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Why Did Daniel Pearl Die?
The New York Observer's Ron Rosenbaum speculates on Bernard-Henri Lvy's speculations.

Posted by aalkon at September 13, 2003 1:48 PM

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Judea Pearl, a science theorist at UCLA who authored the book "Causality," is Daniel Pearl's father. Obviously, he's qualified to assess the available evidence on his son's death, and the kinds of inferences one can convincingly make with it. And he thinks Levy's argument is unsupportable.

Posted by: Lena Cuisina at September 13, 2003 2:59 PM

I think that's probably true. Unfortunately, Levy's underlying theory about how the world will end probably is true also.

Posted by: Jeff at September 13, 2003 3:48 PM

It's almost unbelievable how comfortably Mssr. Levy plays around with the facts, until you remember that he's from the land that brought us Lacan, Derrida, et al.

Posted by: Lena Cuisina at September 13, 2003 7:29 PM

Lena, I like you.

Posted by: cridland at September 13, 2003 10:57 PM

I agree that is is symbolic but making 9-11 sound like its ought to be prehistoric sound a bit hysterical. Sure, it is a tragedy that Daniel Pearl was killed and left behind his pregnant widow, but in terms of proportion, one death to the amount of victims of 9-11 is a bit much. Daniel Pearl is more of a household name than all those anonymous victims of 9-11 that were only known by their few friends and family members. Pearl had vulnerabilities when he was covering the middle east: He was a Jewish journalist. His killlers and other terrorists despise his kind and therefore killed him. Daniel Pearl died of hate and bigotry. His killers would've killed anyone and didn't kill him personally. In their indifference, he is the same to them like any other American Jew of journalist. To us Pearl is an American hero, but sadly to them he is just another victim to their regime.

Posted by: Cecile at September 14, 2003 8:49 AM

"Daniel Pearl is more of a household name than all those anonymous victims of 9-11 that were only known by their few friends and family members."

This reminded me of something Bush said about the 9/11 victims: "Everyone who died that day was the most important person in the world to someone else." Of course, this is how it is all the time, not just on 9/11. But it seemed very sweet (I wonder who wrote it for him... probably not David Frum).

Posted by: Lena Cuisina at September 14, 2003 3:50 PM

This reminded me of something Bush said about the 9/11 victims: "Everyone who died that day was the most important person in the world to someone else." Of course, this is how it is all the time, not just on 9/11. But it seemed very sweet (I wonder who wrote it for him... probably not David Frum).

It might be sweet but it's not at all true. I seriously doubt that each and every one of the near 3000 who died that day "was the most important person in the world to someone else." This isn't to say that they weren't all important to someone else, but THE most important? It is so unrealistic to realize that a single, non-dating person might not be anyone's most important? Not to say that they wouldn't be at all important, just not THE most important.

Posted by: Patrick at September 15, 2003 8:47 AM

oh, whatever. I think you have something stuck between your... teeth.. this morning, Patrick.

Posted by: Lena Cuisina at September 15, 2003 10:36 AM

I disagree. Why would you have to be dating to be someones most important? Romance doesn't affect every little thing.

Posted by: Riboflavin at September 20, 2003 2:55 PM