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U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan (US Army Photo courtesy Khizr Khan)
U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan

Khizr Kahn, Muslim father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan who died fighting in Iraq, saw his son’s sacrifice, as well as his family’s, in the first definition of the word sacrifice:

1. To give up somebody or something valued in exchange for somebody or something else that is considered more important or valuable.*

I think most Americans would agree. I certainly do.

Donald Trump seems to think his sacrifices fit #1 as well. I’m still trying to figure out what he gave up in order to achieve the “good things” he claims to have accomplished. He mentioned creating thousands of jobs but we are learning that he often didn’t pay for work done on those jobs, and that many of them are actually overseas in foreign countries!

I believe his sacrifices fall under the definition of #2:

2. To allow somebody or something to be hurt, killed or destroyed for your own advantage.*

Yes, definitely, #2!

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*Encarta Dictionary

 

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Image: U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan (US Army Photo courtesy Khizr Khan).

Gail Kiracofe

Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Gail has moved around the country a lot and now lives in a retirement community in Virginia. She was a Marine Corps wife and worked for the Girl Scouts in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. She takes lots of Life Long Learning classes, and continues to hone her writing skills.