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Alice Walker’s take on the “War on Terror”

Alice Walker on the “War on Terror,” Yes magazine, Fall 2012

I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country founded on terrorism. The hypocrisy of that is corrosive; and we should not accept it. There is no way of stopping terrorism if you insist on making enemies of most of the people on the planet. Why should they care about you? All they feel is fear.

So, I would stop the War on Terror and start making peace with the peoples of the planet by trying to understand them. I would like us to be able to say, “If that happened to me, I would feel exactly the way you do. And what can we do from here, from this understanding? What can we do together?”