What to Worry About Today

1. If you're a Bahraini Shia outside your house, you're worried about staying alive;

2. If you're a Bahraini Sunni leader, you're worried that the Saudis, thinking you can't control your Shia population, will soon invade and occupy your country;

3. If you're an American policymaker, you're worried about losing a surpassingly important strategic asset in Bahrain, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th fleet;

4. If you're an American policymaker, you're worried about how deeply you should deplore from the State Department podium the Saudi attempt to undermine Bahrain's Shia-dominated reform movement;

5. If you're an Iranian military planner, you're worried that the Americans and Saudis conspire to keep Bahrain's pro-Western rulers in power, thereby limiting your opportunities to, among other things, seed the Persian Gulf with mines;

6. If you're an Israeli policymaker, you're worried that the U.S. will choose not to veto an anti-settlement resolution at the United Nations;

7. If you're a supporter of Israel, you're worried that the Israeli leadership has no idea how to manage its relations with the country's dwindling number of friends.

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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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