Comments on the Death of Daniel Pearl
St. Regis Hotel
Beijing, People's Republic of China
February 21, 2002
7:21 A.M. (L)
Laura and I, and the American people, are deeply saddened to learn about the
loss of Daniel Pearl's life. And we're really sad for his wife and his parents,
and his friends and colleagues, who have been clinging to hope for weeks that
he be found alive. We are especially sad for his unborn child, who will now
know his father only through the memory of others.
All Americans are sad and angry to learn of the murder. All around the world,
American journalists and humanitarian aid workers and diplomats and others do
important work in places that are sometimes dangerous. Those who would threaten
Americans, those who would engage in criminal, barbaric acts, need to know that
these crimes only hurt their cause and only deepen the resolve of the United
States of America to rid to world of these agents of terror.