Journalist Marie Colvin's Last Report Proves Her Death Wasn't in Vain (VIDEO)

journalist marie colvin last reportThe truly heartbreaking news out of Syria is that American war correspondent Marie Colvin was killed Wednesday -- along with French photojournalist Remi Ochlik -- in the Syrian city of Homs. Colvin was one of the only Western journalists who remained in the dangerous region covering the violent attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's regime against defenseless civilians that have been raging for weeks. According to reports, shells hit the house in which Colvin and other journalists were staying; they were hit by a rocket when they tried to escape.

To anyone familiar with Colvin's work, it's not at all surprising that this brave woman put herself in such danger in pursuit of a very important story. But it's the video of her last report that proves more than anything else that her death wasn't in vain.

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One of Colvin's colleagues and friends had this to say in tribute to the war correspondent:

We've come to expect that wherever something of consequence was happening, Marie would be there. Her signature was not just to go to a story, but to stay for as long as she could, regardless of the danger or discomfort ... she had both guts and glamor.

That is abundantly clear in the video below, in which Colvin tells Anderson Cooper about watching a baby die in the conflict. Colvin herself admits that even though it's both heartbreaking and hard to watch, it's imperative to our understanding of the atrocities that are going on in Syria at this very moment. (Warning: The video has contains graphic war images.)

Why risk her life to cover such a sad story? Nobody says it better than Colvin herself: to show an audience far removed from the conflict and comfortably ignorant (us) how horribly the situation in Syria is unfolding. There are few images more powerful than a dead baby, and, if that's what it takes to get the rest of the world to wake up and stop the murders that are going on in Syria, then Colvin would stop at nothing to get it. And she didn't just "get it" -- she covered the story while demonstrating a courage and compassion that will be an inspiration to war correspondents now and forever.

Her death is obviously tragic, but there's comfort in knowing it wasn't in vain and that Colvin died doing exactly what she set out to do.

 

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