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Who Killed Daniel Pearl?

Barack Obama won't say.

12:00 AM, May 18, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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While it is not helpful for the president to eschew any mention of “radical Islam” or similar terms altogether, it is somewhat more understandable that he would not call out the Pakistani government here. The Pakistani government is both divided and duplicitous. The Pakistani civilian leadership was not in power at the time of Pearl’s murder, and would not condone such an act. However, the ISI – the state within the state – maintains substantial power to this day. Some parts of the ISI are on our side; some parts are not. It is a messy situation.

But on a day when America is remembering Daniel Pearl and the American president is standing up to those who would kill more journalists, it is also worth remembering that Pearl’s murderers have powerful friends in Pakistan.

Just ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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