• Yokohama, Kanagawa


Of all my letters that this paper has printed in the past few years, there’s one that I regret writing: “Odd ideas for Mideast peace” (Sept. 20, 2006). My statement that “With or without Israel as their whipping boy, the Arab states will forever fight among themselves — and among the different sects of Islam, as they’re doing now — and they’ll always hate and blame Americans for all of their ills” was, in retrospect, wrong — and probably deeply offensive to Arabs everywhere.

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