Lou Weinstein was a friend of my parents who owned a shoe store. I recall that he used to come to our house when I was a kid, bringing with him a pair of shoes or two as a courtesy for me to try on because my triple E size was nowhere to be found in shoe stores. The original home shopping network, I suppose. Lou & Rose had two kids, Warren and Gail, who followed in their parents’ magnanimous footsteps.
From a New York Times’ article about Warren last year:
“A veteran aid worker, Mr. Weinstein had spent more than 40 years traveling the world, serving in Africa and South Asia before settling in Pakistan, where his wife once wrote that he had sought to help strengthen the country’s dairy, agriculture and furniture industries.
A Fulbright scholar who earned his Ph.D. in international law and economics, Mr. Weinstein was proficient in seven languages. He served as a Peace Corps director in Ivory Coast and Togo. From 2004 until he was captured in 2011, he worked as an adviser for J.E. Austin Associates, a contractor for the United States Agency for International Development.”
A video released on December 26, 2013, two years after his capture by Al Qaeda, shows Warren appealing to President Obama to negotiate his release.
To no avail. On April 23, 2015, President Obama announced (see the 1:47 mark of the video below) that information confirmed Warren Weinstein was killed in a U.S. counter-terorism drone attack on the compound where he was being held.
Warren’s death was a terrible tragedy for his family, and for his country. His story is recapitulated in an article in today’s New York Times magazine. Could and should more have been done to save his life? If the shoe fits, wear it …
UPDATE 02/21/16 – 60 MINUTES had feature on Warren Weinstein tonight: