NEW YORK (Reuters) – Andrea LeBlanc, whose husband died aboard one of the 9/11 hijacked planes, speaks out about alternatives to war — the path taken by the United States after the 2001 attacks.
The United States went to war in Afghanistan, whose Taliban leaders had harbored the al Qaeda network responsible for 9/11, the month after the September 11 attacks and then invaded Iraq in 2003. U.S. troops are still engaged in both wars.
LeBlanc, 67, said she is certain of one thing — her husband would not have wanted retaliation after the September 11 attacks.
“It depends what kind of culture we want and if we want kids to be thinking, caring, human beings, then they need to be given tools to imagine other ways,” LeBlanc, a retired veterinarian, said from her home in Lee, New Hampshire.
“Wars do not bring peace,” added LeBlanc, whose husband Robert LeBlanc taught cultural geography at the University of New Hampshire for 35 years. “So much of what’s happened has been at the expense of our own humanity.”
LeBlanc’s husband was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 that al Qaeda hijackers crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
Rather than feeling anger, LeBlanc said she felt hopelessness and despair over the inevitable retaliation by the United States.