Having just posted yet more depressing news of our time — this one on Syria’s biological weapons program — it seems fitting to offer something genuinely uplifting as counterpoint. In case you have not already seen it, 60 Minutes earlier this month had a wonderful segment, heart-warming, inspiring and thoroughly worth watching; a tale of human character at its best. It’s the story of how an American banker, John Riordan, working in Saigon during the Vietnam War, risked his life in the days just before the 1975 fall of Saigon to smuggle 105 Vietnamese out of the country. For those he saved, and for Riordan himself, a story with a happy ending. Here’s the link.
In Gloomy Times, A Heart-Warming Story
By Claudia Rosett Oct 27, 2013 12:48 AM ET
For media inquiries, please contact [email protected] Claudia Rosett is widely recognized as a ground-breaking reporter on corruption at the United Nations. Her investigative reporting skills, drawn from three decades as a journalist covering international affairs, led her to expose the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, the worst financial fraud in the history of humanitarian relief. Ms. Rosett worked from 1984-2002 as a staff editorialist, editor and reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared before six U.S. House and Senate Committees and Subcommittees to testify on subjects including U.N.-related corruption and the Iran-North Korea strategic alliance. Her work on Oil-for-Food earned Claudia the 2005 Eric Breindel Award and the Mightier Pen award, and for her on-site coverage of China's Tiananmen Square in 1989, she won an Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence. She is a Foreign Policy Fellow with the Independent Women's Forum, and writes a column on foreign affairs for Forbes.com.