John Malkin’s interview with Kathy Kelly [“And a Time for Peace,” February 2006] was beautiful in its own way, yet she seemed to be in denial about the threat of fundamentalist Islam. As a woman, a Catholic, and a humanitarian, I felt she could have granted some validity to efforts to protect our free society. We are off base in many ways, but I’d rather be a woman here any day.
The anti-Semitism of Islamic terrorists scares me, too. As a Catholic, I want to protect the Israelis. They don’t deserve all the threats to their lives. Will these terrorists sit down and have a dialogue with us? Did Hitler?
John Malkin’s interview with the courageous Kathy Kelly was riveting. Her activism is beyond brave and bold. I am repeatedly appalled at the widespread apathy regarding our government’s preemptive invasion of Iraq and the ongoing misery that continues on both sides. Kelly’s commitment to “celebrating that which we have in common, rather than what separates us” is a clear path to open dialogue and peace. She tells us not to be afraid, and that “forgiveness is crucial.”
When will the vast majority of our citizens wake up to the reality of what this war is costing us: the body counts on both sides, the out-of-control deficit spending, and the damage to our country’s reputation?