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Peace Prize Winner Critical of Bush War Plans

By Bill Raffel

Buffalo, NY – Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams spoke at Buffalo State College Tuesday night. She won the honor in 1976 for her efforts to end violence in Northern Ireland. Now she says people should lobby President Bush against invading Iraq.

"It takes a wee bit of courage to go against the President of the United States," Williams said. "I know this rah-rah-rah that's going on is because people are afraid to say anything. I wish to God you had the courage to take that wee man on."

Williams serves as the president of the World Centers of Compassion for Children. She says she's especially concerned about all the children who would die in a war.

Williams says there is more freedom in Ireland now than in the United States, and she never thought that would be possible.