The Globe and Mail, Toronto, on the Nobel Peace Prize, from Oct. 12, 2012:
There was great mirth of the "at least the Nobel committee did not give the European Union the economics prize" variety. Except that the use of the Nobel Peace Prize as a morale boost for Eurocrats struggling to contain a currency crisis is no laughing matter. It diminishes the prestige of the prize - and the achievements of those who truly deserve it.
Worse, the pretext offered, that the EU gave Europe peace, is an insult to the role of Canadians and Americans in ending centuries of European bloodshed. If there is one institution that has ensured the peace in Europe it is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ...
Peace in Europe is a gift of NATO, one safeguarded in large part by the U.S. and Canadian militaries.