Citizenship candidate and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Sikander Ejaz (C), who is originally from Pakistan, is sworn in with other candidates to become new U.S. citizens during a special naturalization ceremony to honor the nation's veterans on the eve of Veterans Day at the Washington District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services November 10, 2010 in Fairfax, Virginia.


  1. Just like other newly American citizens i’ve met, these folks GET IT! Hopefully they can influence those who have become unappreciative of all we have. We have been truly blessed.

  2. You may have the bulldozers, planes and helicopters that smash houses to rubble, the commandos who descend from ropes on ships and kill unarmed civilians on the high seas as well as in Gaza, the vast power of the state behind you. We have only our hands and our hearts and our voices. But note this. Note this well. It is you who are afraid of us. We are not afraid of you. We will keep working and praying, keep protesting and denouncing, keep pushing up against your navy and your army, with nothing but our bodies, until we prove that the force of morality and justice is greater than hate and violence. And then, when there is freedom in Gaza, we will forgive … you. We will ask you to break bread with us. We will bless your children even if you did not find it in your heart to bless the children of those you occupied. And maybe it is this forgiveness, maybe it is the final, insurmountable power of love, which unsettles you the most.

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