Friday, October 07, 2005

Caution: Men (and Women) Working For Peace

"Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their drive to curb the spread of atomic weapons by using diplomacy to resolve standoffs with Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs.

The Nobel Committee's decision lent support to negotiations and inspections, not military action, as the best way to handle volatile nations. It also was seen as a message to the Bush administration, which invaded Iraq after claiming U.N. efforts to eradicate Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions had failed and which opposed ElBaradei's appointment to another term.

The Nobel committee said ElBaradei and the IAEA should be recognized for addressing one of the greatest dangers facing the world.

"At a time when the threat of nuclear arms is again increasing, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to underline that this threat must be met through the broadest possible international cooperation. This principle finds its clearest expression today in the work of the IAEA and its director general," the committee said.

Doug Mellgren U.N. Nuke Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize Associated Press October 7, 2005 via

A Public Talk -- "Global Peace Through Compassion" -- by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will take place in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon, November 13 2005.

Photo credit: Jeff Miller and the University of Wisconsin.


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