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2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has overcome tremendous adversity. A teenager at the start of the civil war in her native Liberia, she and her family were forced to go on the run, first within the country and then to Ghana. Along the way, she witnessed terrible atrocities and narrowly escaped harm herself. During the birth of her third child, she
President Obama gave a thoughtful, meditative speech in Oslo to accept his Nobel Prize. But he also used sophistry to defend his actions in Afghanistan and to blur the U.S. record over the past 60 years. And his realpolitik justification for war was odd, to say the least, given the forum.