In New York recently, Bin Laden’s son-in-law was found guilty of inciting terror in a civil trial. This was a triumph of the rule of law, as our attorney general said. But the son-in-law, speaking in his own defense, said that for all the vicious animosity, he had spoken in part to bring mercy to bear on the quarrel. For all of his hate-filled speech, he had, with his better nature, hoped for reconciliation between our positions.
I am glad he was found guilty, but I am haunted by that remark, in part, we have each destroyed our enemies, but if we could have opened our hearts together, we might have healed the world.