Daniel Pearl and the Normalization of Evil

[Wall Street Journal] Judea Pearl - This week marks the seventh anniversary of the murder of our son, former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Seven years later this ideology of barbarism is celebrated in European and American universities, fueling rally after rally for Hamas, Hizbullah and other heroes of "the resistance." Another kidnapped young man, Israeli Gilad Shalit, has spent his 950th day of captivity with no Red Cross visitation while world leaders seriously debate whether his kidnappers deserve international recognition. Somehow, barbarism, often cloaked in the language of "resistance," has gained acceptance in the most elite circles of our society. The words "war on terror" cannot be uttered today without fear of offense. Civilized society, so it seems, is so numbed by violence that it has lost its gift to be disgusted by evil.

2009-02-04 06:00:00

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