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My husband and I knew our government’s response to the attacks that killed our son Greg was likely to be military retaliation. Any state or person doing harm to our nation would face our vengeance. As the details of the attacks emerged, we felt a sense of dread at the thought of what was in store for the innocent citizens of Afghanistan. Our response was not what our culture expects from victims’ families. We had just lost our son Greg, but we wanted no part in the retaliatory violence justified by his death. Such an action would not represent us at all. Four days after Greg’s death, we wrote a letter to the White House.

A year later, Phyllis Rodriguez would find herself face-to-face with the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui, the “twentieth hijacker.”