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The EU wins the Nobel Peace
Prize: 40 years on, satire
really is now obsolete

Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 10/12/2012 10:11:43 AM

Like most people, I reacted to the news that the EU had won the Nobel Peace Prize with a shout of delighted mirth. In picking this moment--just as the euro brings national antagonisms to a new high--the committee members have revealed a sublime comic genius. It is 40 years since, hearing that the award had gone to Henry Kissinger, Tom Lehrer declared 'satire is now obsolete'. Not even Lehrer at his most fanciful would have imagined the committee passing over Irena Sendler, who had repeatedly risked her life to save children from the Warsaw Ghetto, in favour of Al Gore.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Merrijane, 10/12/2012 10:17:59 AM     (No. 8928077)

Who nominated the EU??

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/12/2012 10:23:13 AM     (No. 8928091)

The EU nominated themselves. It remains to be seen how many EUites will die as they fight over the $$ part of this fiasco.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Northcross, 10/12/2012 10:23:45 AM     (No. 8928094)

The same EU that is about to collapse under its own bureaucratic weight? That wants to redistribute wealth from the achieving nations to prop up failed socialist regimes? That EU? Makes perfect sense to me!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 10/12/2012 10:48:27 AM     (No. 8928152)

What if they handed out an irrelevant award and nobody cared?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Frank Dunn, 10/12/2012 10:55:55 AM     (No. 8928168)

Came down to a choice of the EU or Obama. Since the Nobel Committee wants to award Obama in 2013 whether he is reelected or not, it selected the equally undeserving EU. Obama will receive Peace Prize in 2013 to either insult a President Romney or to acknowledge the unprecedented achievement that BO is the first black president to be reelected in US history. And to quote our VP, That's not malarkey, folks.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: federale, 10/12/2012 10:59:15 AM     (No. 8928178)

The Nobel Prize was originally intended to reward a person or persons for a lifetime of work culminating in a great achievement. Today it represents one square on a roll of toilet paper.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Douglas DC, 10/12/2012 11:09:31 AM     (No. 8928198)

Now for the unraveling of the EU...
Will the Trains start running on time
in Italy? A Demagog rise in Germany?
The French start insulting tourists?
Oh, wait...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TNVolunteer, 10/12/2012 11:14:50 AM     (No. 8928213)

Anyone ever hear of the Marshall Plan? That is what got the Western European countries on their feet. No mention of that as part of the EU recovery.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 10/12/2012 11:49:35 AM     (No. 8928309)

Next the Nobels will award to themselves for being so nobley

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Pete Stone, 10/12/2012 12:09:16 PM     (No. 8928365)

The article says it all and says it superbly. No further comments from me.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: markinalpine, 10/12/2012 12:43:59 PM     (No. 8928464)

It must have been too late for them to nominate and award their (ig)Noble Piece of
Excrement pirze to Big Bird.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: horacer, 10/12/2012 12:46:40 PM     (No. 8928472)

We really do live in Bizarro World.

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