Last week, in a letter to the NY Times.
To the Editor:
Re â€œPick a Topic, Any Topic. He Didâ€ (Books of The Times, Aug. 13):
Michiko Kakutani, in her review of my book of essays â€œThe Way the World Works,â€ says of me: â€œHe even seems to suggest some sort of moral equivalence between the Nazis and the Allies.â€ I certainly donâ€™t suggest that, and as Iâ€™ve repeatedly said in public, I totally reject the notion of moral equivalence as a way of looking at World War II.
Each murder, whether in war or peace, is a separate wrong: one of the things we have to do to get ourselves moving in the right direction â€” away from retribution, vengeance, payback â€” is to stop bundling deaths together and weighing them on a giant scale.
South Berwick, Me., Aug. 13, 2012