Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who survived being shot in the head by the Pakistan Taliban last year for being a girls’ education advocate, should’ve won the Nobel Peace Prize. It would’ve been an inspired choice for the Nobel Committee, which instead awarded the prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Lame. I understand the political calculus that goes behind selecting each year’s winner (OPCW is overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile), but it’s difficult to think of any person or group that deserves the prize more than her.
Last year, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize to an ineffectual Old World bureaucracy teetering on collapse. In 2009, the panel awarded the Peace Prize to a U.S. president who intensified a global war against terrorists (if we can call it a “war” in today’s geopolitical double-speak).
Malala has reached rock-star status with her current U.S. tour to promote her book, “I Am Malala.” Set aside your opinions about Jon Stewart for a moment; her interview on “The Daily Show” is worth your while.