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James Carroll

Carroll is Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University, holder of the 2011 Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair at Emory University, and a columnist for the Globe. He is author of ten novels and six works of non-fiction, including “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World.”

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Making weapons of our own destruction

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The events of 9/11 took place a long time ago. A callow United States showed itself to be grossly ignorant in its indiscriminate striking out at Islamic targets, as if there were no differences between Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, Afghanistan and Iraq. But the deeper ignorance was America’s utter blindness to the long-simmering conflict between Sunni and Shitte Muslims.

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The wicked irony of Holy Week

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Intended to transform suffering, these observances became, down through the ages, a transcendent source of suffering.

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By making war, US unleashed mass rape

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In Washington, policy makers’ anticipations of “collateral damage” are self-servingly abstract.

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God was James Foley’s witness

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It is for the largeness of his heart, and the spaciousness of his faith, that the world cries out today.