in the EU may live to regret their decision.
The same powers that once fought al-qaeda are now in bed with it’s fighters in Syria. If, indeed, politics makes strange bed fellows, then war for sure makes bizarre partners.
Obama and the EU find themselves hard pressed to find exit strategies from their ill-conceived wars. The war in Afghanistan is one that is particularly humiliating for them. The US has just lost its 2000th soldier in Afghanistan. Several European partners have scooted the scene with their tail between their legs. The Afghans have made it clear that their tolerance and appetite for foreign invasions is nil. There is a long history to the resistance to occupation. The West does not learn. It is too egotistical to be taught by those who they deem as ‘invadable’.
Taliban may not have won their battle but the world should have learned by now that a western intervention in Afghanistan was a grave miscalculation. The Russians learned that lesson the hard way. The Russians fought the Afghan war at the height of the ‘Cold War’ and their intent was to bring Afghanistan under the ideological sphere of control. The Americans went for oil from the Caspian seas- a design to have this oil pumped from under Afghan soil to the USA. Energy expert James Dorian in Oil & Gas Journal on September 10, 2001 has said: “Those who control the oil routes out of Central Asia will impact all future direction and quantities of flow and the distribution of revenues from new production.” The US knows that the other route is via Iran and, for now, and from now, this is a non-starter!
The US stubbornly refuses to acknowledge defeat and that is why Obama plans on retaining a semblance of US presence through mercenaries hired from developing countries. Cowardice – when you want someone else to fight and die for your war! The US has even learned to outsource war!!
At the end of the day all that America has to show for its bravado are body bags of their own soldiers and innocent peoples in the countries they have invaded- heartlessly called “collateral” damage! , and destroyed nations. Iraq is a case in point- a once highly advanced country with a rapidly growing economy, and rapid advances in science and technology was bombed back into under-development. Vietnam still struggles to overcome the punishing invasion of the US in the sixties.
The US and EU must learn one lesson which they seem to unintelligent and conceited to learn- that superior armies don’t produce superior nations. They merely produce bully nations who brow beat and intimidate those who do not possess weapons that can counter them.
With this edition of Hard Truth-Alternative Perspectives, Badayl-Alternatives also suggests two important reading sources that further advance the arguments shared in this article.
Please disseminate them widely.
- Obama’s War Record by Jack A. Smith
- “Why Europe Did Not Deserve A Nobel Peace Prize” by David Swanson
- The wrong Europe wins the Nobel Peace Prize by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
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