point16 May 2004
Score one for Juan Cole.
In a post detailing the overwhelming condemnation of the Berg murder in the Muslim world:
We’ll be hearing for years from the talking heads on US cable news about how the Muslim world failed to condemn what was done to Berg. It would be as though a set of high-ranking cardinals in the Vatican condemned something unreservedly and then people kept saying the Church remained silent.
Today on CNN, covering Colin Powell’s “Meet the Press” interview:
DEAD SEA RESORT, Jordan (CNN) – The Arab world should be showing “a higher level of outrage” over the death of an American businessman whose beheading was posted on an Islamist Web site last week, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday.
“There’s no excuse for silence on this kind of murder,” Powell told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“I would like to have seen a much higher level of outrage throughout the world, but especially in the Arab world, to this murder,” he said.
“What we saw with this horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible murder should be deplored throughout the Arab world.”
Good call, Juan.