- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2005

Nobles: The city of San Antonio, for putting Ivy League elitists to shame.

Across the country, and especially at elite institutions like Harvard, military recruiters are harassed, if not banned outright from campuses. Ostensibly, this is because of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, but let’s be honest. What’s really going on here is a total lack of respect for those who protect our freedoms.

Not so in San Antonio. There military recruiters are welcomed as friends. As the New York Times reports, nationwide the Army’s 41 recruiting battalions failed to meet their recruitment quotas in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. San Antonio recruiters, by contrast, ranked first among all battalions by signing up 2,118 people for active duty. The battalion covering the city’s east side won an award recently for being the only battalion in the country to exceed its quotas for August. “Here the war boosts morale,” said Sgt. First Class Jaime Gaitan. Oklahoma City and St. Louis battalions had the next best numbers.

Tragically, 17 men and women from San Antonio have been killed in Iraq since 2003, second only to Los Angeles, which has a population three times as large. All the more reason, however, to praise San Antonians’ unbowed determination to serve their country.

For giving more than most, the city of San Antonio is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: The Norwegian Nobel Committee, for choosing to reward incompetence (and anti-Americanism).

This is becoming an annual ritual for the Nobel Committee: Give someone its prestigious Peace Prize who hasn’t done much of anything for world peace. This year the honor went to the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, for being an “unafraid advocate” of strengthening non-proliferation efforts.

Let’s take a quick inventory. Under Mr. ElBaradei, North Korea and Iran have become, or are near becoming, nuclear powers. On his watch, a rogue Pakistani scientist carried on a proliferation operation throughout the Muslim world.

In any case, Mr. ElBaradei will take his place alongside other Peace Prize winners such as Yasser Arafat, who won it in 1994.

For another stellar choice, the Nobel Committee is the Knave of the week.

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