They say actions speak louder than words. In this case, the action is laudable, but the words that accompanied it are unfortunate at best and loathsome at worst. Halverson sums it up rather neatly:
Imagination is captured by triumph. Redemption. Beheading doesn’t qualify, nor does it “remind us” of anything besides evil. The president’s refusal to acknowledge evil empowers evil.
Had Obama said something along the lines of, “The horrendous death of Daniel Pearl at the hands of Islamic terrorists captured the world’s attention because it reminded us how ruthless and dangerous the enemy we face is,” I would not be in the middle of this commentary. But Obama didn’t even see fit to mention the manner of Pearl’s death, nor did he bother to mention who was responsible. As Mark Steyn reminds us, the man who actually wielded the knife was none other than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. “But Mr. Obama is not the kind to take ‘guilty’ for an answer, so he’s arranging a hugely expensive trial for KSM amid the bright lights of Broadway,” says Steyn.
Obama and members of his administration have a strange aversion to pointing the finger of blame at Islamists when they perpetrate their acts of horror in the name of Islam, even going so far as to ban “Islamic extremism” from the national security lexicon.
Meanwhile, Obama and his minions scolded Israel for constructing homes in the West Bank and Obama treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like something he found in the litter box when Netanyahu visited the White House in March — holding back red carpet treatment, not posing for official photos, and leaving him on his own at dinnertime.
So the question remains: is Obama just an insensitive boob, or is he an anti-Semite?
Daniel Pearl’s terrible, unwarranted death doesn’t capture my imagination. What is does capture is the idea of Obama being swept out of office in 2012. Now that’s change I can believe in.