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Writer: Obama misses with Danny Pearl speech

May 25, 2010

Here’s a stinging response in the Jewish World Review to President Obama’s rather understated remarks about the murdered journalist Danny Pearl. The quotes from the president do seem a big, well, vague at best. Let’s not forget, Pearl was decapitated. On video. Forced to declare himself a Jew on camera because it was that identity that made his murder even more delightful to the maniacs. Mark Steyn writes:

Notice how reflexively Obama lapses into sentimental one-worldism: Despite our many zip codes, we are one people, with a single imagination. In fact, the murder of Daniel Pearl teaches just the opposite — that we are many worlds, and worlds within worlds. Some of them don’t even need an “imagination.” Across the planet, the video of an American getting his head sawed off did brisk business in the bazaars and madrassahs and Internet downloads. Excited young men e-mailed it to friends, from cell phone to cell phone, from Karachi to Jakarta to Khartoum to London to Toronto to Falls Church, Virginia. In the old days, you needed an “imagination” to conjure the juicy bits of a distant victory over the Great Satan. But in an age of high-tech barbarism the sight of Pearl’s severed head is a mere click away.

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