Not my picture - this is mirrored over from The New Yorker magazine. Original source file here:
I watched former Secretary of State Colin Powel's endorsement where he mentioned this photograph and decided to track it down. The headstone belongs to a 20 year old soldier who was killed by IEDs in Iraq.
Thank you Gen. Powell for addressing some of the disgusting fear mongering that's going on.
"I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim; he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?
Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America."
- General Colin Powell