Peace Prize? Rather than bring peace and harmony, the EU will cause insurgency and violence, says Nigel Farage.
• UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has slammed the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.
"You only have to open your eyes to see the increasing violence and division within the EU which is caused by the Euro project," he said.
"Spain is on the verge of a bail out, with senior military figures warning that the Army may have to intervene in Catalonia. In Greece people are starving and abandoning their children through desperate poverty and never a week goes by that we don't see riots and protests in capital cities against the troika and the economic prison they have imposed."
"The next stage is to abandon the Nation state: the awarding of this prize to the EU brings it into disrepute."
Mr Farage added, "The last attempt in Europe to impose a new flag, currency and nationality on separate states was called Yugoslavia. The EU is repeating the same tragic mistake.
"Rather than bring peace and harmony, the EU will cause insurgency and violence." Other than the above, here's a non-exhaustive list of why the EU does not deserve the award:
• The EU sold Gaddafi's Libya around €300 million worth of arms and arms licenses over a 5 year period before his overthrow. The Guardian has a very revealing exposee of this. Not very peaceful now is it?
• Interesting that this was the same Gaddafi's Libya they said in a joint statement from Van Rompuy and Barroso was one of 'repression and despotism'. If it was so bad, and the EU was so peaceful, why were they so gleefully selling it arms for years? Source.
• How EU 'peace keepers' in the Congo during Operation Artemis were accused of torture. Heavily armed Europeans torturing Africans isn't exactly peaceful. Hardly the behaviour that should attract a peace prize. Source.
• The EU is a major arms dealer on the world market, making over $400 billion. The liberal New York Times has called the EU hypocritical. Again, being a multi-billion dollar arms dealer is not really the stuff of a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
• Somali piracy. In the 1990s, EU fishing fleets destroyed the fish stocks off the Horn of Africa. As a result, desperate former fishermen in Somali resorted to piracy. The African Prospects Magazine estimates that EU fleets stole five times the commercial value of fish from Somali waters that Somali receives in foreign aid each year. The destruction of the Somali coastal economy has bred piracy and violence. Economically devastating poor countries and pushing its people into armed criminal gangs is hardly what I'd call the actions of a Nobel Prize winner.
• Now piracy off the Horn of Africa is one of the most serious challenges to global security. It has been estimated that it costs the global economy $8 BILLION a year. Around 80% of these costs are born by commercial shipping firms, who have to pay much higher insurance premiums, pay for armed guards on board and put extra fuel in their boats so they can pass through danger spots quicker. Creating one of the world's most serious security threats is hardly what I'd call the actions of a Nobel Prize winner. Source.
• The Nobel Peace Prize has an interesting list of former nominees. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was nominated twice in 1945 and 1948. The nomination was on the grounds he was going to help end World War II, and thus create peace. This was the same Stalin who oversaw mass murder, gulags and secret police summary executions.
• Barack Obama was given the prize just two months into office. He beat Morgan Tsvanagarai to the prize, who had bravely faced down Mugabe for years in Zimbabwe. Obama went on to expand the war in Afghanistan and backed NATO attacks on Libya
• What will the EU do with the prize money? Will it donate some to the EU mechanism for stability? Maybe the EU will give some of the prize money to Spain, which is now so poor thanks to the Euro, that the Red Cross are handing out food parcels, much as they do in Africa, Asia and conflict zones.