A woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize 30 years ago drew applause from Australian schoolchildren today by saying she’d like to kill President Bush.
“I have a very hard time with this word ‘non-violence,’ because I don’t believe that I am non-violent,” said Betty Williams, 64, according to the Australian newspaper. “Right now, I would love to kill George Bush.”
The audience at Brisbane City Hall – mostly schoolchildren – clapped and cheered, the paper said. The event was the Earth Dialogues forum.
“I don’t know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief. It’s our duty as human beings, whatever age we are, to become the protectors of human life.”
Williams was awarded the prize for circulating a petition to end violence in Northern Ireland after witnessing British soldiers shoot dead a member of the Irish Republican Army. The IRA member veered on to a footpath, killing two children from one family instantly and fatally injuring a third.
The former receptionist now heads the World Centers of Compassion for Children International, a non-profit group working to create a political voice for children.
Wrapping up the three-day forum yesterday, delegates agreed to a 26-point action plan, the Australian reported.
“There can be no sustainable peace while the majority of the world’s population lives in poverty,” they said. “There can be no sustainable peace if we fail to rise to the global challenge presented by climate change. There can be no sustainable peace while military spending takes precedence over human development.”