The title of a recently released CBS News article is “American (and) French journalists killed in Syria” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-57382449-503543/american-french-journalists-killed-in-syria/).
“The journalists were identified as veteran American reporter Marie Colvin, who works for The Sunday Times of Britain and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik”.
According to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, “This TRAGIC INCIDENT is another example of the SHAMELESS BRUTALITY of the Assad regime“.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy echoed this sentiment: “THAT’S ENOUGH NOW, the regime MUST GO“, but HOW? Again, this will surely require the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Colvin, who lost an eye to a grenade covering Sri Lanka’s civil war years ago, had given a harrowing telephone interview to BBC radio from Homs just days before her death. Describing the damage caused by a near-constant barrage of artillery from state security forces, Colvin recounted watching a TODDLER die after being wounded by shrapnel. Just Tuesday (February 21, 2012), Colvin spoke with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper by phone about the CHILD’s (this is a point of emphasis) death, saying “that BABY probably will move more people to think, ‘ What is going on and WHY IS NO ONE STOPPING THIS MURDER in Homs that is happening every day?'” Because they CAN’T. Bashar al-Assad WON’T leave voluntarily and a military invasion is infeasible/out of the question at this point, because that would put MORE lives at risk. This was a message of ANGER and FRUSTRATION.
“John Witherow, editor of The Sunday Times, said in a statement that Colvin “BELIEVED PROFOUNDLY that reporting COULD CURTAIL the excesses of brutal regimes and MAKE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TAKE NOTICE“. Unfortunately Colvin PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE for this “belief” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Opposition members said three other Western journalists were wounded in the shelling of the makeshift media center – French reporter Edith Bouvier and British photographers Paul Conroy and William Daniels”. “News of the journalists’ deaths comes on the heels of reports that a prominent Syrian opposition activist and video blogger, Rami al-Said, whose horrific images of the shelling in the Baba Amr have spread across social networks in recent weeks, was also killed in the shelling. Activists say at least 45 people were killed by the bombardment in Homs on Tuesday (February 21, 2012) alone”.
We are deeply saddened by the passings of Colvin, Ochlik and Said and we wish Edith Bouvier, Paul Conroy and William Daniels well and a speedy recovery. Once again, a ruthless dictator is targeting THE PRESS and ACTIVISTS.