With Thanks to Saudi Arabia

A Goldblog reader writes:

How many times a week do Islamic terrorists have to try to kill Americans and Jews before you admit that Islam is a threat to our Western way of life and to our physical safety? You have to be very willful about your ignorance to make believe that what is happening isn't happening. Are you very afraid of being found to be politically incorrect?

Islam? Islam is not the problem. In fact, it's the solution to the actual problem, the problem of political Islamism, a radical and often-violent minority movement within the body of Islam. But Islam itself? Islam contains multitudes, to borrow a phrase. In reference to the latest case -- the mail bombs out of Yemen -- well, this is a particularly bad case to hold up as proof of Islam's hostility to the West, because it was the Saudi government -- the custodian of the Two Mosques, the government that rules Islam's holy land -- that provided the West with the intelligence it needed to track down these bombs before they killed anyone. The West cannot defeat political Islamism. Only Islam can. And Saudi Arabia proved in this recent case that it is trying.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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