Lukman Faily, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States, is running the Boston Marathon.
Faily likens the 26.2 mile run to the Iraqi people’s efforts to rebuild that nation.
In an op-ed piece in the April 17 edition of the Boston Herald, Faily writes that he is running in support of terror victims in Boston and in his home country.
I will be honoring our host city which has earned the title "Boston Strong," and the people of Baghdad and every Iraqi community who have displayed similar resilience in response to bombings and other attacks.
Faily ran the Tokyo Marathon in 2012 to raise money for victims of the 2011 tsunami that killed 20,000 Japanese citizens, according to Runner’s World. He ran Tokyo again in 2013, according to the magazine.
In the Boston Herald, Faily wrote about the upcoming elections in Iraq and the efforts for those elections to be free and fair.
This acceptance of ballots, not bullets, is part of an effort to ensure that every Iraqi voice is heard. However, we are all too aware of the many challenges we face, primarily from terrorists who continue to slaughter our people indiscriminately.