Ambassador Samantha Power Baffles Many with Tweets About Daniel Pearl

Amb. Samantha Power Baffles with Tweets About Daniel Pearl 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power left many scratching their heads Sunday night after she posted several tweets about the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

On Sunday, Power gave the annual Daniel Pearl Lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, and sent out a few tweets remarking upon the experience: “Honored to give the Daniel Pearl Lecture at @UCLA and meet his parents, who responded to the hate that killed their son by urging dialogue,” she initially said.

She also noted what seemed to be the theme of the speech: Press freedom around the world.

But it was this next tweet that caused a stir:

Some expressed confusion:

And some conservatives took umbrage at what they saw as Power suggesting Pearl could have done something further, like “reconciliation” to prevent his own beheading:

And one lawmaker, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), even called for Power’s resignation:

Power later corrected herself by tweaking one word:

But that didn’t clarify much, some Twitter users suggested:

She also pushed back against those who suggest she made an equivalency between Islamic terrorists and Jews/Americans/Westerners:

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