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Malala herself told Pakistani radio this week that she felt she had not yet done enough to earn the Nobel and spoke of her desire to do more practical work to promote education.

Malala might be one of the few people left in the world who actually knows what the Nobel Peace Prize is about. She is promoting women's rights and education, not peace on the terms Alfred Nobel laid out in his will.

Mind you, she deserves a boat load of awards, just not his one.

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Not a bad award, but it just seems that the Nobel Committee these days has its eyes more on politics than on Alfred Nobel's vision. They have no business either compensating for previous mistakes or preventing jealousies. An organization can represent an ideal, but only a human being can personify it. By spreading it out, they dilute its impact. The influence of the award rests in what each individual can be inspired to do, most clearly by the example of one representative individual. Malala nearly made the ultimate sacrifice for women's education and empowerment, and is not cowed to continue speaking out for it eloquently. Perhaps it's still a man's world, but the politicized designators of our inspiring exemplars need a wake-up call.

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Not a bad award, but it just seems that the Nobel Committee these days has its eyes more on politics than on Alfred Nobel's vision.

@Steve McCarty--The call for Malala to get the prize is also sheer politics! But politics of a personal nature.

If Malala herself says she does not deserve it, why do her supporters not respect her words?

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If there was a Nobel prize for pig-ignorance the Taliban would win it easily.

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Shahid said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Douche bag.

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It shows the ugly and twisted reality of the Taliban toward human rights under the self proclaim belief of " real Muslims"! They are afraid that educated women might turn against their medieval mentality. Go girls, learn and rise to question and act for human dignity and public interest. For those who support them, the blood of innocents are on their hands.

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The Pakistani Taliban said Friday they were “delighted” Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist they tried to kill, missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize.

What a loser. Taliban is a devil; a messenger of evil spirit that loves a destruction. End of the Taliban will come. That's how it is written, and thy will be done.

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Malala might be one of the few people left in the world who actually knows what the Nobel Peace Prize is about. She is promoting women's rights and education, not peace on the terms Alfred Nobel laid out in his will.

I said this in the other thread, and will reiterate it here. If you listen to Malala speak, she explains why she believes education in general, and the empowerment of women specifically, are prerequisites to peace and stability. She's not wrong, and the Taliban know it. That's why they blow up schools and murder school children. The Taliban has no place is in an educated society that practices equality. It is therefore an anathema to them.

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'This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam. Malala is against Islam, she is secular.' The mind boggles. She sees herself as a devout Muslim and believes that the Taliban are against Islam. She's only 16. Hopefully, she'll outgrow religion altogether and live a decent life outside of a country disfigured by religious bigotry and stupidity.

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Rather than the Nobel Peace Prize, I wish she could get twenty-four hour protection. She's only sixteen but pushing for more education for women. My hat goes off to her dedication. However, I think her life is becoming close to an end. She's a target and I'm afraid that the Taliban will catch-up to her in the near future.

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[Shahid]:This award should be given to the real Muslims who are struggling for Islam

He means the ones that blow up schools and kill innocent civilians?

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I said this in the other thread, and will reiterate it here. If you listen to Malala speak, she explains why she believes education in general, and the empowerment of women specifically, are prerequisites to peace and stability.

@Triumvere--Its the Nobel Peace Prize, not the Noble Stability Prize and not the Nobel Women's Lib Prize.

If you want to blame anyone, blame the long dead Alfred Nobel whose Last Will and Testament was clear on what HIS prize is supposed to be about.

While its a lovely theory that women's education leads to peace, can you quote Malala ever trying to float such a theory?

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"real Muslims who are struggling for Islam"

Or, lunatics who want to force their lunatic ways on everyone.

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Or, lunatics who want to force their lunatic ways on everyone.

Serrano--Seems to me they were happy enough in Afghanistan, and while disgusting they were not shooting school girls in the head in Pakistan, at least not until somebody decided to force their ways on them from the other side of globe. And there are many brands of lunacy out there.

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The Nobel Peace Prize is not good enough for Malala and her father.

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@ControlFreak ... "Seems to me they were happy enough in Afghanistan, and while disgusting they were not shooting school girls in the head in Pakistan, at least not until somebody decided to force their ways on them from the other side of globe"

Your imagined timeline is incorrect. Please read this webpage: http://www.feminist.org/afghan/taliban_women.asp E.g. "A woman who defied Taliban orders by running a home school for girls was killed in front of her family and friends."

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Maybe the Nobel Committee just saved her life...

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nandakandamandaOct. 12, 2013 - 08:53PM JST

Maybe the Nobel Committee just saved her life...

No. where is your courage?

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The Taliban shoot a kid in the head and then claim they should be invited to the negotiating table. They are living in a different century. I hope Malala wins the Nobel Peace Prize next year. She does deserve it and it would make more people in the world know how primitive and thuggish the Taliban is.

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The Nobel committee's credibility has been slipping for a while. First, Al Gore wins for his dubious efforts on weather prediction, then Obama wins for doing nothing. It was like giving an actor an Academy Award because they will probably make a good movie some day.

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Serrano--Seems to me they were happy enough in Afghanistan

Sorry, who was happy? I do not think anyone was happy in Afghanistan, except for the fanatics who were running the place.

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While its a lovely theory that women's education leads to peace, can you quote Malala ever trying to float such a theory?

You could, you know, read her book. Or, if you like, you could watch the interview she did with Jon Stewart for the Daily Show just a few days ago in which she says exactly that. It's not exactly a novel theory, either. She's hardly the first to note the importance of empowering women in stabilizing societies. I'm not sure how you imagine that stability is not a fundamental component of and a precursor to peace, or why you cannot see the connection between what Malala is trying to do and the fight against terrorism. But, then, watch the interview on the Daily Show website and she can explain it to you herself.

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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 12, 2013 - 10:19PM JST

The Nobel committee's credibility has been slipping for a while. First, Al Gore wins for his dubious efforts on weather prediction, then Obama wins for doing nothing. It was like giving an actor an Academy Award because they will probably make a good movie some day.

Something broken in this analysis? Please help.

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Your imagined timeline is incorrect. Please read this webpage: http://www.feminist.org/afghan/taliban_women.asp E.g. "A woman who defied Taliban orders by running a home school for girls was killed in front of her family and friends."

@CraigHicks--Excuse me, but when you claim a person's timeline is incorrect, you should provide dates. The event you allude to is not given a date, and the article provides information up to 2009.

Sorry, who was happy? I do not think anyone was happy in Afghanistan, except for the fanatics who were running the place.

@Ah_so--No question. But who is happy now? Do you think the bullet Malala got in the head made her happy? She did not get it in Afghanistan. She got it in Pakistan, a place that was not bothered by the Taliban until the U.S. decided to try and topple them in Afghanistan for what al-Qaida did.

I ask again: Who is happy now?

The Taliban shoot a kid in the head and then claim they should be invited to the negotiating table.

@serendipitous--Yeah, they shot her in the head after warning her repeatedly to stop speaking publicly against them. How does that compare to America jailing Tokyo Rose for 28 years for speaking?

Its not that I speak for the Taliban. They are scum. But if America jails a woman for speaking I don't think its such a surprise that people in the third world would shoot a girl for speaking. What is surprising is that they gave her every opportunity to stop.

Frankly, this world is chock full of people who are wrong, and Malala is one of the precious few who isn't. But that is not what gets you a Nobel Peace Prize, and Malala herself says she has not done enough.

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If Malala herself says she does not deserve it, why do her supporters not respect her words?

Maybe because she is a decent and humble person.

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Jimizo Most of the people in KPK which is the most affected area from violence in Pakistan were against the Talibaan/warlards in the 1980s during the cold war, these Talibaan/warlards were armed and trained by Americans and Europeans in order to defeat the soviet Union in Afghanistan. Most of the people demonstrated against the training camps and funding, but they were jailed by the Dictator of that time, and the American supported that Pakistani Military Dictator for 11 years just to continue these training camps and funding and bring militants from all over the world. when these Talibaan/warlards defeated the soviet Union, the American left Afghanistan to these militants, where the hell started, now this hell is burning the whole area. The people of this area who has nothing to do with cold war or soviet afghan war are now suffering from the last 30 years, the innocent people are being killed by bomb blast or by drone attacks, this one Mallala was lucky to escape, many such girls lost their lives either in bomb blasts or in drone attacks. many people are displaced by this war some left for other countries in order to save their lives.

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Maybe because she is a decent and humble person.

@Wolfpack--Those do not rule out her also being intelligent enough to understand the situation but not explain it to her fans who are not intelligent enough understand and will therefore be made angry for the explanation.

Why is it so hard to accept what the Peace prize is and is not about? Because the panel that awards it has messed that up in the past themselves?

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Now do we really need some stupid award to let us know this young girl has more valor, courage than all of the Taliban cowards?? No! She is a real hero, and this is what really, really scares bastards like the Taliban, people to stand up, oh WOMEN standing up?? That is a BIG BIG NO NO, right?? But sooner it will happen and all of the violent actions that the Taliban are doing to women, girls, men who do not want to grow their beards as long as they do etc..KARMA!! Yes, some real karma is waiting for all of these terrorists. So should we really waste our time asking why or why not young Malala did not get some crappy award??

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Seems to me they were happy enough in Afghanistan, and while disgusting they were not shooting school girls in the head in Pakistan, at least not until somebody decided to force their ways on them from the other side of globe. And there are many brands of lunacy out there.

I'm sorry, but you couldn't be more off the mark. There are countless stories of repression and violence under Taliban rule in Afghanistan long before the western military stepped in. The awful treatment of women is what led to the disintegration of US & Taliban relations in the mid-90s. For instance, the stories of the late Sushmita Banerjee offer just a small glimpse into the lives of people in general, and women in particular, under the Taliban. And you suggest that it wasn't until 'the other side of the globe' interfered that it got this bad, but in fact it was the civil war in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of the soviet troops in the late 80s that led to the formation of the Taliban and its repressive rule. It's mind boggling that you can even suggest that Afghanistan was ever 'happy' under the Taliban. The Taliban was created out of discord and violence, systematically wiping out the shiites and any form of opposition.

I'm not suggesting that the western military alliance has necessarily been good for the Afghan people- that's a very complicated issue that I won't get into here. But I AM suggesting that you do more (assuming you've done any) research before you claim that all was hunky dory in Afghanistan before international intervention.

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To quote Salman Rushdie:

"Pakistan sucks."

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@Ali Khan Great post although I don't see why you addressed it to me. I agree with everything you wrote.

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Jimizo**** you said that this award should be given to the real Muslims, so i just explained who are the real people/Muslims in this particular area who are suffering. i addressed you in a positive manner/sense, i am not rejecting your comments,

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