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1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 2:24 PM


To Kill an American
You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is. So they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)

'An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.

An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan.The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.

An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.

The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan . Americans welcome the best of everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services... But they also welcome the least.

The national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America .

Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself . Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 2:36 PM

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie
Oy Oy Oy!

(did I say that right?)

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 2:54 PM

G'day, yup, you did.

*Waving* at all American and Aussie friends out there .


Lucimoore  (Level: 181.1 - Posts: 1679)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 3:19 PM

Waving back atcha Bev! My blood bleeds Scoth, Irish, Welsh, English and last but far from least, Cherokee. Proud to be an American.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 5:41 PM

Wow. Makes me feel special!

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.9 - Posts: 6036)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 7:59 PM

Thanks, Marsha!

Waving back atcha Bev! This is one of my special phrases from you that I will always remember. Especially the night I thought we lost the "Island".


Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 8:13 PM

Thanks to Sploofus I have learned more about this country I have always been fascinated by in a truly fun getting to know and love people from there.

I have never read nor heard about any other country and culture that is so adamantly pro-American. We have not been in an international conflict without their support. I have learned to admire their open, honest approach to everything. I have often been reminded of how lucky I am to be American, by a more-than-proud Aussie.

I love the Aussies for their spirit, humor, and loyalty. It pervades all they do. A shout to you mates! Good un you...



Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 9:03 PM

I love this, thanks so much Marsha!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 10:21 PM


"This essay was not written by "an Australian dentist," but by an associate law professor at Virginia's George Mason University. Titled "What is an American: A Primer," it was published in the National Review on September 25, 2001. The e-mail version differs from the original not only in attribution, but also contains several edits and editorial comments and omits the author's closing paragraphs. "

I'm a SNOPES freak.


Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 3rd Dec '08 10:23 PM

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 4th Dec '08 12:19 AM

Party Pooper Chick....
I WANTED to think it was a
dentist from OZ....
Santa won't bring YOU any
presents this year....

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