View Full Version : Tribute to Marie Colvin, Intrepid Reporter

2012-02-23, 11:04 AM
Yesterday, 56-year-old Marie Colvin, war correspondent for the Sunday Times, was killed by Syrian forces along with French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28.

Various links:
The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9099325/Marie-Colvin-Syria-regime-accused-of-murder-in-besieged-Homs.html)
The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/22/marie-colvin)
BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17127722)

I had never heard of her before her death, as I don't follow British news. Turns out she's a fascinating figure straight out of a pulp novel or action movie: a real-life Intrepid Reporter (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IntrepidReporter), made 142% more awesome by the distinctive Eyepatch of Power (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EyepatchOfPower) she's been wearing ever since losing an eye to shrapnel in Sri Lanka, in 2001.

The loss of her eye was not to stop her, however. She covered the Arab Spring and was there when Gaddafi (however the hell you spell it) fell. In Syria, when told that al-Assad's army had orders to kill journalists, she kept working tirelessly and reported how women and children were being butchered in Homs. Some will say she was reckless, but I'm sure she knew the risks and died doing what she loved.