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Journalists' deaths 'shame Assad'

2012-02-23 07:36

London - Britain's press on Thursday united to pay tribute to "fearless and passionate" Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed when Syrian forces shelled the rebel city of Homs.

US-born Colvin and French freelance photojournalist Remi Ochlik were among dozens killed on Wednesday in the latest onslaught of the district, French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said.

Sister paper The Times said Colvin's reporting and subsequent death had strengthened global opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad's rule.

"Marie Colvin stood for truth and courage, which, when brought together, are the greatest moral force on the planet," said the paper's editorial.

"What she saw in Syria ranked among the worst crimes that that veteran reporter had encountered.

"President Assad should know that, hard though it is, we have listened. Britain has listened. And it knows, it understands now, what he has done," it added.

'Extraordinary journalist'


John Witherow, the Sunday Times editor, earlier described Colvin as "one of the greatest foreign correspondents of her generation" and an "extraordinary journalist".

Fellow broadsheet The Guardian praised Colvin's 30 years of "tough, humane, highly intelligent reports from the world's frontlines, the last only hours before she died.

"She knew the risks," reasoned the paper's leading article. "She believed that to bear witness, it was worth it."

The Daily Telegraph's obituary called Colvin a "fearless, passionate and ebullient foreign correspondent regarded by many as a latter-day Martha Gellhorn" and celebrated her larger-than-life personality.

"She loved life, and brought an American exuberance to the countless parties she graced over many years," it recalled.

"From the Gandamak Lodge in Kabul to Harry’s Bar in Paris, she could be found at the heart of the conversation, cigarette and brimming vodka martini in hand."

Comments
  • Anthony - 2012-02-23 07:43

    R.I.P

  • Putin the " - 2012-02-23 07:43

    She knew the dangers of going into the frontlines, like all others who died condolences...

  • Fred - 2012-02-23 07:47

    I feel such rage about this. I cannot wait for these heartless thugs to be removed. Not long now. It's hard to imagine that the boy-chief Assad is solely, or even mainly, responsible. Yes he's giving the commands, or allowing the commands to happen, but is he devising them? He seems immature, a lisping boy in a grown-up's body.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-23 08:15

    So sad...she was an amazing woman.....her legend will live on.....go in peace Marie.

  • Michael - 2012-02-23 09:42

    Regrettable, but no different from the civilians who are dying ,so should not be used as a spin opportunity by western governments, who will probably now use it as a pretext for a further escalation. I doubt it was possible to make these journalists a particular target, they were sadly just in an unfortunate place at the wrong time. Fred go bang your head against a wall, it might help to control your rage. Then you will be ready for the next 100,000 who are going to die because of the useless western government approach to resolving this crisis.

      Anthony - 2012-02-23 10:30

      @Michael, You make such silly and rather dumb comments. If maybe you will just stop for 10 minutes watching all these silly conspiracy websites,or that propaganda station RT, and go to the BBC. They have enough evidence that the Syrian government did know the exact location of Marie Colvin, and that the house in Homs, that some of the media was using , was specifically targeted. It is inconceivable that their are still those, that want to protect these assad criminals. But continue while you can, because the day is getting nearer and nearer of the end of this family of MURDERERS and THUGS. And that day you will have to find another HERO !!!

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-23 10:42

      In one paragraph you say western gots must not use this as an excuse to intervene....then...in the next...you call western govts. "useless". May I ask you why the western govts. should even be involved? Because the Arab League cannot deal with the situation? I say let the East take care of the East...the West have lost enough good lads to helping solve their problems.

      Michael - 2012-02-23 11:17

      Which are you Africa, or Anthony today? Yes it is wise not to accept the news of one channel and to perceptively watch a whole range of them, then you tend to get some balance in your understanding of the situation. Unfortunately you only resort to silly name calling. You can shout murderers and thugs to the mountains for as long as you wish but its not going to stop the bloodshed. I have consistently said that change is needed in Syria, but not at the cost of thousands of lives and driven by the dangerous egos of little napoleon and sidekick Cameron. You are the idiot who believes that the only way to solve something is with a fight. Go back to the school playing fields where your mentality belongs. Sad as the loss of these journalists is, they were in the country through the back door, unlike Lise Doucet and others who have entered legally, they were under the protection of the rebels, they knowingly entered a combat zone and were under no illusions about the risks. Now I am much more concerned about the innocent child that died on the previous day, than I am about adults who have willingly and knowingly placed themselves in the greatest danger. I ask, why do the rebels fight from a heavily populated urban area, placing huge numbers of civilians at risk? Where are the observers who were rejected and dismissed just when their work held some potential to begin to calm the situation? Why do international organizations refuse dialogue with the Syrian government?

      Michael - 2012-02-23 11:31

      Yes Elspeth, one questions the nature of their involvement. Truth is they are itching to go in there militarily, which will lead to a very dangerous situation not only in the ME but also for the world. I fear that the deaths of well known and loved journalists will be used to tip the the process. If the west was genuine in looking to human rights and democracy, it would have adopted a totally different approach and tried through engagement to solve the Syrian crisis. I agree with you, it is tragic for the parents of sons and daughters who are deployed in Afghanistan to see their children coming back in body bags when there is simply no meaning to their deaths. But to the rabble rousing Anthony and Fred on this site, if you dare to question and criticize the current approach (which has no chance of success and will lead to far more deaths), then it must follow that Assad is your HERO. Go back to Logic 1A my friends, do not stop.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-23 11:37

      If it had not been for Marie, you would not have known about the child that died. People like Marie (as you say) knowingly put their lives @ risk to bring us the truth. The so called "legal" journos are fed Govt. propaganda and half truths and THEY know it.I am not belittling them because they are also exposing, by reporting the Govt. spin, how bad the bad guys are. Also, don't go ranting at blogger for name calling when you are doing extactly the same!

      Michael - 2012-02-23 12:08

      Yes I agree with you Elspeth, and I also apologize to Fred for calling him an idiot. Fell into the trap unfortunately, but I am not angry as he is, just saddened!

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-23 12:39

      Are you Ryan's uncle????? This is a small world indeed!!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-23 14:28

      You're a heartless human being, Michael, a revengeful technocrat like Bashar Assad who doesn't really connect with human emotions and understand what the people of Syria are going through, and how wrong, utterly wrong this is.

      Anthony - 2012-02-23 14:34

      @Michel, Firstly, sorry for the confusing ,Africa' and 'Anthony' The reason I tried to change my name is very simple. There is another 'Anthony' who regularly makes a comment. Besides that his opinions are mostly right the opposite of mine, it is confusing. But why it keeps changing between my new and old name , I don't have a clue. What I do know; I hate this fb access !!! Secondly, there is not much to reply to. You seem to have a fascination for dictators and tyrants. You just don't get it. Negotiations have nothing to do with the ones outside of Syria. the opposition have wanted a dialogue with the assads for 40 years. Now that this criminal family is responsible for he death of more than 7000 Syrians, the opposition has no longer any interest at all And by the way, according to the Geneva convention, anyone who on purpose kills a journalist, is a WAR CRIMINAL !!!!

      Michael - 2012-02-23 17:14

      That's where you are wrong Anthony (Africa). I have no like nor dislike for dictators in any form, I wonder where or how you managed to conclude otherwise. I have consistently for the past year of participation on the Syria blogs expressed and supported the need for change. Having lived in the country and gained a fair level of understanding of its complexities, I simply and strongly condemn the "bull in a china shop" approach by western governments that has taken this crisis down a very slippery path and will result in the needless deaths of many people and a very long time to resolve.

      Fred - 2012-02-23 19:05

      That's exactly the point: you have no like or dislike for dictators in any form. You're emotionally detached, no human feelings, only dry, heartless analytical thoughts. With no feeling you're disconnected from your Soul that is all feeling, and from God, Soul being the lens through which God sees us, communicates with us. Right now, in the absense of real change, you're a force of darkness, thankfully a weak one given your lack of real emotion.

      Anthony - 2012-02-23 19:47

      @Michael " Bull in a china shop approach " !! What are you talking about ?? It is precicely that the West has done "nothing" that this madness has escalated to unprecendented levels. And what change do you suggest ? A new national anthem ?? The Syrian opposition is more determent than ever; "this assad dynasty is going to end" AND END IT WILL !!!!!!!!!!!!

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-24 17:23

      Fred and Anthony at it again ! Lol, Michael these people cannot have an argument, anything you tell or show them will be dismissed as conspiracy theory. Their egos come before the truth, its no use..

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 13:08

      @Mathew, Lesson number one in politics: Dare to take a stand, and than secondly, make up your mind what's right and what's wrong. Don't be like Michael, and sit on a fence, and than see which way the wind is blowing. You can't be a little bit against dictators, tyrants or a murderers. You either disapprove of their behavior, or you accept it.

  • Betsy - 2012-02-23 11:58

    Every death shames the country - not just those of journalists.

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-02-23 15:16

    As the Yanks would say EASY JUST NUK IT and there is a few more countries that can follow - then that would be a warning to all the other idiots.

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