The German city of Dresden was heavily bombed by Allied aircrafts in February 1945 in retaliation to the London bombings. Thousands died in Dresden, within a few days. An Englishman, in a recent letter to the editor described his visit to Germany after the war. He wrote "I visited Dresden after the war. I was traveling in a taxi driven by a German driver. I mentioned to him that my father was one of the pilots who bombed Dresden, in 1945. As we talked it was soon established that the German driver's mother was killed in the bombardment on the same day when my father was part of a bombing mission. In the stunned silence that ensued after this revelation, the driver stopped his taxi and parked it on the side. Then he turned round to face his passenger, extended his hand to me and said, "We need to shake hands now". The point being made in the letter was that wars are inhuman, but our humanity is stronger. Forgiveness is far more satisfying than revenge. There is a time for war and there is a time for peace. -KHALID A., London, UK, via e-mail, November 3.