U.S. Army Lt. Col. Grayson Gile of Marion returned from his mission in Afghanistan with a very special gift for President Bush in his possession. The man who created this beautiful rug wanted to say thank you in the best way he could, so he hand-knotted this rug as a thank you and tribute to President Bush for his intervention in Afghanistan and for putting an end to the Taliban's brutal rule.
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I know many who think we should have bombed Afghanistan and the Taliban into oblivian. I can agree on the latter, but not the former.
I know that our enemy is radical Islam, but not all Muslims are our enemy. I heard it quoted this past weekend that, "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims." I hope we can remember that in the hard days ahead, and I hope the Muslim communities around the world and here in the States take hold of this and do something about the cancer growing in their midst.
And to the elderly Hazara man from Kabul who created this beautiful tribuite, thank you for talent, your gift, and for being one more example of good that can and does exist in a Muslim land.