(Dargis, in her review, described the Pearls as “a little reckless… fired up by a shared belief that journalism could help make the world better, a chokingly poignant idea in these shockingly cynical times.”)

The message is clear: Salman Rushdie knew he had to go into hiding and many Muslim and ex-Muslim intellectuals publish only under pseudonyms. Did Pearl, as well as Jewish-American businessman Nicholas Berg, who was also decapitated on video, really think the rules of jihad did not apply to them?

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How special do Americans and Jews think they are? If Sunnis and Shia Muslims kill each other, honor-murder their own women with impunity, and blow up each other’s mosques – do Americans and Jews think that special treatment is reserved for them because they value life more or hold their own lives dear?

“A Mighty Heart” gave me a mighty headache. It is outrageous that big money in Hollywood, and in film studios all across Europe and the Middle East, is funding so many visual Big Lies which will only continue to confuse and weaken Westerners who should be learning the truth about jihad before it is too late.

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Dr. Phyllis Chesler is a professor emerita of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow, and the author of sixteen books including “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003, 2014), “Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews, 2003-2015 (2015), and “An American Bride in Kabul” (2013), for which she won the National Jewish Book Award in the category of memoirs. Her articles are archived at www.phyllis-chesler.com. A version of this piece appeared on IsraelNationalNews.com.
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