CNN.com - Mariane Pearl: Husband's spirit lives on - February 22, 2002

 

 

Daniel Pearl, journalist van de Wall Street Journal  wordt op 23 januari 2002 gekidnapped door een groep die aangeeft te strijden voor de bevrijding van Pakistan.

 

Op 14 februari verklaart Saeed Sheikh, betrokken bij de kidnapping, voor de rechtbank dat Daniel Pearl gedood is.

 

Het State Department geeft aan Wall Street Journal door dat Pearl dood is.

 

 

 

Het origineel van onderstaand vraaggesprek stond op de website van CNN

               

 

       

 

    

 

Mariane Pearl:

Husband's spirit lives on

February 22, 2002 Posted: 6:20 PM EST (2320 GMT)

 

                  

                  "My other hope now -- in my seventh month of pregnancy -- is

                  that I will be able to tell our son that his father carried

                  the flag to end terrorism," said Mariane Pearl. 

 

 

 

 

      KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) -- Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered American

      journalist Daniel Pearl, released the following statement Friday:

 

      "From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my gratitude to all

      of the people throughout the world who have given Danny and me support and

      encouragement.

  

      "The messages I have received from the five continents have shown me that

      a lot of you who don't even know Danny personally have come to understand

      him as a man. Not a hero, not a spy, but an ordinary man and great

      journalist who has traveled the world to reveal facts and seek the truth

      -- a value for him as sacred as freedom itself.

     

      "Danny's principles were steadfast: He never accepted an opinion at face

      value nor submitted to those who tried to silence or pressure him,

      regardless of their power or nationality. All of this can be seen in the

      work he has produced over the last 12 years as a reporter for the Wall

      Street Journal. A video has been produced of him forced to read a

      statement and then showing him dead and stabbed in the most cruel and

      cowardly manner.

     

      "From this act of barbarism, terrorists expect all of us to bow our heads

      and retreat as victims forever threatened by their ruthlessness. What

      terrorists forget is that they may seize the life of an innocent man or

      the lives of many innocent people as they did on September 11, but they

      cannot claim the spirit or faith of individual human beings.

 

 

      "The terrorists who say they killed my husband may have taken his life,

      but they did not take his spirit. Danny is my life. They may have taken my

      life, but they did not take my spirit.

 

      "I promise you that the terrorists did not defeat my husband no matter

      what they did to him, nor did they succeed in seizing his dignity or value

      as a human being. As his wife, I feel proud of Danny. I trust that our

      struggle will ultimately serve the greater purpose of resisting those evil

      people casting a shadow upon our world.

 

      "This responsibility rests with each one of us no matter our age, our

      gender, our nationality, our religion. No individual alone will be able to

      fight terrorism. No state alone will be able to wage this battle. We need

      to overcome cultural and religious differences, motivating our governments

      to work hand in hand with each other, perhaps in an unprecedented way.

      "I think we are now all aware that terror is not a problem facing one

      country alone, not Pakistan, not the United States. It is the worldwide

      responsibility of governments and we as journalists, professionals of all

      kinds and human beings -- mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. We are

      all going to need courage and commitment. Let us inspire each other to

      goodness.

 

      "Revenge would be easy, but it is far more valuable in my opinion to

      address this problem of terrorism with enough honesty to question our own

      responsibility as nations and as individuals for the rise of terrorism.

      "My own courage arises from two facts. One is that throughout this ordeal

      I have been surrounded by people of amazing value. This helps me trust

      that humanism ultimately will prevail. My other hope now -- in my seventh

      month of pregnancy -- is that I will be able to tell our son that his

      father carried the flag to end terrorism, raising an unprecedented demand

      among people from all countries not for revenge but for the values we all

      share: love, compassion, friendship and citizenship far transcending the

      so-called clash of civilizations."