Bin Laden Proposes a Truce

Published in the New York Times, January 21st, 2006:

To the Editor:

Osama bin Laden has proposed a truce. Vice President Dick Cheney rejected that notion out of hand. He says we don’t negotiate with terrorists, but in fact we always have.

Peace is seldom won on the battlefield. It is won at the negotiating table after untold lives have been lost and nations destroyed.

How many bodies of dead children must touch our hearts before we recognize "the other" as one with us in common humanity?

Retaliation creates an endless cycle of violence. Why not try to find common ground? Why not give peace a chance?

Adele Welty

Flushing, Queens, Jan. 20, 2006

The writer’s son, Firefighter Timothy Welty, died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Filed in: Voices of Peaceful Tomorrows

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