Friday, October 11, 2013

The New Romans

The Nobel Peace Prize has been announced.

The guys who will oversee the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria while the casualty toll doubles in the time it takes to do that won the prize:

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a relatively small organisation with a modest budget, dispatched experts to Syria after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,400 people nr Damascus in August.

Perhaps they have great potential. That's the standard for the prize these days, right?

Thorbjoern Jagland said the award was a reminder to nations such as the United States and Russia to eliminate their own large stockpiles, "especially because they are demanding that others do the same, like Syria".

That makes no sense, of course, because America and Russia are already destroying our chemical weapons stockpiles.

But no, the real standard is different. There is no peace in Syria--the Syrians are just fire-bombing civilians instead of gassing them. And there is no justice for Assad's boys who used gas or whatever is at hand (and for just being despotic thugs). Now Assad is a partner in this glorious round of "peace" making.

So what could the OPCW's receipt of the prize be rewarding?

Their deployment, supported by the United Nations, helped avert a U.S. strike against President Bashar al-Assad.

Ah. They stopped America (and France) from launching incredibly small strikes on the despotic thug who has been slaughtering his citizens for 2-1/2 years and who even used gas to do it.

But America was stopped. Congratulations. The war goes on.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee has created a desert in Syria and has called it peace.