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Statue of the American Soldier in Iraq
www.usstopekaclg8.org ^ | 4/1/04 | Bob Ohm

Posted on 04/01/2004 3:08:56 PM PST by ovrtaxt

This picture of the statue was made by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. This artist was so grateful that the Americans liberated his country, he melted 3 of the fallen Saddam heads and made a memorial statue dedicated to the American soldiers and their fallen comrades. Kalat worked on this night and day for several months. To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms. It is currently on display outside the palace that is now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped and shown at the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.

Origins:   According to the Army News Service (ARNEWS), the text reproduced above is a relatively accurate description of the statue shown in the photograph accompanying it.

In July 2003, two statues of Saddam Hussein, which an Iraqi sculptor named Kalat had a hand in creating, were removed with explosives from outside a palace complex in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, Iraq, where the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division headquarters group is located. The 555th Engineer Group cut up the bronze statues and shipped the pieces to Kalat, who using a photograph of 1st Sgt. Glen Simpson as a model spent several months fashioning them into a likeness of an American soldier kneeling to mourn a fallen comrade, while a young girl reaches out to comfort him in his time of grief.

According to ARNEWS:

The sculpture is based on a scene many in Iraq have witnessed in one form or another.

A Soldier kneels before a memorial of boots, rifle and helmet ? his forehead resting in the hollow of hiss hand. Behind and to his right stands a small Iraqi girl with her hand reaching out to touch his shoulder.

The statue evokes emotion. The girl was added to the statue to remind people of why the sacrifice was made, [Command Sgt. Maj. Chuck] Fuss said.

"It's about freedom for this country, but it's also about the children who will grow up in a free society," he said.

The statue will eventually be flown to the 4th Infantry Division museum at Fort Hood, Texas.

Submitted by Bob Ohm



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; iraqsoldierstatue; statue
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I just got a link to this in email today. In light of recent events in Iraq, I thought it was appropriate to post it here.

Thank God for people like this artist.

1 posted on 04/01/2004 3:08:57 PM PST by ovrtaxt
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2 posted on 04/01/2004 3:09:39 PM PST by Support Free Republic (I'd rather be sleeping. Let's get this over with so I can go back to sleep!)
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To: jjm2111
A re-post of your subject from a month ago.
3 posted on 04/01/2004 3:11:07 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Proud member of the Offensive Banned Tagline club.)
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To: ovrtaxt; RonDog
WOW! Wonderful!

RonDog - Get this to Hugh!!

4 posted on 04/01/2004 3:31:10 PM PST by Solson (Always remember when you are on top of the world , that the earth rotates every 24 hrs.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
You have to see this. Great statue! Great story!
5 posted on 04/01/2004 3:33:19 PM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: ovrtaxt
Beautiful, but it brings tears to my eyes.
6 posted on 04/01/2004 3:33:29 PM PST by madison10
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To: ovrtaxt
The statue will eventually be flown to the 4th Infantry Division museum at Fort Hood, Texas.

Because if it were left standing unguarded in iraq, the local trash would immediately deface it. Its amaturish work anyway, I hope it ends up in a basement storeroom at Ft Hood.

7 posted on 04/01/2004 3:34:09 PM PST by rageaholic
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Ping....
8 posted on 04/01/2004 3:34:19 PM PST by HiJinx (Donate by the month...it's easy, painless, and makes you feel oh so good!)
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To: rageaholic
Its amaturish work anyway, I hope it ends up in a basement storeroom at Ft Hood.

That's a pretty nasty comment! I suppose you could do better.....

9 posted on 04/01/2004 3:41:33 PM PST by 2nd amendment mama
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To: rageaholic
WTF?
10 posted on 04/01/2004 3:43:39 PM PST by JOE6PAK ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: rageaholic
Its amaturish work anyway,

What's the link to your website so we can compare this 'amaturish work' with your professional works--and judge your work against his?
11 posted on 04/01/2004 3:44:05 PM PST by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: rageaholic
Because if it were left standing unguarded in iraq, the local trash would immediately deface it. Its amaturish work anyway, I hope it ends up in a basement storeroom at Ft Hood.

I can't understand your attitude about this. This is a very kind and inspiring work of art. Are you just trying to make people angry?
12 posted on 04/01/2004 3:44:57 PM PST by Codeflier (Implement Loser Pays)
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To: TomGuy
I saw his page. LOL
13 posted on 04/01/2004 3:47:43 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (beware of 6/11/04 imho)
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To: rageaholic
I suppose all your artwork is in the Museum of Art,or better yet in The Louvre.
14 posted on 04/01/2004 3:47:47 PM PST by samantha (Don't panic, the adults are in charge)
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To: 2nd amendment mama
That's a pretty nasty comment! I suppose you could do better.....

Yes, I could indeed make a much nastier comment.

15 posted on 04/01/2004 3:48:53 PM PST by rageaholic
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To: samantha
Don't take the bait. Probably will be portrayed as John Kerry's new foyer -- it will be on the mainstream media as such in a few weeks when they have time to study the effect on normal Americans.
16 posted on 04/01/2004 3:55:49 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough (Bush '04 --- in a F'n landslide.)
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To: rageaholic
Because if it were left standing unguarded in Iraq, the local trash would immediately deface it. Its amateurish work anyway, I hope it ends up in a basement storeroom at Ft Hood.

Unlike you, I hope this statue is displayed for all to see.It shows the sacrifice our servicemen have made and the appreciation of the artist for that sacrifice.

17 posted on 04/01/2004 3:58:43 PM PST by tapatio (Cruelty and fear shake hands together.)
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To: tapatio
the appreciation of the artist for that sacrifice

Yeah one clown makes a statue from crumpled tinfoil and all you bleeding hearts shed a tear for our new friends the iraqis, meanwhile a mob is dragging decapitated charred bodies of Americans through the streets. Makes me sick.

18 posted on 04/01/2004 4:04:52 PM PST by rageaholic
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To: rageaholic
Iraqis are not all of one mind, sir. I believe you are painting with a broad brush. Obviously, the artist here demonstrates much good will. Would it hurt you to do the same?
19 posted on 04/01/2004 4:48:06 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: ovrtaxt
I think it's great. But I think it should stay in Iraq. I think they should put in in that town square in Bagdag where Saddam's statue.
20 posted on 04/01/2004 4:52:49 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: rageaholic
Who said anything about the Iraqis? It is a beautiful statue, it doesn't matter if an Iraqi artist made it or an American one. Appreciation for a piece of art does not mean that we side with those animals who killed and desecrated the American civilians in Fallujah.
21 posted on 04/01/2004 5:00:55 PM PST by BabyRepub
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To: rageaholic

Take a hint.

22 posted on 04/01/2004 5:02:41 PM PST by wolicy_ponk (If con is the opposite of pro, is congress the opposite of progress?)
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To: Unam Sanctam
Ditto to you comment! They are paying honor to our fallen soldiers and that alone should make it worthwhile.
23 posted on 04/01/2004 5:04:31 PM PST by Toespi (,)
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24 posted on 04/01/2004 5:27:50 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: rageaholic
The Vietnam memorial wall was designed by a Vietnamese woman, IIRC. She knows just as well as the soldiers what happened over there, and this guy knows about our soldiers in Iraq. You're making jackass comments.

These men gave their lives for the good of the Iraqis and one of them actually gets it. He makes this statue out of the melted remains of Saddam's statues. I agree with Danny, this should stay in the center of Baghdad.

Don't get me wrong, a tactical nuke in the center of Fallujah would make a great sunset, but give this guy his due.

25 posted on 04/01/2004 5:40:24 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Proud member of the Offensive Banned Tagline club.)
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To: BabyRepub
Who said anything about the Iraqis?

uhh, the article.

It is a beautiful statue

My neighbor has a cast iron midget holding a lantern you'd probably like.

26 posted on 04/01/2004 5:40:42 PM PST by rageaholic
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27 posted on 04/01/2004 5:48:05 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Proud member of the Offensive Banned Tagline club.)
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To: ovrtaxt
Agreed, that's a nice memorial and this is a good sculpture by a compitent artist.
28 posted on 04/01/2004 5:48:25 PM PST by rageaholic
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To: ovrtaxt; MizSterious; Spc. Kibbey
It's a wonderful story, a beautiful tribute to our fallen troops.

Statue was recently moved to Ft. Hood as a permanent tribute to the 4ID Soldiers who removed Saddam from his spiderhole.

29 posted on 04/01/2004 5:48:55 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl (Just $5/mo:THWART ENEMIES*SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!*http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1109539/posts)
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30 posted on 04/01/2004 5:49:10 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Proud member of the Offensive Banned Tagline club.)
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To: rageaholic
Anyone with such a stupid, childish website as yours, is hardly qualified to judge art.

My 10 year old nephew has a similar homepage.

I urge everyone to take a look at his site. You can access it on his homepage under "contact".

It must be seen to be believed.
31 posted on 04/01/2004 10:25:08 PM PST by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: ovrtaxt
Scott Helvenston, Navy SEAL. R.I.P.


32 posted on 04/01/2004 10:26:05 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: ovrtaxt
The Vietnam memorial wall was designed by a Vietnamese woman, IIRC.

Actually, the Vietnam Memorial was designed by Maya Lin, an American of Chinese descent born in Athens, Ohio in 1959.

33 posted on 04/01/2004 11:16:15 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Travis McGee
A friend of yours?
34 posted on 04/02/2004 3:28:17 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Proud member of the Offensive Banned Tagline club.)
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To: DannyTN; rageaholic
I think it's great. But I think it should stay in Iraq

Right on, brother.

Except the Iraq you want it to stay in is imaginary.

rageaholic-these are not bad people you are fussin' with, they really want to believe that the imaginary Iraq where a beautiful statue like this would be put up and protected by a grateful populace.

Be sad for them, don't be angry.

Save your anger for the Arabs of Fallujah.

35 posted on 04/02/2004 3:33:45 AM PST by Jim Noble (Now you go feed those hogs before they worry themselves into anemia!)
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To: rageaholic
This artist was so grateful that the Americans liberated his country, he melted 3 of the fallen Saddam heads and made a memorial statue dedicated to the American soldiers and their fallen comrades.

well, look what he had to work with, for heaven's sake.

IMHO, his desire to show his gratitude makes his work even more beautiful.

36 posted on 04/02/2004 3:35:14 AM PST by ZinGirl
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To: texasflower
From the page in question:

"page created with Easy Designer"

Apparently not easy enough? LOL! Looks like a page some pimply faced 14-year old would create. Very juvenile.

37 posted on 04/02/2004 6:10:20 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: ZinGirl
Just compare the sentiments shown in the statue with the "sentiments" shown on the critic's home page (url is in his "contacts" section). The Iraqi Kalat shows a beauty of the soul, the other...well...mostly a lack of maturity, I guess.
38 posted on 04/02/2004 6:14:19 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: ovrtaxt
I'm sorry--I don't think this is a good idea, however much the honor is deserved. It'll just be something to desecrate...
39 posted on 04/02/2004 6:15:19 AM PST by Mamzelle (for a post-Neo conservatism)
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To: ovrtaxt
Wait--it's coming stateside, not being erected in Iraq? Sorry--misunderstood.

Never mind previous post

--thanks and gratitude to the artist

40 posted on 04/02/2004 6:17:04 AM PST by Mamzelle (for a post-Neo conservatism)
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To: MizSterious
Total lack of maturity.
41 posted on 04/02/2004 6:23:09 AM PST by Warren_Piece (Fallujah != Iraq, Hollywood != America)
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To: ovrtaxt
No, he was after my time, and on the west coast. I was aware of him from the movies, TV, and ads for his fitness videos. But to me he stands for every Navy SEAL, and that such a man should be so horribly desecrated.... Any man, of course. Every fallen soldier is a terrible loss. For some reason, this one hits me hard, he has a face to me. And look what those animals did....
42 posted on 04/02/2004 7:58:25 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Jim Noble; rageaholic
"Except the Iraq you want it to stay in is imaginary."

It's not entirely imaginary. It was an iraqi who made the statue. A recent poll said 85% of people in Iraq didn't think the U.S. should pull out yet. It's only the 15% that would deface that statue. Granted that is too many and the danger exists that the Mullah's will convert some of the other 85% into good Muslims who hate the Jews and the west like the folks in Fallujah.

But if it's a battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people then the statue should stay. Perhaps put it in a museum where it has protection and is not as easily defaced. But leave it there as a reminder of American sacrifice on their behalf. 85% will appreciate and understand it.

43 posted on 04/02/2004 8:05:00 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN
A recent poll said 85% of people in Iraq didn't think the U.S. should pull out yet.

Not because they appreciate what America has done for them, but because their own personal security rests on the same American soldiers they hate so much and these worthless, cowardly people can't police themselves without tribal warfare.

Sorry, but that sculpture is just a platitude expressing cheap card-shop sentiments and not even good art. It doesn't belong in Ft Hood, it belongs in Fajula rigged with an explosive booby trap.

44 posted on 04/02/2004 8:55:12 AM PST by rageaholic
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To: rageaholic
LOL, well I think you may win the award for the most appropriate nick.
45 posted on 04/02/2004 9:02:23 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN
thankyou, thankyou! :)
46 posted on 04/02/2004 9:05:57 AM PST by rageaholic
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To: rageaholic
I won't comment on that crappy statue, tin foil is too kind a comment indeed.
47 posted on 04/02/2004 10:09:55 AM PST by John Frum
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To: rageaholic
That is by far, a truly excellent bit of sculpture by a competent and talented artist.
48 posted on 04/02/2004 10:10:38 AM PST by John Frum
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To: MizSterious
His little website is almost sad.

I can just see the poor little fellow sitting in his bedroom, posing his little doll so he can make his action hero webpage.

I think I should be nicer to the little guy. LOL!

49 posted on 04/02/2004 11:50:00 AM PST by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: rageaholic
To a point I agree with you but, are you sure it's not the rageahol talkin'?
50 posted on 04/02/2004 11:54:46 AM PST by freedomson (Baruch Habba B'Shem Adonai)
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