The Problem With Burial at Sea

No, the problem is not that the sharks will choke on Bin Laden's poisoned heart, it is that the lack of a body will only encourage conspiracy-mongering. I'm reasonably sure that the birthers and the truthers will soon be joined by the Abbottabaders, or whatever they're going to be called. We're waiting, of course, to see what, if anything, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new al Qaeda number-one (mazel tov on the promotion, by the way), will say about the death of his putative leader. If he acknowledges the death, then the conspiracists will have more trouble ginning up anxiety. Which won't stop them, of course. See: Trump, Donald. 

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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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