"James W. von Brunn was quickly segregated from the American mainstream and designated the crackpot he is," columnist Richard Cohen wrote about the alleged U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooter. "In the Middle East, though, he would be no such thing — not some sort of reptilian vestige of the past but an ordinary man and therefore an extraordinary threat to the future." Cohen noted how "in vast parts of the Islamic world, too many people not only deny the Holocaust but embrace the thinking that made it possible." He argued that "if Arab leaders do not attempt to rebut and eliminate the hatred of Jews that is poisoning their societies, they will find that the peace that most of them undoubtedly want will not be possible."