Dear President Obama: War, from its origins, is the murders of the sons by the fathers; as in: so few fathers murdering so many sons. (‘Son, go over to that village and kill that man’s son. Otherwise, don’t come back alive.’)

— Text of an Open Letter to the White House, submitted by Leland Mellott of Mount Vernon to NPI and to newspapers in over eighty nations around the world. It originally appeared in the Skagit Valley Herald as a letter to the editor.