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Friday, August 20, 2004

Dead, But Still Useful 

Another Skimble scoop: Echoing remarks by the Iraqi national soccer team, the family of Daniel Pearl has asked Dick Cheney to stop utilizing the murdered journalist as a campaign prop:
"The family of Daniel Pearl respectfully requests that his legacy remains non-partisan," The Wall Street Journal reporter's relatives said in a statement responding to Cheney's comments.

"We would like him to be remembered for what he was in his life, a passionate American and humanist who rose above political, religious and cultural divisions," the family said.

Cheney used Pearl's name in Ohio last week as he derided Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's pledge to wage a "more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations." Kerry will face President George W. Bush, a Republican, in the November 2 election.

"A sensitive war will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans and who seek the chemical, nuclear and biological weapons to kill hundreds of thousands more," Cheney said. "The men who beheaded Daniel Pearl and Paul Johnson will not be impressed by our sensitivity."

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