she died defending our freedoms
Did she die in Iraq?
Did she die in Afghanistan?
Did she carry a gun?
Armed only with her convictions and the courage to defend them, she walked quietly with her child down a street in California.
As a pious Muslim woman, she never left home without her hijab, the traditional head scarf worn by Muslim women. She was proud of her hijab.The author wrote a moving piece in her memory. But, what Alia Ansari died defending was - not her flag - but our freedom.
In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, some of her friends and relatives, afraid of reprisal attacks, took off their hijabs. Alia encouraged them not to compromise their religion, especially when they had nothing to do with those crimes.
As for herself, she told them that she would never take off her hijab, even if someone put a gun to her head demanding that she do so. Alia said that her hijab was her flag.
She could not have known as she began the fateful walk to her children’s school last Thursday that her path would cross that of a lone gunman who in a single act of mindless violence would bring a close to a life of dedication and service.
She could not have known that her grandfather’s words were so close to fulfillment. She could not have known that she would soon die defending her flag.
In defending her freedom to practice her religion, Alia Ansari died defending what America is all about.
Bush drones on forever about sending our troops abroad to 'protect our freedoms' but he's nothing but a miserable snake and a LIAR - people don't 'defend' freedom by conducting pre-emptive wars - people 'defend' freedom by exercising it.
By not giving in to fear and intimidation and doing what it is their right to do.
By calling a spade a spade when they see it, and calling a murderer a murderer - though he might threaten to exact revenge.
William Wallace defended freedom when he refused to pledge allegience to a man who called himself 'king'.
Rosa Parks defended freedom when she sat in the front of the bus.
Martin Luther King defended freedom from his jail cell in Birmingham.
History's list of freedom fighters is long, each one inspiring another to defend the flame that burns inside us all.
Among the believers are those who have been true to their covenant to God. Among them are those who have given their lives, others patiently wait their turn, having never weakened in their resolve. (33:23)Alia Ansari is now among them.