Before he died, Ed Koch had this inscribed on his tombstone:
"My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish"Click to enlarge:
(Daniel Pearl, 2002, just before he was beheaded by a Muslim terrorist)
Just a week ago, at the Huffington Post, while discussing the inscription, Koch wrote:
On January 21, the New York Times, the newspaper of record, recalled the killing of Daniel Pearl... The Times reported, "More than a dozen of the militants [why not call them Islamist terrorists?] involved in his murder remain at large, a testament to the lack of will by Pakistani authorities to prosecute the cases, according to a report released Thursday."Yeah! As Koch said, why not call them Islamist terrorists?
Well, if you got to the Times, you can read the sentence Koch quoted in its entirety:
Nine years after the American reporter Daniel Pearl was captured and killed by operatives of Al Qaeda in Pakistan, more than a dozen of the militants involved in his murder remain at large, a testament to the lack of will by Pakistani authorities to prosecute the cases, according to a report released Thursday.Oh -- so the Times didn't call the militants "Islamist terrorists" because it had already identified them as members of Al Qaeda. Not good enough, apparently, for Ed Koch.
The next sentence in the Times story begins, "Some of the 14 men who are known to have played a role in the death of Mr. Pearl, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, committed other terrorist acts in Pakistan...." And Pearl is said to have been kidnapped "as he was pursuing a story about Islamic extremism." Still, apparently, not good enough for Koch.
Koch really should have spent his final years as a right-wing pundit.
(Tombstone link via Memeorandum.)