Letter to the Boston Globe on the Killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

As I contemplate the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, I refuse to celebrate this moment as a victory.  To celebrate any death would be to reduce myself to the level of the terrorists who killed my sister on 9/11.  Instead, I am trying to hold in my heart the families of those who Zarqawi killed.  I hope they are able to celebrate the lives of the loved ones they lost and renounce further violent retribution.

While Zarqawi was undeniably a cruel, hateful and violent man, I am mindful that the Iraqi society he infiltrated and turned into a place of wanton civilian killing was made a fertile ground for terrorist organizing by the presence of our military.  Our world would, I believe, have been far better served if Zarqawi had been captured and tried in a court of law.  Justice can break the cycles of violence that terrorism and revenge killings produce.  Since that will not happen in Zarqawi

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