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Kidnapped WSJ reporter a friend of Muslims
UPI | 2/01/02 | SHAHID IQBAL

Posted on 02/01/2002 12:15:46 AM PST by kattracks

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 01, 2002 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was a friend of Arabs and Muslims and often supported their cause, says a former editor of the Asian edition of the newspaper.

"You have got the wrong guy," said Kenneth Neil Cukier, in an article published in Pakistani newspapers on Friday. "Freeing him unharmed is in your interest."

Appealing for his release, Pearl's former boss said "the Arab and Muslim world has no greater in American media than Danny Pearl."

The 38-year reporter is newspaper's bureau chief in Bombay, India, but had moved to Karachi, Pakistan, temporarily after the Sept. 11 attacks to report on the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

"In his reporting, he's uncovered cases where U.S. foreign policy and military intervention has been misguided, with terrible consequences on the lives of people. Rather than being a spy, as he is wrongly accused of by his captors, Pearl's reporting at times has cast the U.S. in a negative light," Cukier wrote.

"In a series of major front-page articles in 1998 Pearl ... suggested that the U.S. bombing of a factory in Sudan that the U.S. claimed made chemical weapons was unfounded. Evidence that Pearl discovered suggested the plant made pharmaceutical drugs, and that America had acted wrongly."

Cukier described it as "ironic" that would be considered a CIA spy because "his work was critical of U.S. actions, not congratulatory."

He said Pearl was kidnapped last week from Karachi while "seeking to interview leaders of Islamic groups -- trying to publicize the views of the Muslim world."

His captors, a group called "The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty," boasts that he is being treated inhumanely, to protest the conditions of around 150 Taliban and al Qaida prisoners detained by the U.S. in Cuba.

The U.S. government considers them "unlawful combatants" rather than "prisoners of war," which would give them certain rights under the Geneva Convention.

But by kidnapping Pearl, Cukier said, the group undermines its own objective as it would bring negative publicity and damage their cause.

"Pearl's reporting gave publicity to the perspectives of groups like The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty. Now, the group, and their complaint, looks illegitimate," said Cukier.

"Pearl revealed cases of U.S. errors and the issues facing the Middle East not because he has a grudge or self-interest, but because he is objective and wishes to tell stories that need to be told. He is not a spy, but a neutral observer seeking to reveal the truth."

Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities have taken the father of one of the suspects, Mohammed Hashim, into custody.

He told authorities that his son couldn't have been involved, because he had already been killed in Afghanistan when he was to arrange a meeting with Pearl. Police say they are investigating his claims.

Also, Mubarak Gilani, head of Jamaatul Fugra, has turned himself into authorities. He said he had no role in Pearl's disappearance and that is group was not a terrorist group, but a religious organization.

By SHAHID IQBAL

Copyright 2002 by United Press International.



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: muslimworld; pearl; wsj
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To: kattracks
Danny Pearl must be Jewish with that name. He's in deep s**t.
2 posted on 02/01/2002 12:19:23 AM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw
He is. They think, therefore, that he is in Mossad.
3 posted on 02/01/2002 12:21:01 AM PST by College Repub
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To: kattracks
Too bad it wasn't Robert Fiske or Noam Chomsky. Whatever virtues their "Islamic brethern" may have, gratitude sure ain't one of them.
4 posted on 02/01/2002 12:21:10 AM PST by Rubber Duckie
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To: kattracks
Muslims are not terrorists. It is a mutually exclusive concept .. similar to [New-wave Bush Bombers saving America] capitalists and those that believe in laizzez-faire [Libertarians].
5 posted on 02/01/2002 12:22:44 AM PST by Buckeroo
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To: Buckeroo
Muslims are not terrorists.

That's worth repeating. Terrorists are terrorists, and they can come from any religion,culture,nationality.

Civilians most certainly are not.

6 posted on 02/01/2002 12:26:57 AM PST by bluester
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To: Buckeroo
I forgot to identify myself as a *BIG* Libertarian. My terms are non-negotiable through simple debate within a government body or about it. My terms are absolute! Freedom, independence from government is all about our government as a function of our mutually agreed upon Constituion and Bill of Rights!
7 posted on 02/01/2002 12:29:48 AM PST by Buckeroo
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To: Buckeroo
Stay on topic, or don't post. Your self aggrandizing ( only imagined ) , pompous screed , is just boring.
9 posted on 02/01/2002 12:35:03 AM PST by nopardons
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To: kattracks
Daniel Pearl's politics are not the issue. His abduction would be an outrage whether he was Liberal or Conservative, Commie or otherwise. While I hope that his sympathies for Muslim win him some slack, I doubt it will help. Islamic radicals are not like you and me. They don't mow the lawn on Saturdays and the photo of your wife in your wallet means exactly nothing to them.

I once flew into Jolo with a doctor from the Medecins Sans Frontieres who was totally convinced that his liberal politics would protect him from being kidnapped by the Islamic rebels. He was taken four hours after he landed.

They were like nothing he had imagined. They drank. Watched porno movies, especially the sadistic ones. They had the intelligence of cockroaches. What they had, in abundance, was an illiterate kind of hatred, envy and resentment of the Westerner. What he lacked was moxie, and the ability to suspect that the picture his friends had painted of the oppressed Islamist was not all it was cracked up to be.
10 posted on 02/01/2002 12:36:48 AM PST by wretchard
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To: Buckeroo
Muslims are not terrorists. It is a mutually exclusive concept

The Holey Koran, Somewhere in the Middle:

Surah 3 Line 151: We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust.
You were saying?
11 posted on 02/01/2002 12:40:17 AM PST by xm177e2
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To: kattracks
A true Muslim has no non-Muslim Friends....See the Koran.
12 posted on 02/01/2002 12:43:33 AM PST by BnBlFlag
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To: BnBlFlag
A true Muslim has no non-Muslim Friends....See the Koran.

That depends on what you consider a "true Muslim". Muslims can have non-Muslim friends and do have, and the reality can prove that. No need to make speculations and generalize.

14 posted on 02/01/2002 12:53:52 AM PST by bluester
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To: nopardons
Let's just say, that at the end of the day, nopardons, I won't let YOU create frivolity about our Bill of Rights. Let's just say, that you have made a friend; one that cares about your well being within America.
15 posted on 02/01/2002 12:54:56 AM PST by Buckeroo
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To: xm177e2
I am not a man of religion; I am just a simple engineer. But I recall phrases within the Christian Bible of equal or greater magnitude. Since I am not the religious scholar that you are, maybe you can look up the passages that I am talking about.
16 posted on 02/01/2002 12:58:57 AM PST by Buckeroo
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To: kattracks
I hope Pearl makes it out of this alive and I hope he learns from this experience. As he is a journalist it comes as absolutely no surprise whatsoever that he has more sympathy/empathy and support for the Moslems than he does for his own nation.
17 posted on 02/01/2002 1:17:56 AM PST by waxhaw
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To: wretchard
They were like nothing he had imagined. They drank. Watched porno movies, especially the sadistic ones. They had the intelligence of cockroaches. What they had, in abundance, was an illiterate kind of hatred, envy and resentment of the Westerner.

Bravo for your post. Too many Americans do not get it. Having spent time on the border of Chechnya, I have a serious opinion about these people. They are completely evil and couldn't care less about the politics of their abducted victims, nor the age for that matter.
Where is Jolo, btw?

18 posted on 02/01/2002 1:43:42 AM PST by MarMema
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To: waxhaw
I hope Pearl makes it out of this alive and I hope he learns from this experience

I hope he hasn't decided to use the turmoil in that area for a "Promote Pearl" story.

Lottsa TV exposure and book deals in being captured; even if it's by a group nobody ever heard of and that has access to all the right email addresses.

Hmmmm

19 posted on 02/01/2002 2:17:28 AM PST by leadhead
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To: nopardons
So, you think we did the right thing when we bombed the aspirin factory in Sudan? Something wrong with Pearl pointing out the fallacy of clinton/albright declaring the place a chemical weapons plant? Read and think.....read and think.....read and think.....
20 posted on 02/01/2002 3:59:20 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: dennisw
The kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was a friend of Arabs and Muslims and often supported their cause, says a former editor of the Asian edition of the newspaper.

If this is true then it's no loss if they kill him.

21 posted on 02/01/2002 4:01:18 AM PST by BenF
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To: bluester
"Muslims are not terrorists. That's worth repeating. Terrorists are terrorists, and they can come from any religion,culture,nationality. " Right. It's just one of those freak amazing co-incidences that all the hijackers were Muslims, that Richard Reid is Muslim, that the Palestinian suicide bombers are Muslim.....
22 posted on 02/01/2002 4:19:13 AM PST by regularAmericanWhiteMale
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To: kattracks
Gotta to agree with Pearl on at least one matter - the bombings of a pharmaceutical plant by Clinton was a black eye to the US (along with just about everything else the Clinton Administration did)

Pearls politics aside, he is an American and a civilian, if these terrorists need to be found and killed for the benefit of all. Anyone who targets civilians (Clinton included) should face the same fate.

And before anyone starts slamming me for the above paragraph, I'm NOT talking about civilians who are killed during proper military strikes, rather I'm talking about terrorists who target civilians specifically.

23 posted on 02/01/2002 4:23:42 AM PST by Brytani
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To: regularAmericanWhiteMale
....and that's it? No other forms of terrorism? No Timothy Mcveigh, no IRA, no ETA?
24 posted on 02/01/2002 4:31:47 AM PST by bluester
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To: kattracks
I am hoping this article is just a ruse to convince his kidnappers to release him, and not a true evaluation of his sentiments.
25 posted on 02/01/2002 4:34:38 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: bluester
Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. Around the world you will find the Muslims are with the terrorists.
26 posted on 02/01/2002 4:36:09 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: Buckeroo;xm177e2
Since I am not the religious scholar that you are, maybe you can look up the passages that I am talking about.

I'm not religious either, but I'll take a stab at it:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...
Love thy neighbor...
Turn the other cheek...

Am I gettin' warm?

27 posted on 02/01/2002 4:49:22 AM PST by randog
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To: ValerieUSA
Valerie, I wasn't talking about tolerating terrorism or siding with anyone. I just said there were other terrorist groups around the world as well.

As for Muslims, should I be careful whenever I buy fruits and vegetables at the local store where the Albanians sell it? :)

28 posted on 02/01/2002 4:56:54 AM PST by bluester
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To: Buckeroo
Care to list the quotes you just mentioned.
29 posted on 02/01/2002 5:00:10 AM PST by Jimmyclyde
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To: kattracks
Appealing for his release, Pearl's former boss said "the Arab and Muslim world has no greater in American media than Danny Pearl."

I know they are desparate. Negoitiating with terrorists (groveling) by promising to be their friends is not profitable. Responding with overwhelming force is a better strategy for the greater good. I ask the LORD God of Israel to intervene and spare the life of Daniel Pearl.

30 posted on 02/01/2002 5:04:44 AM PST by a_witness
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To: BenF
If this is true then it's no loss if they kill him.

Shame on you. Of course it is a loss, and his wife is pregnant. He is not a terrorist and he is an American, albeit misguided in his politics.

31 posted on 02/01/2002 5:08:26 AM PST by a_witness
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To: nopardons
Now, I hope that they DO kill him.

You are calling for the death of an American citizen at the hands of Islamic terrorists. What does that make you ?

32 posted on 02/01/2002 5:10:56 AM PST by a_witness
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To: kattracks
"Hope he learns to choose his friends more wisely. If they don't kill him."

A couple of his WSJ family have been interviewed on 'Fox'; saying in their 'inadvertant Liberalese'; the same thing. . .

I hope as well, he survives his 'enlightenment'.

On the other hand, he could return, more committed. . .

33 posted on 02/01/2002 5:21:40 AM PST by cricket
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To: xm177e2
[Surah 3 Line 151: We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust - You were saying?]

'terrorist' reality bump. . .

34 posted on 02/01/2002 5:27:54 AM PST by cricket
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To: kattracks
I too pray that Pearl makes it out alive, but if this article is true, I hope he "sees the light" about Muslim fanaticism as a consequence of his experience.
35 posted on 02/01/2002 5:29:48 AM PST by ikanakattara
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To: kattracks

Reminds of my teaching days in the inner city of Detroit where I worked with guilt-ridden Jews, communists, and leftists of all sorts who always had a kind word for black rapists, killers, junkies and other assorted filth.

Their excuse making and pardoning was enough to make you retch, until one day, while they were leaving school they were robbed and beaten, or had their car stolen or broken into, or were raped.

All of a sudden their bleeding liberal hearts changed.

All depends on whose OX is being gored!!!!!!!!!!!

36 posted on 02/01/2002 5:31:46 AM PST by Doc Savage
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To: Jimmyclyde; Buckeroo; randog; xm177e2
Exodus 23:27 -- "I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run."

Proverbs 21:15 -- "When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers."

I Samiel 15:2-3 -- "This is what the LORD Almighty says: `I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'"

37 posted on 02/01/2002 5:42:22 AM PST by Sloth
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To: Buckeroo
But I recall phrases within the Christian Bible of equal or greater magnitude

You don't have to be a scholar to look up your alleged quotes.

Here. Bible Gateway search engine

Very easy to use, eleven different translations, word and passage search, nineteen different languages, including English and Arabic. Let's see the passages where Christians strike terror into the hearts of unbelievers.

Cordially,

38 posted on 02/01/2002 5:52:08 AM PST by Diamond
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To: Sloth
Got any of those Amalekites passages for Christians?

Cordially,

39 posted on 02/01/2002 5:55:38 AM PST by Diamond
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To: Diamond
Got any of those Amalekites passages for Christians?

Oh, I get it. The JEWS are terrorists. That'll go over great around here.

40 posted on 02/01/2002 5:57:27 AM PST by Sloth
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To: OldFriend
So, you think we did the right thing when we bombed the aspirin factory in Sudan? Something wrong with Pearl pointing out the fallacy of clinton/albright declaring the place a chemical weapons plant? Read and think.....read and think.....read and think.....

Thank you, OldFriend, you beat me to it. Did these folks NOT READ the article? Daniel Pearl's complaints about the abuses of US Foreign Policy are the same ones WE registered about x42's overseas forays. His foreign policy was all about saving his sorry white rear end; he would launch missles to deflect news coverage of his fun with Monica or his money grubbing.

What is interesting is the timing of this; these articles don't reflect Pearl's animosity toward the US as much as the fact he hated the abuse of our foreign policies. This article may be a way to entice these folks into letting him go by convincing them he's on their side when he actually may not be.

41 posted on 02/01/2002 6:12:26 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Sloth
To transpose the commands of God for ancient Israel into the present is to completely rip them out of historical context. Please DO NOT put words in my mouth that "the JEWS are terrorists".

Cordially,

42 posted on 02/01/2002 6:21:29 AM PST by Diamond
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To: Sloth
Thanks for the scriptural history lesson.

How about some passages advising contemporary christians on how to conduct their lives? Something relevent today?

43 posted on 02/01/2002 6:28:02 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Diamond
To transpose the commands of God for ancient Israel into the present is to completely rip them out of historical context.

That is exactly correct. To use such passages to paint Christians (or Jews) as violent or terroristic is a complete misapplication of them. But why am I not seeing any desire to treat the Koran similarly? Why is context relevant in interpreting the Bible but not in the Koran? It's meaningless to pick out individual verses and try to build a case on them if no attempt is made to show that they are representative of the overall theme. If we Christians do not want people to twist or abuse the Bible, we should reciprocate by being honest in our approach to others' beliefs.

44 posted on 02/01/2002 6:37:59 AM PST by Sloth
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To: kattracks
...proving once again that no good deed goes unpunished.
45 posted on 02/01/2002 6:43:58 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: kattracks
"his work was critical of U.S. actions, not congragulatory."

"I was only kidding Mr. Rumsfeld, now can we get a little help down here Mr. Rumsfeld? Mr. Rumsfeld are you listening? I'm running out of time down here Mr. Rumsfeld! Hurry! Mr. Rumsfeld?...WAAA HAAA WAAA...

46 posted on 02/01/2002 6:48:35 AM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: bluester
....and that's it? No other forms of terrorism? No Timothy Mcveigh, no IRA, no ETA?"

None of these perpetrates terror in the name of religion. Not even the IRA, as some would like to point out. If it were, Catholics universally would be taking up the struggle against Britain!

47 posted on 02/01/2002 6:56:54 AM PST by mikeIII
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To: Sloth
So then we would agree that context determines meaning, and that a text without a context is a pretext. I would only say that it is present day Islamists themselves that interpret such passages of the Koran as their instruction manual. There are probably hundreds of thousand, if not millions of Moslems who interpret such passages strictly and very literally. So why is context relevant in interpreting the Bible but not in the Koran? Ask the violent Islamist that question. (But stay far enough away from him when you ask that he cannot kidnap or kill you.)

Cordially,

48 posted on 02/01/2002 7:00:42 AM PST by Diamond
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To: Sloth
we should reciprocate by being honest in our approach to others' beliefs.

Precisely, now why do Islamic states support terrorism ? Is the Islam they preach and practice a cause or simply a contributing factor ?

49 posted on 02/01/2002 7:01:24 AM PST by a_witness
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To: a_witness
Shame on you.

Hmmmm....you're right, I suppose. My apologies for my insensitivity and lack of humanity for this person....despite his alleged lack of fundamental human decency. I shouldn't have sunk to his level.

50 posted on 02/01/2002 7:01:59 AM PST by BenF
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