Forum, Jan. 20, 1975

Is Faisal a Villain or Statesman?

To the Editors:

Your choice of King Faisal as Man of the Year was indeed an excess of poor judgment. If the world (and particularly the press) should have learned anything about the Arab mentality, it is that publicity and recognition only encourage the Arabs' violence and blackmail.

From Sirhan to Munich, from hijacking of planes to highway robbery at the gas pumps, the more notoriety they receive, the more innocent blood they shed and the harder their bargaining position on oil becomes.

I doubt that your choice even sits well...

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