Mr Kahn lost his son, Captain Humayun Kahn, an American war hero to an suicide murder attack in IRAQ in 2004. That’s the year I lost my son to suicide.
Our family is no stranger to losing sons.
My brother was killed in Korea. Another brother was Missing In Action in World War II (long before I was born). My Dad didn’t vote Democrat again after the Korean war.
I say these thing not to diminish the death of Mr Kahn’s son, or to criticize Mr Kahn’s grief. I say it to tell people that I understand Mr Kahn’s pain as only a father of a deceased son could. I understand, just like my parents understood, the futility of a child being killed in a war thousands of miles from home.
It’s not fair.
I believe that Mr Kahn allowed himself, and his son’s legacy, to be used for raw political purposes. Shame on those running the Democrat National Convention for doing this disgraceful thing, even if Mr Kahn allowed it.
Mr Kahn’s message was a criticism of Donald Trump’s proposed policy of limiting Muslim immigration into the United States until individuals could be checked-out for terrorist connections. Mr Kahn resents this proposal, and says that if Trump’s proposal would have been in effect when his family immigrated, his son would not have been able to fight for the United States.
Stop right there. Captain Humayun Kahn was killed by a Muslim. It was Capt. Kahn’s job to keep these terrorist Muslims out of the United States. He was doing his job, and he knew it.
So, why is Mr Kahn so bitter? First of all, he lost his beloved son, a hero to all of us. Secondly, he seems to ignore why his son died.
Mr Kahn and the media are critical of the racial animosity sometimes felt against Pakistani’s. I am afraid this is a natural feeling given the proliferation of extremist madrasa schools in Pakistan, and the horrible, corrupt Pakistani government that gave long term shelter to Osama Bin Laden, murderer of thousands of American citizens.
As a Christian I love Mr Kahn and am praying for his and his wife’s comforting in this time of great sorrow and pain. I cannot relieve that pain and suffering, but God can help Mr Kahn as he helped us after our son died.
Donald Trump’s Muslim policy proposal is rational, and will save American lives. It is a counterfactual argument that if the policy were in effect years ago, the son would not have been in the USA to fight and die for that country.
Counterfactual means that it did not happen that way. Mr Kahn knows that when they immigrated conditions were different, and that arguments about what could have happened are pure speculation with no hint of truth. Then was then, and now is now.
Now is the time to beseech God for protection from Muslim terrorists so that more Captain Kahn’s do not have to die, either overseas, or here at home.