Skip to comments.Statue of the American Soldier in Iraq
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
Submitted by Bob Ohm
Why otherwise would the child in the sculpture be dressed as a stereotypical American a poster child from the 1950s, and not a stereotypical Iraqi child with head scarf and sandals? The crudely executed child throws the whole thing horribly off.
Sorry, there is NO statement of Iraq's gratitude, here, it was a cheap export item from the start, bland and poorly executed.
All this tearful hyperemotional praise towards this tribesman is totally out of place at a time when others of his tribe cheer as they drag the charred corpses of Americans through the streets. Iraqis won't police themselves, they won't cooperate in their own liberation, they seem rather pleased when Americans continue to die.
What use is this so called artist's crappy exported propaganda art now? Unless he starts producing some pro-American propaganda for domestic Iraqi production, screw him very much
The "artist" knew that. He obviously made it for export to the USA. Unless he sticks his neck out and starts making pro USA art for Iraqi consumption, he's the same cowardly slave who made Saddam Hussein statues, just working for a different master.
Even after all this time, this is still amusing to read this back and reflect upon the lameness of a CERTAIN other person's comments and MAIL.
I guess the phone cops and internet police failed, according to a certain letter. LOL.