Sunday, October 19, 2008

Photo Essay Affects Powell

The photo Powell mentioned has to be this image by Platon that ran in The New Yorker last month:

"I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afganistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was a mother in Arlington Cemetry, 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 headstone, it didn't have a Christian Cross. It didn't have a Star of David. It had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American."

Go to 4:45.


Noah Devereaux said...

For what it's worth, here's the photo

Anjali Pinto said...

I was thrilled when I heard this on TV.