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Your Turn: Befriending a Terrorist’s Mom


In this week’s Voice, Bernice Yeung writes about a woman who lost her son in the World Trade Center on 9-11 and ended up befriending the mother of Al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. That’s Phyllis Rodriguez, at right below, with Moussaoui’s mom, Aicha el-Wafi.

“I felt for her as a mother,” Rodriguez says. “I thought, ‘I’d like to meet her.’ I knew I would like to reach out to her because I felt sorry for her. And I also thought, ‘Good for her, fighting for her son.’ ”

If you were in Rodriguez’s shoes, could you imagine taking that same step?

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