Blaming the victim for his beheading

Ethel C. Fenig
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan in May 2002 by infamous Pakistani al Qaeda member, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, for the crime of being a Jew.

Several years later his parents set up a foundation in his memory.

Sunday night, shortly after speaking at the Daniel Pearl Memorial Foundation set up by his parents, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power vomited the following bizarre tweet.

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower 17h

Daniel Pearl's story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN

Aha!  So it is Pearl's fault that he was beheaded because he had no accountability; he was responsible for his own death because he didn't reconcile with the murderous al Qaeda.  Furthermore al Qaeda is innocent and Pearl's parents must reconcile with his slaughterers if they want to "break cycles of violence!"  Hmmm!

After an onslaught of negative criticism, ten hours later the extraordinarily erudite Ambassador Power modified her tweet, spitting forth

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower 7h

Correction: @DanielPearlFNDN's work is a reminder that individual accountability + reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.

Hmmmmmm some more!  Aha! So it is the Daniel Pearl Foundation's work to remind us that Pearl, the victim, lacked accountability; that Pearl deserved his fate and his parents' Foundation must reconcile with his slaughterers to "break cycles of violence," perhaps by honoring al Qaeda.  Nothing is required of al Qaeda.

More anger at Power's ignorance and her excusing the oppressors while blaming the victims. 

So she tried again and with great difficulty managed weakly to admit

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower 7h

As I said last night, the men who murdered Daniel Pearl did so because "he was an American, and most of all, because he was a Jew."

Well, maybe she mumbled something to that effect in her speech but her real feelings came spilling out in her tweets.

So perhaps Power thinks Pearl should have apologized to al Qaeda for being and remaining a proud Jew.  Yes, that is it! 

Jews remaining Jewish and--to a slightly lesser extent--Christians remaining Christian--and all of them not becoming Muslim will continue.  Well then, that just will not break the "cycles of violence" because it just angers Muslims, making reconciliation impossible.  What to do?  What to do?  Submitting to more extorted concessions from Muslims to "break cycles of violence" would be a start.  Hmmm, don't think so. 

Of course Muslims are not required to make any concessions on their violence and hatred which somehow is not accountable in the "cycle of violence." 

As Robert Spencer points out on Jihad Watch:

Power reveals by this tweet the entire wrongheaded mindset of the U.S. foreign policy establishment: that the way to deal with jihad is to seek "reconciliation" by making various concessions, and launching hearts and minds initiatives that shower money on the offenders in hopes that they will be bought off as "friends." Power is also, unsurprisingly, a vociferous foe of Israel.

Spencer nails it--"in hopes that they will be bought off as 'friends.'"

Score another major fail in international diplomacy from an administration that works with a phone and a pen.  



Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan in May 2002 by infamous Pakistani al Qaeda member, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, for the crime of being a Jew.

Several years later his parents set up a foundation in his memory.

Sunday night, shortly after speaking at the Daniel Pearl Memorial Foundation set up by his parents, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power vomited the following bizarre tweet.

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower 17h

Daniel Pearl's story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN

Aha!  So it is Pearl's fault that he was beheaded because he had no accountability; he was responsible for his own death because he didn't reconcile with the murderous al Qaeda.  Furthermore al Qaeda is innocent and Pearl's parents must reconcile with his slaughterers if they want to "break cycles of violence!"  Hmmm!

After an onslaught of negative criticism, ten hours later the extraordinarily erudite Ambassador Power modified her tweet, spitting forth

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower 7h

Correction: @DanielPearlFNDN's work is a reminder that individual accountability + reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.

Hmmmmmm some more!  Aha! So it is the Daniel Pearl Foundation's work to remind us that Pearl, the victim, lacked accountability; that Pearl deserved his fate and his parents' Foundation must reconcile with his slaughterers to "break cycles of violence," perhaps by honoring al Qaeda.  Nothing is required of al Qaeda.

More anger at Power's ignorance and her excusing the oppressors while blaming the victims. 

So she tried again and with great difficulty managed weakly to admit

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower 7h

As I said last night, the men who murdered Daniel Pearl did so because "he was an American, and most of all, because he was a Jew."

Well, maybe she mumbled something to that effect in her speech but her real feelings came spilling out in her tweets.

So perhaps Power thinks Pearl should have apologized to al Qaeda for being and remaining a proud Jew.  Yes, that is it! 

Jews remaining Jewish and--to a slightly lesser extent--Christians remaining Christian--and all of them not becoming Muslim will continue.  Well then, that just will not break the "cycles of violence" because it just angers Muslims, making reconciliation impossible.  What to do?  What to do?  Submitting to more extorted concessions from Muslims to "break cycles of violence" would be a start.  Hmmm, don't think so. 

Of course Muslims are not required to make any concessions on their violence and hatred which somehow is not accountable in the "cycle of violence." 

As Robert Spencer points out on Jihad Watch:

Power reveals by this tweet the entire wrongheaded mindset of the U.S. foreign policy establishment: that the way to deal with jihad is to seek "reconciliation" by making various concessions, and launching hearts and minds initiatives that shower money on the offenders in hopes that they will be bought off as "friends." Power is also, unsurprisingly, a vociferous foe of Israel.

Spencer nails it--"in hopes that they will be bought off as 'friends.'"

Score another major fail in international diplomacy from an administration that works with a phone and a pen.