Lately, things have truly taken a turn for the absurd. This article from The Australian has to be today’s first prize.
In 1976, Betty Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the Northern Ireland Peace Movement with Mairead Corrigan. Well, Williams was giving a speech to hundreds of school children on Monday, and, according to The Australian, had some amazing things to say:
"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.
Truly wonderful sentiments from a Nobel Peace laureate, wouldn’t you agree? Here are some more of Williams’ accomplishments as described by The Peace Mission:
She serves on the Council of Honor for the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and is a Patron for the International Peace Foundation in Vienna. Since then, she has been honored with the People’s Peace Prize of Norway, the Schweitzer Medallion for Courage, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award and the Frank Foundation Child Care International Oliver Award. In 1992, Governor Ann Richards of Texas appointed Betty to the Texas Commission for Children and Youth. In 1995, she was awarded the Rotary Club International “Paul Harris Fellowship” and the Together for Peace Foundation Peace Building Award. Williams serves currently as President of World Centers of Compassion for Children. She is also Chair of The Institute for Asian Democracy in Washington, DC and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Nova Southeastern University.
Nice credentials for a woman now telling a group of school children that she would love to kill the president of the United States, dontcha think?
In The Australian article, she was quoted as saying, “I don't know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize.” Neither do I, Betty. Maybe you should give it back if this is what you're going to use it for.