Captain Humayun Khan (1976-2004) of the US Army is one of 14 Muslim American soldiers who have died in defence of the US since 9/11. He died in Baqubah, Iraq, a city north of Baghdad that Sunni jihadists were trying to take over under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda’s top man in Iraq.
On the morning of June 8th 2004, while his men were guarding the gates of the US Army base at Baqubah, an orange taxi drove up. Khan told his men to hit the ground as he walked toward the taxi. He took ten steps – and then the taxi blew up. He died, but by stopping it he saved hundreds of lives, not just his own men, but Iraqis too.
For dying in defence of America he won a Purple Heart. For saving so many lives he won a Bronze Star.
He was laid to rest with full military honours in Arlington Cemetary, where President John Kennedy is buried, across the river from Washington, DC.
Khan’s parents are from Pakistan. He was born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and came to America, to Silver Spring, Maryland, at age two.
On December 2nd 2015, two Muslim American jihadists killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Donald Trump, then running for president, called for:
“a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
On July 29th 2016, Captain Khan’s parents appeared before the Democratic National Convention. His father said:
We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams. Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.
Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America.’ If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.
Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.
Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution?
he pulls his copy of the Constitution out of his pocket and holds it up (pictured above):
I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’
Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America – you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.
Donald Trump avoided service in the Vietnam War with six draft deferments. None of his children have served in the military.
Fox News, the most nakedly Islamophobic news station on US television, cut away from the speech.
– Abagond, 2016.
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