Is this the first American death caused by our naive policy to remove Hosni Mubarak?
Guess what reeling (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) this kid was… and did he study at a conservative institution or at a “progressive” institution?
OK, the second question is easy, since there are so few conservative colleges, but what religion? Who would be trusting enough to send a kid into the middle of Egypt during the “Arab Spring” hoping to “teach peace”?
An American student fatally stabbed in Egypt was so fascinated with the region, he read poems about it to his girlfriend, his mother said.
Andrew Pochter of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was stabbed Friday in the port city of Alexandria. He was in the country teaching English to elementary school children.
“As we understand it, he was witnessing the protest as a bystander and was stabbed by a protester,” his family said in a statement. “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding.”
Egyptian state media reported that he was stabbed in the chest while filming the protests.
The 21-year-old went to Egypt this year after spending time in Morocco and falling in love with the region.
Before the trip, he interned for AMIDEAST, an American nonprofit that focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. He also took a class in regional politics.
While enrolled in the class, he read poems about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to his girlfriend, said his mother, Elizabeth Pochter.
“The class wasn’t just about some detached war to him, but a struggle that he passionately wanted to resolve,” she said, according to a statement by Kenyon College, where he had just completed his sophomore year.
“Andrew was a person who didn’t see the world as separate nations, but a collection of vibrant cultures.”
His goal was to understand the political and religious dynamics in the region, sharpen his Arabic skills and learn the different dialects, according to his family.
“He was one of the rare kids who lived what he believed,” said Marc Bragin, a chaplain at Kenyon. “His belief was that everyone should be included, everyone had a voice, and no one should be left out because what they think is different than what others think.”
A religious studies major, Pochter was raised in a Christian and Jewish household, and was a member of the Middle Eastern Students Association. He was headed into his junior year in college.
I read elsewhere that he was also very involved in Hillel. So, we have a great kid who loves people and sincerely wants to help. He loves poetry. He might have thought that the power of poetry would help. And we have the River of DeNile, not just in Egypt, but in Ohio, in feel-good philosophies which have pushed aside reality in suburbs and cities, churches and synagogues, all across the United States. And this young man, who grew up in that happy bubble, paid for the refusal to understand that not everyone is good and decent at heart – with his life. My heart goes out to his parents and sister, because they, too, are embedded in this stew of nonsense. Andrew was stabbed because the stabber had a knife and could. That’s all. We send our sweet, hapless kids into war zones (created by this administration, also deluded), and we expect the warriors to love us. We are nuts.
May I rant on further? This is a way to illustrate my point. I am assuming (possibly incorrectly) that if you watch Fox News or CNN on cable, you see the same ads no matter where you live in the country. So, try flipping back and forth for not just news coverage, but for the advertisements. We know that the news coverage is reality-based for the most part and CNN is bubble-based, but pay attention to ads. Fox runs a lot of ads for hearing aids, reverse mortgages, weight loss programs, cheap restaurants and fast cars. Old demographic for sure, not going to be voting much longer. CNN runs these ridiculous feel-good ads. How you can feel terrible about the children in the developing world, and how, by purchasing a certain insurance product, you can feel better. Or giving money to the “girl’s fund”, to help girls in third world countries avoid rape. Moonbat demographic, and they will be voting for decades.
In short, we’re screwed. Here’s a question about “the children” for, Mr. and Ms. Moonbat. How many more American kids must we feed into this region without any military training or support whatsoever? Why not encourage your kids to teach English in Los Angeles or NY where they might survive the experience?