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Soldier who lost leg in Iraq tells those with anti-Muslim sentiment to "get a grip"

Chris Herbert is not impressed with the recent perceived rise in Islamophobia in the western world.

chris2 Chris Herbert Source: Facebook

A YOUNG BRITISH serviceman who lost a leg in an explosion in Basra, Iraq, has called out those who propagate Islamophobia in a powerful social media post.

27-year-old Chris Herbert lost his right leg in that bomb blast in 2007, but he doesn’t appear to hold any grudge.

In fact, the rising racial tensions being seen around the world currently appear to irritate him greatly if his Facebook post yesterday is any judge.

chris Source: Chris Herbert/Facebook

The post is essentially a rebuttal to those who expect him to hate Muslims given the manner in which he lost his leg.

“Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg,” he says.

A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British uniform. A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field. A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life.
Contrary to that, a white brit spat in my girlfriends face for ‘fucking a cripple when you could have me (him)’, a white brit pushed my wheelchair away from a lift so he could use it first, a white brit screamed at my Dad for parking in a disabled bay when I was in the services coming home.

“Point is, fuck off, I know who I dislike and I know who I don’t.”

Herbert’s point is a simple one: that hating an entire race of men and women for the actions of a few doesn’t make much sense, and is certainly not for him.

“Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daesh and the Taliban is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or the Westboro Baptist Church.”

Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.

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