The photograph you see is the picture of a statue 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.

* Bill ( wrote and submitted the following tribute:

The first is Senryu, an ancient form of Japanese poetry.

in gratitude for
all you've done and lost for us;
a labor of love.

The second and third are Tanku, another ancient form of Japanese poetry.

we thank the sculptor
and want nothing but the best
for his countrymen;
may Iraq and Islam join the
modern democratic world.


Freedom rears its head
to people full of dread.
To be free is to be more alive;
Those who understand will strive
to bring it to a full expression
after years of bald repression

~ Bill (

June 2004

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