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February 3, 2009

On 'Daniel Pearl and the Normalization of Evil '

Topics: Understanding Islam

In today's must read, marking the seventh anniversary of the murder of their son, former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, Judea Pearl and his wife wonder would Danny have believed today's world that emerged after his tragedy: "When will our luminaries stop making excuses for terror?"

[...] Danny was an optimist, a true believer in the goodness of mankind. Yet he was also a realist, and would not let idealism bend the harshness of facts.

Neither he, nor the millions who were shocked by his murder, could have possibly predicted that seven years later his abductor, Omar Saeed Sheikh, according to several South Asian reports, would be planning terror acts from the safety of a Pakistani jail. Or that his murderer, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, now in Guantanamo, would proudly boast of his murder in a military tribunal in March 2007 to the cheers of sympathetic jihadi supporters. Or that this ideology of barbarism would be celebrated in European and American universities, fueling rally after rally for Hamas, Hezbollah and other heroes of "the resistance." Or that another kidnapped young man, Israeli Gilad Shalit, would spend his 950th day of captivity with no Red Cross visitation while world leaders seriously debate whether his kidnappers deserve international recognition.

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Posted by Hyscience at February 3, 2009 1:37 PM

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