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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 22, 2002

President Comments on Death of Daniel Pearl
Remarks by the President on Confirmation of the Death of Daniel Pearl
St. Regis Hotel
Beijing, People's Republic of China

7:21 A.M. (Local)

PRESIDENT BUSH:  Laura and I, and the American people, are deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Daniel Pearl's life.  And we're really sad for his wife and his parents, and his friends and colleagues, who have been clinging to hope for weeks that he be found alive.  We are especially sad for his unborn child, who will now know his father only through the memory of others.

All Americans are sad and angry to learn of the murder.  All around the world, American journalists and humanitarian aid workers and diplomats and others do important work in places that are sometimes dangerous.  Those who would threaten Americans, those who would engage in criminal, barbaric acts, need to know that these crimes only hurt their cause and only deepen the resolve of the United States of America to rid to world of these agents of terror.

May God bless Daniel Pearl.

END  7:23 A.M. (Local)

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