Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The other American Nobel Peace Laureate

Everybody's heard of Jimmy Carter, American's best-known Nobel Prize winner. Few have heard of Norman Borlaug, the other recent American winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.*

Norman who? Read more here about the father of the Green Revolution. Borlaug is publicity-shy to the point of pathology, yet has saved more lives than any other man in history. He's ignored by the news media, which fact alone tells you more about the news media than you want to know.

When Binah studied development economics in college, Borlaug was spoken of in hushed tones usually reserved for saints like Mother Teresa and political giants like Churchill or FDR.

POSTSCRIPT: Read here what Borlaug thinks of the environmentalist movement and opposition to biotechnology. And don't miss this, on DDT and malaria.

POST-POSTSCRIPT: Western celebrities nowadays love to pose as righteous victims of something or other, or perhaps as oppressed Third World peasants. Check out what an African thinks of white Westerners pretending to be ... well ... Africans.
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* Few Americans are aware that the first American Nobel Peace Laureate was Theodore Roosevelt. He helped to negotiate the end of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. There was no Camp David in those days (that was set up by Eisenhower in the 1950s and named after his son). So the negotiations were held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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