Remembering Daniel Pearl
(Daniel Pearl (October 10, 1963 – February 22, 2002) was an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi, Pakistan. At the time of his kidnapping, Pearl had been investigating the case of Richard Reid the shoe bomber, and alleged links between Al Qaeda and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
In March 2007, at a closed military hearing in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed reportedly boasted that he had personally beheaded Pearl. A transcript of the hearing quotes Mohammed as saying: "I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan." Then he added, "for those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head.")
By Batya Dagan
trapped in the green was it there all this time
the light of his eye the heart of his life
to the altar he built because so commanded his God
that his veins are freezing
that his mouth is full of ashes
a voice sweeter that honey
clearer than a running brook
and the voice says to Abraham
my son my beloved the father of my nation
all I gave you you gave me
never will I try you again
when Daniel was bound
and there was no lamb in the thicket
only death was caught in the green.
and to this altar he was tied
and on this altar he was sacrificed
and all of Israel is mourning
the loss of Daniel
and gave his God all that God gave him.