July 26, 2006

The Nobel Oxymoron Award

Via The Australian:

NOBEL peace laureate Betty Williams displayed a flash of her feisty Irish spirit yesterday, lashing out at US President George W. Bush during a speech to hundreds of schoolchildren.

Campaigning on the rights of young people at the Earth Dialogues forum, being held in Brisbane, Ms. Williams spoke passionately about the deaths of innocent children during wartime, particularly in the Middle East, and lambasted Mr Bush.

"I have a very hard time with this word 'non-violence', because I don't believe that I am non-violent," said Ms Williams, 64.

"Right now, I would love to kill George Bush." Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered.

How peaceful! How humanitarian!

Jay Nordlinger offers this in response:

Friends, you’re familiar with my rap (many of them). You know how I say, Why shouldn’t the anchorman of CBS News attend a Democratic fundraiser (as Dan Rather did)? And why shouldn’t the Supreme Court reporter of the New York Times participate in a pro-abortion rally, and then report on it (as Linda Greenhouse did)?

In the same spirit, I ask this: Why shouldn’t a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize tell a bunch of schoolchildren, “I would love to kill George Bush” (as Betty Williams did)? It should almost be a precondition of winning the prize.

Problem is, they sometimes give it to someone decent. Just to throw us off, I guess.

While I’m pursuing this line: Why shouldn’t Cuba, Sudan, China, Zimbabwe, and Saudi Arabia sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council?

Remember: The Nobel Peace Prize was once awarded to Yassir Arafat (1994) "for [his] efforts to create peace in the Middle East."


Posted by Hube at July 26, 2006 10:26 AM | TrackBack

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