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
"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
"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
"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
"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."