Dear Charlie,

The past few days have been so tumultuous. I haven't even gone back to school yet but they say we should be back sometime next week. I just finished reading your letter and even with all this going on, I felt bad for your sister. I think she needed some more self-confidence and someone she could really trust to talk to about that boy hitting her. I wonder why you didn't say anything about it. If that was my sister I would have run screaming down the school hallways so everyone could hear about the boy who hit her.

Anyway, enough digression. Lately I have been feeling really scared and unnerved. I always thought that we lived in the safest country in the world. How could something horrible like this happen to us? The news keeps reporting the terrorist groups that are claiming responsibility for the act and there is "talk" that we may go to war. Honestly, I don't think that's a good idea. If a specific terrorist group says they are responsible, why would we make war on a whole country? That's like saying if there's one sour moldy grape in the bunch, it is smart to blow up the whole thing!

I feel so frustrated with the whole situation. I don't know why anyone makes war anyway. And honestly, war for peace is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. There's a quote from the broadway show RENT that I really love. "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation". I wish everyone had that in their heads when considering war. I really hope we don't go to war. I know there are better ways to fix the situation. I don't know any right now but I hope the people in power think of some. And soon!

-Zara