It is easy to get caught up in your persona. Your image sometimes becomes more important than logic. When that happens you act irrationally. You have to wonder if that’s what happened in the case of Marie Colvin, the war correspondent who was killed February 22 in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
Colvin by all accounts was a fearless and admired reporter. She lost an eye covering hostilities in Sri Lanka. She found a way to interview the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. She had been in many tight spots. At age 56, she knew the score.
“We always have to ask ourselves whether the level of risk is worth the story,” she was quoted as saying in the New York Times this morning. “What is bravery and what is bravado?” Exactly.
I admit to a little anger with her death. I think of all the valuable stories she might have done, and I think of Homs who some regard as one of the most dangerous places on earth. Some say it compares only with the brutality in Chechnya. I hope she was not trying to live up to her reputation for bravery. The story of Homs needed to be revealed to the western world. But was this the right time? Apparently not. The risk is too high.