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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
The Middle East Council of Churches blog reports in an April 15 post a meeting between the Armenian Orthodox primate of Lebanon and Hezbollah in the interest of building dialogue and mutual respect. Hezbollah is an Islamist terrorist group which has been linked to a series of attacks against American and Israeli targets, and which called in December for a global suicide-bombing campaign.
And against the backdrop of a wave of suicide attacks, the Passover Bombing, and the seizure by Palestinian gunmen of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem wrote President Bush last year to decry the "inhuman tragedy." They blamed the Israelis.
It is left to others to frame a charitable construction for the Rachel Corrie-style rhetoric that emanates from the Christian leaders of the Holy Land. But to the extent they presume to issue appeals to humanity via the press and the Web, this corner of humanity, albeit tucked behind a keyboard in American suburbia, has the right to respond.