Prémio Nobel do quê?

Alfred Nobel estabeleceu claramente no seu testamento que anualmente deveria ser entregue um prémio monetário (bem substancial) à pessoa que tiver feito mais ou melhor trabalho para a fraternidade entre as nações, para a abolição ou redução de exércitos permanentes e para conservação e estímulos de congressos de paz.

Em 2009 o prémio foi atribuído ao acabado de eleger presidente Barack Obama.

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Em 2012 foi atribuído à União Europeia.

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A causa da paz está, pois, tão bem entregue como a herança de Alfred Nobel.

The Ruins, C. F. VolneyAo ler estas notícias vieram-me difusamente à memória as palavras que Volney atribui à aparição em As Ruínas de Palmira*:

… Ah! it is falsely that you accuse fate and heaven! it is unjustly that you accuse God as the cause of your evils! Say, perverse and hypocritical race! if these places are desolate, if these powerful cities are reduced to solitude, is it God who has caused their ruin? Is it his hand which has overthrown these walls, destroyed these temples, mutilated these columns, or is it the hand of man? Is it the arm of God which has carried the sword into your cities, and fire into your fields, which has slaughtered the people, burned the harvests, rooted up trees, and ravaged the pastures, or is it the hand of man? And when, after the destruction of crops, famine has ensued, is it the vengeance of God which has produced it, or the mad fury of mortals? When, sinking under famine, the people have fed on impure aliments, if pestilence ensues, is it the wrath of God which sends it, or the folly of man? When war, famine and pestilence, have swept away the inhabitants, if the earth remains a desert, is it God who has depopulated it? Is it his rapacity which robs the husbandman, ravages the fruitful fields, and wastes the earth, or is it the rapacity of those who govern? Is it his pride which excites murderous wars, or the pride of kings and their ministers? Is it the venality of his decisions which overthrows the fortunes of families, or the corruption of the organs of the law? Are they his passions which, under a thousand forms, torment individuals and nations, or are they the passions of man? And if, in the anguish of their miseries, they see not the remedies, is it the ignorance of God which is to blame, or their ignorance? …

*Perdoem, mas só tenho o livro em inglês e estou demasiado cansado para traduzir. No entanto, o inglês do texto é tão correcto que a tradução automática do tradutor da Google, embora no usual “brasiloguês”,  é perfeitamente compreensível. Basta copiar daqui e colar lá.

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