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In an era where global peace and tranquility is alive only in the imagination, where an economic scene is filled with a series of erroneous judgments, and where in many parts of the world societal values are diminishing, the Nobel Peace prize given to the European Union is an upright mockery of all human endurance.
The Norwegian Nobel committee recently declared the European Union (EU) as the winner of the Noble Peace Prize for 2012, for uniting the union for the last 60 years.
It is a paradoxical sign demonstrating deep ignorance of harsh global realities. Bombings, kidnappings, hijackings, violent uprisings, turbulent political sabotages and almost stable unemployment (in many countries) have become hallmarks of the 21st century. 50 years down the line, these years will be remembered as a period of widespread inhumanity and chaos of the highest order noted in modern times.
Let me take you on a long ride to places where human existence itself is fast becoming an unbearable burden, with widespread killings, bombardments, unemployment, austerity, and fear of more darkness ahead in future.
Let’s start with Syria, where according to the Washington post, 8,003 people were killed in Homs, 3,133 in Hamah, 2,405 in Damascus, 5,896 in Rif Dimashq, 4,601 in Idilb, and 3,672 in Aleppo since the revolution began against the Syrian government. According to CNN, in an article published in early 2012, Lynn Pascoe, a senior UN official, told the Security Council that “the death toll now often exceeds 100 civilians a day, including women and children.” She further said that “the total is certainly well over 7,500.”
In Libya, there’s a different tale behind the bloody mayhem. According to the Huffington Post, as many as 30,000 people were killed between March and September 2011, and nearly 4000 people are still missing.
Naji Barakat, the health minister in a new Libyan leadership, said “the number of war wounded is currently estimated to be at least 50,000, including some 20,000 with serious injuries, but expected to rise.”
It can be said that it’s not just civil animosity against state, nor it’s barbarous bombardment in certain country; on the contrary, it’s the convergence of crisis in many varied forms, globally accountable for vanishing away the peace.
Greece, a country once regarded as a place of intellectual evolution and philosophical enrichment, is now captive under the chains of the economic failure, where austerity has become an arsenal, wiping out peace and stability in recent years. Greece emerges as ponderous testimony completely in contrast to what the EU has achieved so far, and clearly a sign amplifying that the union has lost the economic thrust required to uphold a union.
Economic unity does not come along with the cooperation of various markets by the elimination of bureaucratic borders; rather, it’s a product of collective economic and political interests.
Unemployment in many countries can also be regarded as a pivotal factor responsible for domestic and social unrest, causing a psychological and emotional imbalance among the people. Peace is something that needs collaboration of preferences and interests so that prosperity can prevail.
In the case of the European Union, the restoration of peace requires a platform of economic equality among countries, so that the failure of economic management does not cause social upheaval. And peace is not a regional significance limited to the EU. The Nobel Peace Prize should be for the globalization of peace.