Andrew Tries to Change the Subject

Andrew responds to my response to his response to my response (or something) by intimating  that I love Saudi dictators. I don't love them. Does he really believe that I could love a regime that supports the spread of Wahhabist ideology across the world, including to Gaza and the West Bank? And that supports the export of theologically-driven anti-Semitism? Really.

Andrew knows that I support democratization in the Middle East (I attach myself, for instance, to the sentiments described in this Washington Post editorial). Andrew also knows that I support the dismantling of settlements on the West Bank (just as I supported the dismantling of settlements in Gaza) and the creation of an independent, contiguous state of Palestine.

What Andrew is doing is changing the subject. The Wikileaks dump proves that a wide array of Arab regimes supports the muscular confrontation of Iran by the West, that it is not just Israel that seeks to pull America into a fight with Teheran. These inconvenient facts muddy Andrew's newly-adopted narrative, that it is a group of warmongering Jews -- alone -- who seek to ignite World War III. Wikileaks proves that it is a bit more complicated than that.

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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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