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The Truth About War
on 6 June 2012
Marie Colvin was killed in Syria in February this year. Her death
represents a formidable loss to the profession to which she was so
deeply committed. Ms Colvin was a fine writer but more than this we
could always rely on the incisive nature of her reportage and her
deep sense of humanism in the face of man's inhumanity to man in
the many war zones around the globe into which she stepped fearlessly
so that we might know the reality about the horrific experiences of
those poor souls (civilians and soldiers alike) in the thick of it
on the ground. She never balked at staring evil squarely in the face.
'On The Front Line' will stand as a unimpeachable epitaph to one of
the finest war correspondents of her (or frankly any) generation. The
collected pieces span a wide arc between the Iran/Iraq war in the
late eighties; through the Gulf conflict and Kosovo in the nineties;
to her coverage of the Iraq debacle in the early noughties. Her insight
into more recent Middle Eastern upheavals is equally peerless. Throughout
one is struck by her eye for detail (however painful) and a profound
desire to communicate, in lucid prose, both her observations and emotions.
The truth about war was never so-well articulated. What a great woman she was.