Sunday, October 14, 2012
THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE TO E.U. - EDITORIAL SAYS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO NATO - AWARD WAS A BIT FLAKY BUT THIS SUGGESTION IS MENTALLY UNBALANCED - PRIZE'S SAD HISTORY
POSTED RESPONSES TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Of course, the right-wing hacks who regularly write editorials at the Stackhouse Globe would say that.
A bloody military organization for a peace prize?
A military organization which, with the end of the Cold War, has no legitimate purpose beyond maintaining American hegemony in Europe and serving as a responsibility-diffusing "front" for brutal American policies like those in Afghanistan or Libya or Yemen or Syria?
An organization which in recent years has killed tens of thousands?
The prize for the EU was a bit flaky, but the Globe's suggestion is genuinely mentally-unbalanced.
But then the Peace Prize has almost no meaning any more in view of its shabby record.
Other winners include Barack Obama, who is now busy slaughtering thousands of people by drones; Henry Kissinger, a genuine war criminal; Andrei Sakharov, father of the Russian hydrogen bomb; Simon Peres, political father of Israel's nuclear arsenal; Menachim Begin, an old Irgun terrorist with lots of blood on his hands; Al Gore, the biggest phony pitchman since Oral Roberts; Mother Teresa, a religious zealot of questionable ethics; and Aung San Suu Kyi who plays the professional victim for American foreign policy besides being a bit off her nutter.
By the way, the Globe editorially now seems an out-of-date Cold Warrior. I hesitate to say it, but the tone really has become almost un-Canadian. Look South to the land of Captain Ahab chasing after White Whales for its origin.
I'm nominating John Stackhouse next year for his diplomatic finesse in dealing with the embarrassing Margaret Wente.
He managed to make both plagiarism and hypocrisy quietly acceptable.
No one was hurt in the ugly battle (not counting the Globe's reputation), and everyone went home keeping a job.
That's about as much an achievement as some of the actual winners have under their belts.
And ethically it's in keeping with the tone of this editorial where, as in Orwell's Oceania, "war is peace."
We just add "lying is truth" to Globe slogans.