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Ultra Peanut
10-20-2008, 08:07 PM
Colin Powell alluded to this story, and I thought I'd share it.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/krkhan.htm

http://i34.tinypic.com/11gra6u.jpg

When it came to a post-high school career decision, there was nothing Kareem R. Khan wanted to do other than join the Army.

Spurred by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Khan, a 2005 graduate of Southern Regional High School, wanted to show that not all Muslims were fanatics and that many, like him, were willing to lay their lives down for their country, America. He enlisted immediately after graduation and was sent to Iraq in July 2006.

So when his father, Feroze "Roy" Khan, saw three soldiers walking up to his door on Monday, he knew what it meant.

Specialist Kareem Khan, 20, was killed with four others earlier this week when a blast destroyed a house he and members of his division, the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, were clearing in Baqouba, Iraq.

An interpreter and 12 soldiers were also injured in the explosion, the Army said.

"It's something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy," Feroze Khan, 49, said Thursday night at his home in the Ocean Acres section of Manahawkin.

Khan's faith in Islam is important now to his father and stepmother, Nisha Khan, because they want to make sure people in America know that Muslims like Kareem were willing to fight for their country.

"His Muslim faith did not make him not want to go. It never stopped him," said Feroze Khan. "He looked at it that he's American and he has a job to do."

The last package Nisha Khan, 40, sent her stepson included a necklace that had Kareem's name in Arabic, next to the word "Bismillah," which means praise to Allah.

In the Islamic tradition, last rites must be within a few days of death. Khan's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is scheduled Thursday. The family will perform traditional Islamic rites at home and have a full military burial.

"Hopefully Allah will understand," said Nisha Khan.

Though his father "spoiled him rotten," according to both his dad and stepmom, Kareem was always a polite teenager, who respected his elders.

"For a teenager, he was a very obedient child," said Nisha Khan.

Feroze Khan's favorite memory is when Kareem used to wake up at 5 a.m. on weekends to accompany his dad at work at a local marina.

"Not many kids would get up at 5 a.m.," he said.

Khan was a football fan, rooting with his father for the Dallas Cowboys when games were televised. He also used to challenge his little stepsister Aliya, 11, to video games.

"He's really funny," said Aliya. "We used to play video games and sometimes we would play with my birds."

Nisha Khan said the two would spend hours sprawled out on the living room floor and sometimes Kareem would try to show Aliya how to do certain moves, and ended up taking over the controller.

Aliya said she looked up to her stepbrother and she was "really happy," when he came with her to class at Southern Regional Intermediate School during his leave last September. Afterward he accompanied her to the school book fair.

"I was proud," she said.

Kareem was a "total goofball," said Feroze Khan. The family used to send two large bags of Starburst candies in his care packages, because Kareem would pick out all the orange ones and leave the rest for his Army buddies.

He was also a big fan of the Disney World theme parks, as was the entire family. They would take at least one trip a year to Orlando, Florida, and the living room and dining room of the family's split-level home is filled with souvenirs from those trips, like a wall hanging of Cinderella, figurines of Mickey Mouse and Disney-themed snow globes.

Kareem was so crazy about Disney World that when he had a two-day leave following his graduation from Fort Benning, Georgia, the family immediately drove to Florida.

As a freshman at Southern Regional High School, Kareem enrolled in the district's Air Force Junior ROTC program. During his one year in the program, he proved to be a solid student and citizen, said Col. Michael Mestemaker.

"He was a good kid. He did whatever we asked of him," he said.

Stafford Mayor Carl Block said his "heart goes out to the family. We have been very pro-veteran in the past, and we'll surely follow this up immediately" by planning an official memorial for Khan.

Representative Jim Saxton, R-New Jersey, received word of Khan's death through Army officials on Thursday. "I express my deepest regrets for the family of Specialist Khan. His service to the Army and the 2nd Infantry Division is truly honorable. It's a sad loss for us all," he said.

Khan went to Iraq after spending a year at Fort Lewis in Seattle. He came home for two weeks in September 2006 and was supposed to be home permanently last month, but his tour was extended through the end of September 2007.

He was considering re-enlisting or going to medical school. He worked with a medic unit when he first got to Iraq, Feroze Khan said, and liked what they did.

When he came home to visit, he was happy to stay at home, even asking his mother, who lives in Maryland, to come up to New Jersey to visit.

"He has so much promise, he could've done anything with himself," said Joe Hawk, 42, of Bayville, who Feroze Khan described as a very special friend of the family.

Hawk said he saw Kareem grow from a little 10-year-old boy into a man.

"When he joined, his dad was devastated," said Hawk, "but I told him you can't fault him for that. His father raised him to give, and he gave his life."

Nisha Khan said seeing the soldier come to tell of Kareem's death was like nothing she's ever experienced.

"You see it in the movies, but you wouldn't know the emptiness of seeing them in your driveway," she said. In her grief, she blindly hit out at those bringing the news, she said. "He promised me he'd come home," she said, as Aliya held her mother close to comfort her.

"His dad is devastated," said Hawk. "Kareem was his life. A father shouldn't bury his child."

The most important thing to know, Nisha Khan said, is that Kareem lived up to the meaning of his name.

"Most excellent," she said.

Adept Havelock
10-20-2008, 08:40 PM
Thanks for the post, UP.

RIP Cpl. Khan.

Donger
10-20-2008, 08:42 PM
That's an interesting picture. Is that his mother?

noa
10-20-2008, 10:19 PM
That's an interesting picture. Is that his mother?

Yeah, that's his mom. The picture comes from this photo spread.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/09/29/slideshow_080929_platon?viewall=true#showHeader

Moving stuff.

Frankie
10-20-2008, 10:25 PM
That's an interesting picture. Is that his mother?

If you are raising doubts about the authenticity of the photo, I'd say a flash picture outdoors at night can be very dramatic. This may have been enhanced a bit though. Still I see no reason to doubt the pic.

Programmer
10-21-2008, 10:24 AM
If you are raising doubts about the authenticity of the photo, I'd say a flash picture outdoors at night can be very dramatic. This may have been enhanced a bit though. Still I see no reason to doubt the pic.

How on God's green earth did you come up with that interpretation of the comment?

It's an interestng picture is all he said.

Have you ever lost a family member? Each person handles loss in a different way, this guys mom obviously needed to feel close to her son. Nothing more, nothing less.

Frankie
10-21-2008, 12:41 PM
How on God's green earth did you come up with that interpretation of the comment?

It's an interestng picture is all he said.

Have you ever lost a family member? Each person handles loss in a different way, this guys mom obviously needed to feel close to her son. Nothing more, nothing less.

What part of the word IF did you not understand in my post? Donger has a history of questioning things like that. That's not a bad thing. Neither is questioning this picture. I just addressed that tendency and qualified it with the word "if."

Programmer
10-21-2008, 01:25 PM
What part of the word IF did you not understand in my post? Donger has a history of questioning things like that. That's not a bad thing. Neither is questioning this picture. I just addressed that tendency and qualified it with the word "if."

It doesn't matter, your basic premise was clear that you felt he was saying it was fake. I fully understand what the word IF is all about, I question your frame of mind having to bring up something that wasn't even close to reality.

Frankie
10-21-2008, 02:08 PM
It doesn't matter, your basic premise was clear that you felt he was saying it was fake. I fully understand what the word IF is all about, I question your frame of mind having to bring up something that wasn't even close to reality.ROFL

Frankie
10-21-2008, 02:10 PM
It doesn't matter, your basic premise was clear that you felt he was saying it was fake. I fully understand what the word IF is all about, I question your frame of mind having to bring up something that wasn't even close to reality.

Have you noticed Donger himself has not objected. He understood my post. You, on the other hand listened to the voices in your head,.....AGAIN!

Programmer
10-21-2008, 02:13 PM
Have you noticed Donger himself has not objected. He understood my post. You, on the other hand listened to the
voices in your head,.....AGAIN!

My God the hatred in your heart is tremendous. I think you need professional help to get over it. I hear they have some good doctors in Iran, go home and see one.

Frankie
10-21-2008, 02:18 PM
My God the hatred in your heart is tremendous. I think you need professional help to get over it. I hear they have some good doctors in Iran, go home and see one.

Haven't you played these cards like 9,000 times already? I know your brain thinks it's the first time every time. Don't task your brain, but if you have nothing new don't post,.... and don't PM.

InChiefsHell
10-21-2008, 02:27 PM
If you are raising doubts about the authenticity of the photo, I'd say a flash picture outdoors at night can be very dramatic. This may have been enhanced a bit though. Still I see no reason to doubt the pic.

I myself am sure that it's authentic. Frankly, it's a little weird to do a photo spread for a magazine at your son's grave site, but that's just me. As they say, people deal with their grief differently. Just seems a bit...stage-y to me. I don't think I'd do that, but I'm not this lady either.

Programmer
10-21-2008, 04:04 PM
Haven't you played these cards like 9,000 times already? I know your brain thinks it's the first time every time. Don't task your brain, but if you have nothing new don't post,.... and don't PM.

It's not just me, quite a few people see the hatred in your posts. I think your arrogance outweighs your ability to realize that you are a hateful asshole. There are a few people you only respond to with that hate. Get over it already, and don't send any more of your ugly comments via PM's.

NewChief
10-21-2008, 04:09 PM
Yeah, that's his mom. The picture comes from this photo spread.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/09/29/slideshow_080929_platon?viewall=true#showHeader

Moving stuff.

Those are pretty amazine pics, though some do seem like they've been masked in photoshop.

Donger
10-21-2008, 04:38 PM
Yeah, that's his mom. The picture comes from this photo spread.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/09/29/slideshow_080929_platon?viewall=true#showHeader

Moving stuff.

I see.

vailpass
10-21-2008, 04:39 PM
BFD. The question is how can we kill as many Iranian terrorists as possible while Frankie is still alive to see it?

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-21-2008, 04:40 PM
BFD. The question is how can we kill as many Iranian terrorists as possible while Frankie is still alive to see it?

What the fuck is the matter with you?

Donger
10-21-2008, 04:40 PM
If you are raising doubts about the authenticity of the photo, I'd say a flash picture outdoors at night can be very dramatic. This may have been enhanced a bit though. Still I see no reason to doubt the pic.

Raising doubts about the authenticity? No, I don't doubt that it's authentic.

It's a little odd, IMO, but that's okay.

vailpass
10-21-2008, 04:41 PM
What the **** is the matter with you?

What is wrong with killing terrorists? Why wouldn't Frankie want to see terrorists killed?

Toughen up junior or go eat at the kid's table.

NewChief
10-21-2008, 04:44 PM
Raising doubts about the authenticity? No, I don't doubt that it's authentic.

It's a little odd, IMO, but that's okay.

Must.....resist...urge...to....make...joke...about....inflatable pool in driveway.

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-21-2008, 04:46 PM
What is wrong with killing terrorists? Why wouldn't Frankie want to see terrorists killed?

Toughen up junior or go eat at the kid's table.

Yes that is clearly what you were alluding to. What a fucking coward you are.

Donger
10-21-2008, 04:47 PM
What is wrong with killing terrorists? Why wouldn't Frankie want to see terrorists killed?

Toughen up junior or go eat at the kid's table.

ROFL

Donger
10-21-2008, 04:50 PM
Must.....resist...urge...to....make...joke...about....inflatable pool in driveway.

Are you suggesting that I was not being authentic about that?

vailpass
10-21-2008, 04:51 PM
Yes that is clearly what you were alluding to. What a ****ing coward you are.

WTF else do you think I was talking about? Are all the kids where you come from as soft as you?

NewChief
10-21-2008, 04:51 PM
Are you suggesting that I was not being authentic about that?

Not at all. My joke was going to be, "At least she didn't pose in an inflatable pool in her driveway." No comment on you at all, I'm just a sucker for CP allusion.

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-21-2008, 04:56 PM
WTF else do you think I was talking about? Are all the kids where you come from as soft as you?

Oh, I don't know, yet another racial dig at Frankie given that you are basically a (how in the fuck I don't understand) yet banned version of Marlboro_Chief, and along with TomC@sh, basically the resident fucking scumbag of this corner of the Internet.

I'm not soft, I'm honest. You're a piece of shit and a fucking racist, cowardly cunt--that's when you're not poking fun at the deaths of others' pets. If you want me to PM you my address you can come by and I'll say it to your face.

Now piss off you miserable jackbooted piece of dick cheese, and go back to sewing your Klan robes.

Donger
10-21-2008, 04:59 PM
Not at all. My joke was going to be, "At least she didn't pose in an inflatable pool in her driveway." No comment on you at all, I'm just a sucker for CP allusion.

You're weird.

Donger
10-21-2008, 05:00 PM
Oh, I don't know, yet another racial dig at Frankie given that you are basically a (how in the **** I don't understand) yet banned version of Marlboro_Chief, and along with TomC@sh, basically the resident ****ing scumbag of this corner of the Internet.

I'm not soft, I'm honest. You're a piece of shit and a ****ing racist, cowardly ****--that's when you're not poking fun at the deaths of others' pets. If you want me to PM you my address you can come by and I'll say it to your face.

Now piss off you miserable jackbooted piece of dick cheese, and go back to sewing your Klan robes.

Racial? Iranians are a race?

This place is a veritable spring of valuable info.

NewChief
10-21-2008, 05:00 PM
You're weird.

Weird like "blow up a pool and hang in my driveway" weird?

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-21-2008, 05:00 PM
Racial? Iranians are a race?

This place is a veritable spring of valuable info.

The last time I checked Persians were. Back to the garage for you.

Donger
10-21-2008, 05:03 PM
The last time I checked Persians were. Back to the garage for you.

Well, vailpass didn't mention Persians, now did he?

Donger
10-21-2008, 05:04 PM
Weird like "blow up a pool and hang in my driveway" weird?

I would certainly hope not, but perhaps I hold you in too high regard.

vailpass
10-21-2008, 05:15 PM
Oh, I don't know, yet another racial dig at Frankie given that you are basically a (how in the **** I don't understand) yet banned version of Marlboro_Chief, and along with TomC@sh, basically the resident ****ing scumbag of this corner of the Internet.

I'm not soft, I'm honest. You're a piece of shit and a ****ing racist, cowardly ****--that's when you're not poking fun at the deaths of others' pets. If you want me to PM you my address you can come by and I'll say it to your face.

Now piss off you miserable jackbooted piece of dick cheese, and go back to sewing your Klan robes.

Are you really offering to PM me your street addy? Oh kid you have no fucking idea.
Here is a free one for you: act in haste repent in leisure. Don't ever get so pissed you expose yourself to the unknown.

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-21-2008, 05:16 PM
Are you really offering to PM me your street addy? Oh kid you have no fucking idea.
Here is a free one for you: act in haste repent in leisure. Don't ever get so pissed you expose yourself to the unknown.

No, I would PM you my general location. If you are ever in the neighborhood, we could arrange for a meet and greet, less you begin forwarding me Birth of a Nation spinoffs.

vailpass
10-21-2008, 05:18 PM
No, I would PM you my general location. If you are ever in the neighborhood, we could arrange for a meet and greet, less you begin forwarding me Birth of a Nation spinoffs.

Are you offering to meet in person to fight?

Frankie
10-21-2008, 10:28 PM
Get over it already, and don't send any more of your ugly comments via PM's.

I was gonna ignore this post until I read this piece of absolute lie, churchman. You and I both know who sends the other PMs (all threatening and full of hate). I have never EVER sent you a PM on my own, save for responding to a few of yours. You claim to be a man of God and faith. Next time you are in church, think about this post,..... lying asshole.

Frankie
10-21-2008, 10:31 PM
Raising doubts about the authenticity? No, I don't doubt that it's authentic.

It's a little odd, IMO, but that's okay.

Cool.

Frankie
10-21-2008, 10:33 PM
Yes that is clearly what you were alluding to. What a ****ing coward you are.

Nothing new.

Frankie
10-21-2008, 10:37 PM
Well, vailpass didn't mention Persians, now did he?

Iranians = Persians

Donger
10-21-2008, 10:41 PM
Iranians = Persians

Really? Would you say that Americans = White?

Frankie
10-21-2008, 10:45 PM
Really? Would you say that Americans = White?

I don't see the relevance. But the name of the Aryan race (yes the one Hitler tried to own) is a derivative of Arya-ee or Irani. Both words have the same root in the Persian language.

Donger
10-21-2008, 10:47 PM
I don't see the relevance. But the name of the Aryan race (yes the one Hitler tried to own) is a derivative of Arya-ee or Irani. Both words have the same root in the Persian language.

Well, you just wrote that "Iranians = Persians." How did you reach that conclusion?

Frankie
10-21-2008, 10:50 PM
Well, you just wrote that "Iranians = Persians." How did you reach that conclusion?

Because they are. In the Persian language both Iran and Pars (Persia) refer to the the same country.

Donger
10-21-2008, 10:52 PM
Because they are. In the Persian language both Iran and Pars (Persia) refer to the the same country.

I was under the impression that Persians make up only a slight majority of Iranians. Is that not correct?