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I'm having a Twitter debate with Jamie Kirchick (I'm at @goldberg3000, in case you have nothing better to do with your time) about whether or not Nazis are worse than Islamic jihadists. This started with my tweeted observation that one of the only things I like less than jihadists is Nazis. Jamie seems to be arguing that the threat from Islamism is as great as the threat from the Nazis once was. I tend to think that Nazis, in the Jewish martyrology, stand alone, and should stand alone.

All this was brought up by the allegation, just developing now, that the shootings in France were conducted by some sort of neo-Nazi posse. It's too early to comment on this with any surety, but it's quite unbelievable to think of France as a place still home to murderous Nazis. On the other hand, where did Herzl first have his revelation that Europe wasn't a healthy place for Jews?

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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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