The Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 was awarded to Iranian lawyer, former judge and human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi.
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Even though this was a historic event when a Moslem woman from a Middle Eastern nation won such a high honor and peace-loving people of the world have generally showered her with praise, large numbers of her own countrymen/women have criticized and condemned her for not calling for the violent overthrow of the government of Iran.
Excuse me. Did Ebadi win the Nobel Peace Prize or War Prize?
If these mostly well-off critics who left Iran long ago for the comfort and safety of America or Europe, fault Ebadi for her civil and peaceful methods, they should contact the Nobel Committee and lobby for the creation of the Nobel War Prize. Of course Ebadi will not qualify for it. But, we have thousands of others on all corners of this tormented land of Earth who would. Not only the world’s dictators would apply, but the war lobby would gladly finance it. In this case the Nobel Committee would receive billions of dollars to give away to the promoters of its cause.
Incidentally, those of you who seek peaceful change through discourse, entreaty, civility and diplomacy may want to meet and support this indomitable, courageous and utterly compassionate woman. She is now touring the United States.
She will speak at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday April 25, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall.