In the WSJ today, Danny Pearl’s father notes with pride and sadness the sixth anniversary of
her his son’s brutal murder:
The shocking element in Danny’s murder was that he was killed, not for what he wrote or planned to write, but for what he represented — America, modernity, openness, pluralism, curiosity, dialogue, fairness, objectivity, freedom of inquiry, truth and respect for all people. In short, each and every one of us was targeted in Karachi in January of 2002…
It was through Danny’s face that people came to grasp the depth of cruelty and inhumanity into which this planet of ours has been allowed to sink in the past two decades. His murder proved that 9/11 was not an isolated event, and helped resurrect the age-old ideas of right and wrong, good and evil. Moral relativism died with Daniel Pearl in January 2002.
Ah, if only that last part was true…
Update: Title changed to more closely reflect reality. The persons responsible for improperly titling this post have been sacked.
Update 2: For no particular reason, this reminds me of a transcendental conversation -
Moral Relativist: There are no such things as absolutes!
Transcendentalist: Are you absolutely sure?