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updated 10/13/2006 2:05:21 PM ET 2006-10-13T18:05:21

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and the bank he founded, but a lot of you have your own ideas about who you think deserves it.

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When we asked readers who they would give the prize to and why, we got a wide range of answers.

Many answers were influenced by the war in Iraq -- and were on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Anti-war activist and bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan likely earned the most nominations. One reader applauded her for "telling the truth after losing a son and going up against the strongest forces the world has ever known."

President George W. Bush got several votes for confronting those who "oppose peaceful coexistence," while another reader wrote in to say, "It sure would not be George W. Bush."

Celebrity favorites Bono and Oprah received a number of nods for their humanitarian efforts and the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was also remembered.

One reader didn't want to just give it to one person, but rather the entire Amish community for its response following the murders of five Amish children, "They have shown us that forgiveness and goodness are everlasting."

Read on for more reader responses:

Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush for their work on the tsunami, Katrina/Rita and earthquake fundraising.
— Eileen Keeley, Washington, D.C.

Bono — not only is he passionate and educated about his issues (which are global issues), but because he has already achieved fame and fortune beyond anyone's wildest dreams. He puts his money, expertise, and presence where his mouth is (similar to former President Carter who was well-deserved in 2002, but with more money).
— Laurie

Bill & Melinda Gates who have given tens of billions of dollars and operate a very successful foundation to decrease disease and increase education around the world.
—Devon Showley, Cypress, Calif.

George Bush. He is the spearheading the only real hope for a peaceful future — direct confrontation to those who would oppose peaceful coexistence.
— R. Cooper

It sure would not be George W. Bush.
—Scott Chapman, Atlanta, GA.

The Amish community. The world stands humbled in the light of their charity, forgiveness, and love. From the depths of their greatest sorrow, they have lifted us all into the light of community. They have shown us that forgiveness and goodness are everlasting.
— Beverly White-McCartt, Winter Park, Fla.

Oprah Winfrey, because has done so much for people all over the world, she sincerely cares about people of the world.
— Carolyn Mitchell, Fontana, Calif.

Cindy Sheehan. She has been a strong woman, telling the truth after losing a son and going up against the strongest forces the world has ever known.
— Anonymous

Jimmy Carter, for speaking up for human rights
— Anonymous

President William Jefferson Clinton, for his global work on behalf of many causes including AIDS prevention, global warming, tsunami relief, etc. He has generated a generous amount of revenue for a variety of causes and works tirelessly to meet our global needs.
— James P. Krehbiel, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Definitely Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He managed to end the yearly conflicts in Aceh and establish an almost conducive environment there after the tsunami hit Aceh in 2004.
— Tegar, Singapore

Anna Politkovskaya, Russian reporter, who was murdered for her fearless reporting on the torture and other human rights abuses by the Chechchen security forces and the manner in which this kind of conduct is supported by the Russian government and sanctioned by Putin.
—Randle Bate, Woodland Hills, Calif.

Cindy Sheehan should be given the price. She has rallied many people in the U.S. and the world to protest against an unlawful war. The results of this war will be far reaching and will change the world forever.
— Elizabeth Rich, Everett, Wash.

Tania VanNorman, founder of "Protect Our Children, Stop Sexual Abuse." She does so much to fight for the rights of children and to bring this horrific trauma to the surface and is making lives better for people.
— Wendy Greneir, Cutler, Ontario, Canada

Elie Weisel for his haunting story of the Holocaust. It gave me pause to reflect and pray for the lives of those who were in an instant extinguished.
— Cynthia Hoff, Austin Texas

I wouldn't pick a celebrity because they already have the spotlight on them, even if they've helped people in a third world country or given thousands of dollars to charity. In my opinion, they should pick someone who dedicates their life to helping others and bringing the world to a better place with research and discovery. Personally though, I would give it to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). He walked along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in hopes of bringing equality and civil rights to their community. He is a great man and a man that I have had the pleasure to meet.
— Sara, Lula, Ga.

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