February 8, 2005

Good story...

Omar recommended this tale, of an Iraqi boy, Pfc. Husam Razaq Almusowi, who was born in Iraq and grew up in the US, and joined the army to try to give something back to the country that saved his family in 1991...

...Escaping the bombs, large groups of Iraqis, mostly women and children, fled to Saudi Arabia, where they hoped to find safety at a refugee camp. Almusowi remembers the journey as if it were yesterday.

“We hitchhiked and walked all the way across the desert,” he said. “We camped out in the desert of southern Iraq and in the desert you can’t see anything at night. I remember finding a star and didn’t know what it was.”

When Almusowi awoke, he still had the metal insignia of a star in his hand. The morning light revealed the horror of their surroundings. “There were dead soldiers all around us and the star was an officer’s rank,” he said. “We spent the next day burying them and then we continued to move toward the border.”...

Almousowi's father was a general who plotted against Saddam. He was scheduled to be hanged on the day Allied bombs smashed his prison, allowing him to walk away. Almousowi is now an Army translator in Iraq.

Posted by John Weidner at February 8, 2005 7:52 AM
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