Malala Yousafzai is as extraordinary as the Taliban thugs who still seek to kill her are abominable.
The 16-year-old Pakistani girl was the sentimental favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But the Norwegian Nobel Committee conferred that honor on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which for 16 years has been on the ground working to get governments and other groups to get rid of their chemical weapons stockpiles.
As for Malala, let us hope her best days are still to come. She suggested as much in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
"I would feel proud, when I would work for education, when I would have done something, when I would be feeling confident to tell people, 'Yes! I have built that school; I have done that teachers' training, I have sent that (many) children to school.' Then if I get the Nobel Peace Prize, I will be saying, 'Yeah, I deserve it, somehow.'"
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It seems humility is among her many strengths of character.
Barbara Shelly, Kansas City Star