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Hawie told many interesting stories about his combat experiences in “The Rainbow Ends,” but it was a statement he made in the preface to the book that really stood out to me, as it seems as true today as when it was written in the early 1940s:
“American-Syrians, and there are many thousands of them in this great land of liberty, love America and its Institutions with the same loyalty and devotion that they gave to their native country and hills since the beginning of recorded history. They will not be found among those who sought its shores and are now attempting to remodel its constitution and divert the thoughts of its people into some new form of ‘ism’ that so often begins with a distorted idealism and ultimately terminates in real despotism.”