During a recent visit to San Diego, I had the opportunity to read a copy of the MP Military Press Newspaper , Volume 27, Issue 10, Aug. 15, 2004. One brief article in particular caught my attention, and I would like to share it with the Payson Roundup readers.
IRAQI ARTIST FORGES STATUE IN RESPONSE TO FEELING GRATEFUL FOR THE LIBERATION OF HIS COUNTRY
This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry Division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.
The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad.
Kalat was so grateful for the American liberation of his country: he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors. Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months.
To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.
Do you know why we don't hear about this in the news? Because it is heart warming and praise worthy. The media avoids it because it does not have the shock effect that a flashed breast or controversy of politics does. But we can do something about it. We can pass this along to as many people as we can in honor of all serving in our brave military and making a difference.
The above article and picture was very meaningful to me, and I had a sincere appreciation for the message it communicated. Although there will always be controversy when our country is participating in a global conflict, as an Army veteran, I share the frustration of those that are charged with maintaining our freedom.
All of us have personal feelings about whether we should be in Iraq or not. However, for those that truly understand the meaning of Freedom and Democracy and the inherent responsibilities that they entail,
there is a keen sense of pride in the message communicated within the above article. It far overshadows the highly visible flap that we see all too often by those that demonstrate against almost any cause, based upon personal emotions or attention. They have the right to do that, but all too often it appears to be done without any sense of responsibility, and frequently without any real sense of understanding of the situation.
Our men and women that are serving in the armed forces deserve the utmost support that we can provide for them.
To me, this artist has captured the feeling of the moment, and it represents how deeply the artist appreciates the new found freedoms to which the people of Iraq are adjusting. What a pity that our news media generally opts for those aspects of the war that they view to be selling points for their particular media. Most all of us understand the hurt of war. To me, I would much rather learn about the beneficial impact of the new found freedoms, rather than what some radical is demonstrating for, without any sense of responsibility for the freedoms we all enjoy.
Thank you for sharing the above article with your readers.
(Editor's note: The article and photo that inspired Hoyt Kenmore's letter are reprinted with permission of the Military Press Newspaper, Colleen Mata, editor and chief.)