Reaction to the deaths of journalists in Syria today. February 22, 2012
I just wrote a long blog about my reaction to the deaths of journalists Marie Colvin and Reni Olclik in Syria this morning. For some reason it was never saved on my site. Essentially I spoke about the importance of the work war journalists do and how we must listen to their stories. They won't let us forget the faces and the lives lost in war. They remind us of the horror when humans turn on each other because of race or religion or ethnicity. They uncover the truths dictators and governments want to hide. They remind us of the cost of our forgetfulness, our not caring, our complacency. I don't know what drives these men and women to face great dangers and risk their lives to make sure we hear and see these stories. I just know that I am grateful that they do.
The last story Marie Colvin posted before she died showed the death of a Syrian toddler killed by shrapnel blast. Marie was reporting from a town in Syria that has been under Syrian government attack for 18 days. When asked by Anderson Cooper about the government's assertion that they were attacking terrorists. Marie said that was a lie. The people being killed are cold and hungry civilians she said.
Marie's death today caused me to pay attention to what is happening in Syria, and ask my government and others why they aren't doing more to intervene before Syria kills more of its children and civilians.
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