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Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 12:38 AM
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76. Here are Colin Powell's comments on this photo...
Edited on Mon Oct-20-08 12:39 AM by Cali_Democrat


""Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The
answer is no. That's not America. Is there something wrong with a
seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she could be
president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the
suggestion that he is a Muslim and might have an association with
terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

I feel particularly strong about this because of a picture I saw in
a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq
and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay,
was of a mother at Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the
headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could
see the writing on the headstone, and it gave his awards - Purple
Heart, Bronze Star - showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of
birth, date of death, he was 20 years old. And then at the very top of
the head stone, it didn't have a Christian cross. It didn't have a Star
of David. It has a crescent and star of the Islamic faith.
And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American.
He was born in New Jersey. He was fourteen years old at the time of
9/11, and he waited until he could serve his country and he gave his
life."
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