A bad Veterans’ Day for at least one Arab-American

Posted: November 12, 2009 in Current events
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“I wanted to show that Arab Americans are patriotic people, that Arab Americans are proud to be members of this country,” Hakki said. “I wanted to dispel some of the stereotypes.” Hakki was born in Pennsylvania. His parents immigrated from Syria. He was deployed to Iraq twice. At the Fort Hood military base, an Arab American named Nidal Malik Hasan stands accused of killing 13 people and wounding 29 last week, reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the process. “It’s like someone taking everything you’ve worked for and ruining it,” said Hakki, who spent most of Veterans Day in his parents’ house in Washington, D.C., sitting around in thermal underwear and a T-shirt, avoiding the news and the rain. “It’s just upsetting because as a veteran I should be sitting around feeling good about myself, and yet I feel like a story like this just ruins Veterans Day,” he said. “My whole life has been the War on Terror. I tried to be the antithesis of this person.” Here.

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