Seeking a peaceful solution
Dear Editor:I stand accused of lying about the reasons we were attacked on 9/11. Apparently, there are some Americans who didn’t get Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to the American People,” Nov. 24, 2002 (observer.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,4552895-110490,00.html).The letter reads: “Why are we fighting and opposing you? The answer is very simple: (1) Because you attacked us and continue to attack us. “a) You attacked us in Palestine: (i) Palestine, which has sunk under military occupation for more than 80 years. The British handed over Palestine, with your help and your support, to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; years overflowing with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction and devastation. The creation and continuation of Israel is one of the greatest crimes, and you are the leaders of its criminals. And of course there is no need to explain and prove the degree of American support for Israel. The creation of Israel is a crime which must be erased. Each and every person whose hands have become polluted in the contribution towards this crime must pay its price, and pay for it heavily … “(iii) The blood pouring out of Palestine must be equally revenged. You must know that the Palestinians do not cry alone; their women are not widowed alone; their sons are not orphaned alone.” Israel is here to stay, and though fanatics like bin Laden will never accept that, we could make it much harder for him to recruit Muslims to commit acts of terrorism against the U.S. if we took a firmer hand in ensuring an equitable peace agreement for the Palestinian people. The Israeli people also would cease to be targets of terrorism if their government ended the occupation and apartheid. Muslims and Jews, Arabs and Israelis are all sick of the violence and wish for a peaceful solution. I’m not asking for the destruction of Israel. I’m asking for the creation of Palestine. Let us be the peacemakers, for everyone’s safety and well-being.Sue GrayCarbondale
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