In the days after the [U. S. Embassy in Beirut] bombing, the Arabs in their grief needed to turn to somebody. And I was the only person alive in Beirut who really knew the story. So they began to pour their hearts out.
David Ignatius writes a foreign affairs column for The Washington Post and contributes to the Post Partisan blog.
He joined the Post in 1986 as editor of its Sunday Outlook section. In 1990 he became foreign editor, and in 1993, assistant managing editor for business news.
He has reported for The Wall Street Journal, covering the steel industry, the Justice Department, the CIA, the Senate, the Middle East, and the State Department.
Ignatius has also written eight spy novels, including Body of Lies, which was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.