To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten. . . . We see them in the smile of every child, and in every flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.
That paragraph wasn’t written by an American. It was written by the mayor of the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, Major General Najim Abed Abdullah al-Jibouri.
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