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U.N. Ambassador: Daniel Pearl’s Murder Reminder that ‘Reconciliation Required to Break Cycles of Violence’

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, delivered the twelfth annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA on Sunday.

She took the occasion to offer her thoughts on the 2002 death of Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped by an Islamist militant group in Karachi, Pakistan, and beheaded by 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  

Before his murder, Pearl’s captors forced him to detail on videotape the nature of his Jewish ancestry: “My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism,” he said. The video also shows Pearl’s severed head and his body, which was hacked to pieces.

His captors demanded the release of all Muslim prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, warning that if the United States refused their demands, they would continue to kidnap and murder American Jews.

Power said that Pearl’s death is a “reminder that individual accountability and reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.” 

UPDATE: Ambassador Power issued the following correction to her tweet, noting that she intended to say that the work of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which was founded by his family to address the “root causes” of his death, is “a reminder that individual accountability are required to break cycles of violence.” 

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.


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