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To Kill an American

 Mon, Feb 20, 2006

You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, 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. 

" IN GOD WE TRUST "