Take a Deep Breath: ISIS and the Arab World Thomas L. Friedman September 16, 2014 Thomas Friedman argues that the Muslim world is at a crossroads and we should be slow to intervene. This game has reached its limit. First, because ISIS presents a challenge to Saudi Arabia. ISIS says it is the “caliphate,” the center of Islam. Saudi Arabia believes it is the center. And, second, ISIS is threatening Muslims everywhere. This is a war about the soul of Islam and what direction they will go. Saudi can’t continue to fund this version of Islam because they have now become a threat to too many Muslims. Yet, the Muslim world is slow to join our coalition. Why? We should figure that out before we keep arming groups. Friedman poses some good questions that we should consider before engaging.