Khizr Khan receives Nobel Peace Prize
GENEVA -- On Tuesday, the Nobel Committee awarded Khizr Khan the Nobel Peace Prize for his speech at the Democratic National Convention, a rhetorical tour-de-force that morally energized Americans in their collective effort to defeat failed Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and thereby avert the Third World War.
“This honor is greatly appreciated, but I don’t feel I am worthy of all this praise. Frankly, it should have gone to my wife, Ghazala,” Khan bashfully told reporters during a layover at Toronto International Airport. “All I did was simply tell the truth."
Khan has been an American citizen for over three decades. In their DNC speech last year, the Khans famously accused Trump of having "sacrificed nothing and no one," while their son died in the Iraq War in 2004.
Since Election Day, Khan, who was born in Pakistan with his wife Ghazala, has become a celebrity, earning widespread applause both throughout the United States as well a following abroad. On returning to the United States from Geneva, well-wishers gathered at Kennedy Airport to greet Khan like a rockstar.
“I knew that Mr. Khan would be coming to town for a speech and I wanted to come here today to show my appreciation,” said Bronx resident and Canadian citizen Julian Wright. “Even we Canadians know that the United States dodged a huge bullet by not electing that failed businessman Donald Trump as president.”
“Mr. Khan spoke beautifully and passionately about what it means to serve one’s country,” said Abdul Salaam, a member of the New York State Police who was also in attendance to acknowledge Khan. “He reinforced the idea that there is no religious litmus test to serve one’s country, that people of all faiths are able to unite behind a common cause. As a Muslim man, hearing those words meant the world to me.”
Khan is scheduled to address Congress on Thursday, where he will provide expert testimony about President Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new refugee resettlement plan.