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« Nothing short of a miracle!عيدكم مبارك »

11 years, 7 months, 14 days

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Wednesday, September 08, 2010 7:07:29 AM
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    That's how much time it took me from the minute I set foot on the ground of New York airport, young and enthusiastic, until the day I was finally recognized by the president of the United States of America as "Fellow Citizen"

    Today marks the date in which I have earned a citizenship of country that has liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness as integral parts of it's constitution. There is no one here better than me, not even the president, and that is the law of the land.

    I look back and remember my father's wasted 40 years in the harsh Sun and desert of Kuwait. After 40 years, he can't even visit that place. In a little over a quarter of that period, I was proclaimed "one of us" by the most powerful president in the world.

    It's quite a sad fate of all immigrant Arabs, when they choose a "sister" country. Where you can spend your whole life, get born, live and die and you're still considered a "Foreigner". How demeaning!

    I don't mean Kuwait in particular by the way, I mean all the countries that would take your years of suffering and decades of dedication and service and return the favor with a simple: Thank you, you have 14 days to leave the country.

    Worse, there are generations who live in these countries who consider themselves a higher class of human beings. They are the elite, the chosen ones, the Mowateneen, the pure blooded locals. They deserve this life, it's their natural born right.

    In genetics, when there isn't a lot of diversity in any animal, most scientists will tell you that such a species is on the extinction list. For many reason, countries are very much like that. Ones who continue to grow and flourish are the ones who are open for new blood to join their gene pool. For new elements to voluntarily come and dissolve in their melting pot.

    Today, I heard some interesting words about America. How it is a country that is not built on an ethnicity, race, color or religion. It's a country that's built on people sharing the same ideals. Now excuse me, but if that isn't a noble enough cause, I don't know what is.

    Part of me still holds my allegiances near and dear to my heart. I'm not letting those down and I will not give them up. Luckily, I don't have to.

    As a free person, at least in the eyes of this nation, nothing has changed in me. I might be a little lighter with the weight of the cultural shackles off my back.

    For me, this is the end of this journey. The beginning of a new one... How will the future look like? That's anyone's guess. What is certain is that choices we make today, will shape that future.

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    • Hareega
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    • On: 9/8/2010 7:46:04 AM
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    Congratulations man, a lot of the things that America stands for are very noble and that what attracts people from everywhere to go there. Its foreign policy is a totally different story
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    • kinzi
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    • On: 9/8/2010 9:42:12 AM
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    Qwaider, congratulations!!!
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    • Anonymous
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    • On: 9/8/2010 2:58:36 PM
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    congrade...but did you read the post on yaho news today about burn quraan in florida church on 9/11 before you said that america built on share ideals not religion!!!!!!
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    • Dave
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    • On: 9/8/2010 3:50:46 PM
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    Congratulations on your citizenship!  I love the fact that America is a melting pot of ethnicities, religions, ideals, and people.  I only wish it didn't take quite so long to become a citizen; 11 years still seems like a long time.
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    • Ehab
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    • On: 9/8/2010 4:01:29 PM
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    Congrats Qwaider!

    11 years in another country, that seems like too much... It has been always interesting to see your perspective on life abroad... Maybe I can follow your footsteps sometime soon...

    Good Luck
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    • Ali
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    • On: 9/8/2010 11:35:20 PM
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    Congratulations from the heart man. Enjoy the benefits of your citizenship.
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    • me
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    • On: 9/9/2010 2:13:06 AM
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    yella! forsa to export freedom to jordan :-)
    mabrook
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    • afaf
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    • On: 9/11/2010 4:53:04 PM
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    mabrouk, samer....
    mine took me 10 yrs....it is a relief!!
    You too can have your Memories Documented

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