Nearby, Zeqir Ziggy Berisha, a native of Kosovo and now a citizen with two sons in the U.S. Army and two in the Marines, waved his flag and shouted support for Bush.
This nation underneath God is best on Earth!
Asked about the protesters, he shrugged them off.
Disagree is good! I disagree with my wife 35 years! Disagree is OK.
Berisha spoke of how different it was when he was living in Yugoslavia under Josip Broz Tito.
Tito used to shoot people for speaking against them. He shot two of my friends.
Berisha is a little more reserved about free speech when it comes to his boys.
I tell them, you speak against this country, you speak against me!
Posted by: thomas at January 22, 2005 02:01 AM (q4yp8)
Posted by: CavalierX at January 22, 2005 02:46 AM (sA6XT)
Thank you so much for sharing his story with us, Sarah. I agree with CavalierX--What a great American!
Posted by: Beth at January 22, 2005 09:51 AM (+7VNs)
The people that have lost freedom and regained it, appriciate it the most.
Tell your child that. Tell them of the things that they take for granted. Tell them if they fail, that they not only fail themselves and you, they also fail their country.
This is my post
Posted by: Papa Ray at January 22, 2005 01:54 PM (B6ERo)
What a great story. And the attitude is one that was common before the late '60s.
Posted by: Bunker at January 22, 2005 05:22 PM (FP9A9)
I have students who are from Eastern Europe.
Posted by: Patricia at January 25, 2005 10:37 PM (Fg8Ii)
thanks for showing this great american. by the way, fox news showed mr berisha several times during the parade
Posted by: skip gulledge at January 26, 2005 01:12 PM (y5Hs6)
I can remember dicussing the Elian Gonzalez issue with a friend of mine who emigrated from Romania to Germany. I said Elian should go back to Cuba to be with his remaining parent, and he was just becoming a political pawn. My friend said, no, that he should stay in the United States with his relatives. He backed that up with one simple statement: You don't know what it is like living under Communism. I do.
I think that immigrants to a country are for the most part more patriotic to that country than those born into that country. The latter was born there, and will potentially grow to love his country. The former CHOSE that country, and left another for it. Now who makes the bigger statement and commitment?
Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at January 26, 2005 06:53 PM (SQbkT)
Now, if we can get more immigrants like him, and get all the kooky lefties to leave, the country will be in great shape.
Posted by: Frank at January 26, 2005 08:08 PM (7RKY5)
You don't know what Freedom means...until you lose it. From an immigrant Father who experienced WW I in Austria and taught his children....thank God!
Posted by: Reg at January 26, 2005 11:53 PM (Rqc4U)
In the words of Merle Haggard. " when you're running down this country, you're walking on the fighting side of me!" I'm with you Berisha!
Posted by: Higgins at January 27, 2005 12:54 AM (yCfJe)
I agree with your comments. I am from Africa and my country went through 8 yrs of Idi Amin. To An American born citizen, you don't know what a great country this is; to me a foreign student it is the best country i'd love to bring my children up!!
Posted by: Jim at January 27, 2005 03:58 PM (gGOIQ)
I am a retired AF Vet of 23 years. I go to bed at night thanking GOD I am an American. Two combat tours to try and free the Vietnamese people. I have no regrets, except that my civilian gov. let them down! Lest we forget our history everyone else is doomed to tyranny!!
I did not agree we should have gone to Iraq. I am shelfish when it means shedding the blood of my sons. But, we ARE there now!! And a good soldier stays the course. We leave this time when the mission is completed. Else my sons will never be able to hold up their heads.
Posted by: Walter Jordan at January 27, 2005 06:07 PM (7kPoO)
God Bless this lovely man! I have a proposal, lets send the left wingnuts to somewhere like where Mr. Berisha came from, and bring more like him over here! Fair trade? They could come back when they grew up....nah!
Posted by: DagneyT at January 28, 2005 06:36 PM (hlABi)
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