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UN Ambassador Power’s inexplicable comment on Daniel Pearl ‘so shocking it takes the breath away’

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United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power on Monday tweeted a bizarre statement about slain journalist Daniel Pearl and “individual accountability” that offended some and confused others.

Her attempts to explain herself only made matters worse.

Power tweeted:

Pearl, then 38 and the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped by jihadists in Pakistan four months after 9/11. Nine days later, on Feb. 1, 2002, Pearl was grusomely beheaded by al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. After being forced to read a prepared statement, his throat was slit and his head sawn off – a scene capture on videotape. The statement said:

My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish American from Encino, California, U.S.A. … My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family visits to Israel.

Power’s tweet sparked immediate outrage and confusion. The Legislative and Advocacy Committee of Concerned Woman for America tweeted:

Florida GOP political consultant Rick Wilson took the videotaped Pearl murder to its conclusion:

Still other Twitter users wondered just how far Power wanted to take her “blame the victim” mindset. Here are a few examples:

Another Twitter user summed it up this way:

Power tried to make things all better with a follow-up tweet — but it was just as ludicrous as the first:

It left T. Booker Adams, a business writer for The Blaze, just as flummoxed:

Perhaps the best explanation was offered in the form of a question by another Twitter user:

President Obama appointed Power to fill the vacancy left by Susan Rice, who became national security advisor. Power’s appointment was controversial because of anti-Israeli and anti-American comments she’d made in the past.

It sounds like the tigress hasn’t changed her stripes.

Read more tweets compiled by Twitchy, then check out “Brave actress Patricia Heaton’s honest pro-life tweet draws attention from both sides.”

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