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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
David Brudnoy writes: Equivalency is au courant in Boston. Its avatars insist that those who blow up innocents are no worse than those who send their soldiers to apprehend the perpetrators. Equivalency is beloved by James Carroll, the former priest turned preacher to the world at large. In several articles, Carroll has concocted a neat two-fer, as in "Ariel Sharon has duplicated the Bush approach" - the US search for Osama bin Laden "no matter the consequences to the world" - "laying siege to whole Palestinian towns, terrorizing the innocent while efficiently recruiting yet more suicide murderers for Hamas, earning from Bush the sobriquet 'Man of Peace'. It takes one to know one."
To Carroll, the crux of the problem is America's unwillingness to clamp down on Israel. The Arabs "are howling at us, and with cause." The US and Israel are the problem. Can't everyone just get along? Equivalency theory insists that the presence of Israel in what Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld correctly refers to as the "so-called territories" it fell heir to after Jordan went to war against it (again) in 1967 is the same as Hitler's occupation of Europe. Equivalency theory considers Palestinian mass murders and then gloating over their barbarism no different than Israel's accidental killing of civilians when they go after the killers. This is the fashionable lunacy.