Special Section: Building a Bridge

During the 1970 Cambodian operation, Brian McDonnell, a young pacifist, pledged to fast until the operation was called off or he had been able to put his case to the President. Early in June 1970, on a mutual friend's suggestion, I called on McDonnell, without White House permission, at the simple residence in Georgetown where he was staying. I was moved by his sincerity even while I disagreed with his conclusions.

Brian and I met frequently afterward, always without publicity. In early 1971 Brian suggested that I meet with a group of his friends to discuss the war and the problems of...

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