Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan

The New York Times‘s news blog, The Lede, has a short bio on the young Muslim-American soldier mentioned by Colin Powell on Meet the Press this morning:

Mr. Powell mentioned Mr. Khan’s death to underscore why he was deeply troubled by Republican personal attacks on Mr. Obama, especially false intimations that he was Muslim.

Mr. Obama is a lifelong Christian, not a Muslim, he said. But, he added, “The really right answer is, what if he is?”

“Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country? No, that’s not America,” he said.

Mr. Khan’s death came to his attention, Mr. Powell said, when he saw a photo essay in a magazine about the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq. One picture showed a mother pressing her head against the gravestone of her fallen son in Arlington cemetery. It was the grave of 20-year-old Mr. Khan, engraved with his name, his military awards, and the Muslim symbol of the crescent and star.

“He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could go serve his country, and he gave his life,” Mr. Powell said. “Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way.”

One Response to “Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan”

  1. Anna Amato says:

    I am in total agreement with Colin Powell. I’ve waited since the time of George Wallace and Little Rock for an African-American president and almost that long for a woman. But when will it be time for a Jew or a Muslim? This is America and these are questions which should be moot!

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