I read in the Houston Chronicle today an <A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/08/opinion/08FRIE.html"</A>article by Thomas L. Friedman (NY Times)</A> concerning the Arab world and perceptions. It was very thought provoking. I have to date really been unaware of a presence in the Arab world of a less radical frame of mind, even one that promotes tolerance. This can't help but alter my views on the mainstream Arab world. Of course, I always hope we can become on the best of terms with people; this article helps to restore some of those hopes.