The Killing of Daniel Pearl

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    This program is on HBO in our area tonight (10/16). You will have to check schedule in your own area.

    The Journalist and the Jihadi
    By Suzanne Fields, Washington Times
    October 12, 2006

    Daniel Pearl never wanted to be the story. Like all authentic journalists, he wanted to observe, to analyze, and tell the story to others. Nevertheless, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and beheaded by Islamist terrorists in Karachi and who would have celebrated his 43rd birthday this week, has become the symbol of what can happen when journalism meets jihad. HBO tells the story in a new documentary film, "The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl."

    The film tries to draw parallels between the reporter and Omar Sheikh, the jihadi who conspired in his murder, abundantly detailing the humanity and character of Daniel Pearl. But only scanty information is available about Omar Sheikh, how he was transformed from a man into a hating machine. This is instructive, too, contrasting the open society of America against the closed-minded culture of hate, fostered by Islamic fascists wherever they are.

    The film documents how the Islamists, miserable in their distorted faith, live off a culture of despair born of manufactured misery. Omar Sheikh was privileged. He was born and grew up with middle-class parents in London, attended the London School of Economics where he studied applied mathematics and economics, and played a good game of chess.

    "He was not an illiterate jihadi whose mind had been captured by the mullahs; he was a very bright, Oxford-material boy, overturning the notion that education is the solution to terrorism," says Ahmed A. Jamal, one of the two directors of the documentary. "In his case, he was a formidable terrorist precisely because he was so well-educated." Indeed, he had the wealth to support his alienation, the reasoning power to rationalize his resentments and the mind to accentuate the negative with cunning, converting his abilities into a perverse nihilism.

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