Saturday, February 23, 2002
U.S. and Pakistani officials are vowing to bring the murderers of Wall Street Journal reporter to justice. Unfortunately, unless Pakistani law is changed, the respite from this sort of terror will be short.
The alleged ringleader of the Pearl kidnapping and murder is Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. Sheikh was in jail once before, in India, but was freed as part of a deal with terrorists. Some of Sheikh's supporters hijacked an Indian Air plane back in 1999, and demanded his freedom.
The solution to preventing a replay of this 1999 event is to make sure there is no Sheikh around for hijackers to demand freedom for. Unfortunately, Pakistani law only allows for the death penalty for murderers of Muslims. If you're a Christian, Jew, or Hindu and are murdered in Pakistan, the most your killer can get is some jail time.
The murderers of Daniel Pearl shouldn't be contaminating the Earth for much longer. Jail is too good for them.