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What Daniel Pearl stood for

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 5, 2008 | 3:39 pm

Judea Pearl reflected in the Wall Street Journal last week on how the murder six years ago of his son, journalist Daniel Pearl, changed the world.

The shocking element in Danny’s murder was that he was killed, not for what he wrote or planned to write, but for what he represented—America, modernity, openness, pluralism, curiosity, dialogue, fairness, objectivity, freedom of inquiry, truth and respect for all people. In short, each and every one of us was targeted in Karachi in January of 2002.

This new twist of killing journalists for what they represent has changed the course of journalism as well as the rest of society.

It was through Danny’s face that people came to grasp the depth of cruelty and inhumanity into which this planet of ours has been allowed to sink in the past two decades. His murder proved that 9/11 was not an isolated event, and helped resurrect the age-old ideas of right and wrong, good and evil. Moral relativism died with Daniel Pearl in January 2002.

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