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Photo of Muslim soldier’s tombstone that touched Powell

When he endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell cited a photo he recalled of the grieving mother of a Muslim soldier. Blogs, including The New York Times’ The Lede, have helped readers find that photo, which was featured in The New Yorker. On […]

When he endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell cited a photo he recalled of the grieving mother of a Muslim soldier.

Blogs, including The New York Times’ The Lede, have helped readers find that photo, which was featured in The New Yorker.

On “Meet the Press,” Powell said he was “troubled” by Republican Party members who permitted rumors that Obama was a Muslim to continue despite the fact that the Illinois senator is a Christian. “Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way,” the retired general said.