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I certainly believe that his death could be manipulated for political purposes, on all sides.

The man is an icon. An icon is a perception somewhat disconnected from reality. And the role of martyr is differently interpreted in the West and East.

For the West, iconic martyrs are people like Kennedy and King, struck down, not in battle, but as 'innocents'. Those who die in battle are heroes, not maryrs.

But in the East, a martyr is more like a hero, submitting to fate.

Either one depends on the respective views of what follows death.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 09:33:45 AM EST

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