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February 23, 2002
Killed on the job
By Kaishi Lee
My eye is crying all the time
Until my eye gets sick.
My eyes. My eyes.
This is my fate
I have to wait for it.
I can't do anything about it.
-- The lead in Daniel Pearl’s
They say a picture tells a
Head bent, hands cuffed and a
9-mm pistol held menacingly at his head, Daniel Pearl’s bone-chilling pictures
told more. They told of a man who was a husband, son, father-to-be and, most
importantly, a respected journalist killed on the job.
And more … a child of Israeli
immigrants, a Stanford student, a late-night music host for the campus radio
station, a rookie reporter who worked his way up from domestic beats to
His bleary eyes showed
desperation and a faint glimmer of hope. His cool head and innate charm
couldn’t rescue him after being kidnapped on January 23 in
Even when Marianne Pearl pleaded
with her husband’s kidnappers in a televised interview, there was no news,
except stories that his body had been dumped in an unspecified graveyard.
Daniel Pearl was just a pawn in a show of
senseless and egoistic violence that clamored for the world’s undivided
attention and got it.
The bottom line is that
anti-American sentiment is still prevalent. A Palestinian survivor once said,
Events in the real world are often never a clear-cut black and white.
Maybe it's just me, but I loathe hypocrisy and jingoism.
Some good advice to take is what the playwright August Wilson said: that whatever we do, it should be something we look back upon ten years from now with pride rather than shame.
Considering the extreme complexity and sensitivity of
The full reality is not only important, but something even
many Americans have yet to understand: who we are at the end of the day is what
we do and not what we say.
Or else chalk up a small but disconcerting victory for the bad guys.
Picture courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.
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