July 30, 2016

AMERICAN VS UNAMERICAN:

In Tribute to Son, Khizr Khan Offered Citizenship Lesson at Convention (RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.JULY 29, 2016, NY Times)

Mr. Khan met his wife at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. They moved to Dubai, where their two eldest sons were born, then arrived in Houston, renting a $200-a-month apartment. Eventually they settled outside Washington, where Mr. Khan worked at a mortgage company and law firms.

Captain Khan attended John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Md. In his free time, he taught disabled children to swim. At the University of Virginia, he joined the R.O.T.C. program, and majored in psychology, his father said. He planned to attend law school.

His last conversation with his parents was on Mother's Day 2004. His mother said: " 'I don't want you to be a hero. I want you to return back to me safely,' " Mr. Khan recalled. "Of course I will," he promised her. "But Mother, you should know I have responsibility for these soldiers, and I cannot leave them unprotected."

The bomber who took Captain Khan's life drove an orange-and-white taxi toward the base. Had the captain not warned his men to take cover, "there would have been more casualties," his brigade commander, Dana Pittard, said in an interview.

Recalling the captain's potential as he watched Mr. Khan's speech, Mr. Pittard said, "I had to leave the room, it brought back such a flood of memories."

After their son's death, Mr. Khan and his wife, who had moved to Charlottesville to be close to their other sons, had the university's R.O.T.C. cadets over for dinner once a year. Mr. Khan would give them each a pocket-size copy of the Constitution, just like the one he brandished on Thursday, said Tim Leroux, who used to run the R.O.T.C. program.

University officials let Mr. Khan read an application essay his son wrote for a residential college. In the essay, Captain Khan wrote of how "liberty requires vigilance and sacrifice" and that those who are "beneficiaries of liberty must always bear this in mind, and keep it safe from attacks."

"That summed up his later life," Mr. Khan said.

Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier: 'I've Made a Lot of Sacrifices' (STEVE TURNHAM Jul 30, 2016, ABC News)

In his first response to a searing charge from bereaved Army father Khizr Khan that he'd "sacrificed nothing" for his country, Donald Trump claimed that he had in fact sacrificed by employing "thousands and thousands of people." He also suggested that Khan's wife didn't speak because she was forbidden to as a Muslim and questioned whether Khan's words were his own.


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