Why not? After all, our current President won the thing for...um, what, winning the election despite American horribleness? Not being G. W. Bush? (But the Nobel Peace Prize has kind of a history of being awarded to foreign heads of the state the Committee has high hopes for, so that's not so far out of line). --But there was a shark in the road ahead:
Now, the Nobel committee has handed the Peace Prize to the European Union, on the self-congratulatory assertion that the Continent has, somehow, so far managed to avoid starting yet another big war, despite the Archduke-rich environment and an ongoing economic implosion certain to end in wheelbarrows and/or trillion-Euro pocket change. A committee chaired, by sheerest coincidence, by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council Of Europe, a kind of Neanderthal proto-.gov existing side by side with the EU's Cro-Magnon and, as is typical of the way things run over there,* thoroughly entangled with it.
It only avoids being a conflict of interest because nobody outside the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is interested any more.
But these days, the Peace Prize should come with a round red nose and some white grease paint, don't you think? And maybe they can get someone to repaint The Coronation of Napoleon with Thorbjoern in the starring spot, face painted and in the process of sticking the clown-nose on!
Self-beclowning: now all Europeanish and coooool. Gak.
* Give them this, there's a kind of freedom in getting things so completely snarled up that nobody can sort them out.
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