And then she went and did something stupider.
This is as much fun to watch as a guy slipping on the stuff he didn’t pick up after his doggie. Last Sunday night, our Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power made the mistake of tweeting the tried and true official claptrap about peace and understanding and how we should all restrain ourselves and do our little bit so that violence will stop. It’s stupid, it’s entirely without any foundation in the reality of our current universe, but it’s her leftist mantra and she has no other, so she tweeted it.
Big mistake. Because the tweet came as her takeaway from her own speech as the guest of honor at a UCLA memorial dinner for slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, and she made it sound, God help her, like the beheaded Pearl should have curbed his violent tendencies, because, hey, look how he ended up.
There’s stupid and there’s stupid, and this one broke the record for stupid, held, I believe, by Sarah Palin for seeing Russia from her house, and Alexander Hague’s attempt at a shortcut to the U.S. presidency with his “I’m in charge.”
Power tweeted: “Daniel Pearl’s story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN”
She was attacked by angry mobs of keyboard wielding Americans, anyone with an ax to grind against the administration, basically. The stark contrast between her kindergarten teacher morality and the satanic viciousness of Pearl’s murderers evoked holy rage in anyone to the right of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. And then she went and did something stupider.
Any media adviser fresh out of high school would have told Power to shut up, keep her head down and in a couple of weeks only mean spirited, conservative pundits would remember this fiasco. But, apparently, she was fresh out of those.
So she tweeted a correction. Ouch:
Correction: @DanielPearlFNDN’s work is a reminder that individual accountability + reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.
What she did is suggest that she didn’t mean the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, but rather the foundation named after him, they should help in breaking the cycle of violence.
In other words, she took a lawyer instead of a publicist to deal with the problem. It didn’t go over well.
schlute: So @AmbassadorPower is still saying Daniel Pearl shouldn’t have been such a Jewy Jew? Is she seriously that tone deaf?
T. Becket Adams: I still have no idea what this means.
Harold: Thats like…so philosophical, man.
Mike Newman: Some people who try to be philosophical, just sound like idiots.
Hating Breitbart: When will the cycle of Muslims cutting people’s heads off end? When Jews & Christians stop being born?
It just went on and on like that, because the woman threw a new, upgraded slab of raw meat in front of the crowd, so the crowd rolled out the barbecues out of the garage again.
So now she went all out with a second correction:
Samantha Power @AmbassadorPower
As I said last night, the men who murdered Daniel Pearl did so because “he was an American, and most of all, because he was a Jew.”
Needless to say, it didn’t help much. The responses are still coming in, but, so far, these guys were not buying it:
Moose Airborne: @AmbassadorPower Maybe it should have been your head?
Robot J. McCarthy: @AmbassadorPower You are a worthless Communist!!!
Incidentally, according to JTA, during her Sunday night at the 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Power asserted that the United States opposes boycotts of Israeli institutions and products “as disruptive of the peace process.” Not illegal, mind you, not a vicious, possibly criminal campaign against a close ally – just unhelpful to the peace process.
What are you saying, Ambassador, that were it effective in pushing the peace process forward you’re all in favor of the boycotts?
Someone at the white house, do the administration a big favor, when she’s not looking, grab Ambassador Power’s iPhone and delete her Tweeter account. Before she issues another correction.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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