Has the Nobel Peace prize losing its credibility?

  Chronos the 2nd 06:35 10 Dec 2012

2009 Barack H. Obama. Never really understood why he was awarded it.

2012 European Union (EU). This has got me completely baffled.

  kad60 07:37 10 Dec 2012

EU prize,

"for six decades of peace and reconciliation,democracy and human rights".

Short answer...YES,

it seems the irony is lost on them that certain warmongers are so sufficiently versed in the practice of peace that they are more deserving than those lesser mortals whose lives are a testament to that principle.

  morddwyd 08:01 10 Dec 2012

It lost its credibility for me when Yasser Arafat got it!

  Chronos the 2nd 08:45 10 Dec 2012


To be fair it was a joint award in 1994.

Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin

  spuds 10:47 10 Dec 2012

Like a lot of these type of 'awards', it starts with very good intentions, but possibly due to 'committee' thinking,which doesn't actually involve the public at selection stage, it loses all credibility and purpose after time.

Perhaps a bit like the Euro Song Contest :O)

  morddwyd 11:04 11 Dec 2012

fourm member

In the "Israeli Settlements" thread on 4 December I suggested that your views, while diametrically opposed to mine on this issue, were at least your own, formed after consideration of all the evidence and arguments.

You might perhaps have extended me the same courtesy, rather than imply simple prejudice.

  johndrew 11:34 11 Dec 2012

I agree the award of this specific Nobel has become rather odd in recent years. There must be a rational explanation but I fail to see it.

Perhaps it is the likes of G W Bush and A C L Blair who are prepared to bomb countries back to the dark ages who attract nomination and consideration by the Committee rather than those who attempt (often fruitlessly) to stop violence in a peaceful way.

The current award to the EU (is it really for not having a European war for seventy years?) appears most strange. Certainly various members of the EU have been involved in causing pain to many others and not preventing it being caused by warring parties. This is not my idea of what a peace prize should be given for.

  spuds 12:06 11 Dec 2012

But doesn't the EU have a great Human Rights policy, something that other countries and its citizen's can only hope for?.

A peace prize selection in the making, if I ever saw one!.

  johndrew 19:58 11 Dec 2012

But doesn't the EU have a great Human Rights policy,

I think that depends on the context in which it is being used.

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