Days after this year’s Nobel award winners were announced, Dr. James Watson– a past winner for his work on genetics– made international news. He asserted to Britain’s Sunday Times that Africans aren’t as intelligent as whites. He supported his racist contention by adding that “people who have to deal with black employees” know they aren’t equal.
Now comments by this year’s Noble laureate for literature, Doris Lessing, has made news. “September 11th was terrible,” Ms. Lessing told a Spanish newspaper, “but if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn’t that terrible. Some Americans will think I’m crazy. Many people died, two prominent buildings fell, but it was neither as terrible nor as extraordinary as they think. They’re a very naive people, or they pretend to be.” (She’s talking about us.)
The Nobel winner then declared President Bush a “world calamity.””Everyone is tired of this man,” Lessing said (now we know why she won the award). “Either he is stupid or he is very clever, although you have to remember he is a member of a social class which has profited from wars.”
According to the judges who awarded Doris Lessing the Nobel Peace Prize (or whatever prize she got; it doesn’t matter),she possesses this: “skepticism, fire, and visionary power.”
Now, I’m not going to paint all Nobel Prize winners with a broad brush, butI will say: It becomes easier to understand how the judges could have been, shall we say,
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