Nobel Peace Prize: FAIL

The news that Malala Yousafzai missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize should not be a great surprise. Considering upon whom the committee has bestowed the honor in recent years, it would have been more surprising had they proven themselves able to recognize a peace monger when she’s right in front of them.

In the immediate aftermath of the news, Ms. Yousafzai was invited to the White House to meet with the most war-mongering Nobel Peace Laureate, Barack Obama, to whom she delivered the simple, poignant message:

I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.

For further evidence that this modest young woman, serene in the aftermath of the Taliban’s attempt on her life, truly deserved such recognition, see also her recent appearance on The Daily Show:

You must fight others, but through peace, and through dialogue, and through education.

Mary L. G. Theroux is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, she is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of both San Francisco and Alameda County, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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