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To Kill an American
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Posted on 01/26/2006 8:09:22 PM PST by GeekDejure

To Kill an American

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: 25september2001; american; nationalreview; peterferrara

1 posted on 01/26/2006 8:09:23 PM PST by GeekDejure
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To: GeekDejure

Excellent. Thank you.


2 posted on 01/26/2006 8:11:29 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: Brad's Gramma

yeah, but I'm a TEXAN :P


3 posted on 01/26/2006 8:12:11 PM PST by gop4lyf
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To: GeekDejure

Wow. Just. . . wow.


4 posted on 01/26/2006 8:12:55 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: GeekDejure

Well said...thank you...an American.


5 posted on 01/26/2006 8:13:08 PM PST by Cornpone (Who Dares Wins -- Defame Islam Today -- Tell the Truth About Muhammad)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Excellent. Thank you.

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Yore Welk Ummm !!! ;-))


6 posted on 01/26/2006 8:13:29 PM PST by GeekDejure (LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: GeekDejure

EXCELLENT POST!! Thank you, GeekDejure! I'll be passing this one along. :)


7 posted on 01/26/2006 8:15:07 PM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: GeekDejure

I know you noted your source as "email," but do you have a url for the newspaper this ad was published in?

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ON THE NET...

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=%22kill+an+American%22&btnG=Search+News


8 posted on 01/26/2006 8:16:31 PM PST by Cindy
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To: gop4lyf

Texans don't count. :)


9 posted on 01/26/2006 8:17:21 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: GeekDejure

:)


10 posted on 01/26/2006 8:17:38 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: gop4lyf

Yup and Texans wasn't even on the list. I guess we are safe , huh.


11 posted on 01/26/2006 8:18:07 PM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: GeekDejure

Great post!


12 posted on 01/26/2006 8:23:02 PM PST by jcb8199
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To: GeekDejure
$100. Even for a lib?

13 posted on 01/26/2006 8:23:18 PM PST by I see my hands (Until this civil war heats up.. have a nice day.)
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To: I see my hands

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.>>

Not true. Four million in the US. 28 million in the 'Stan.


14 posted on 01/26/2006 8:27:50 PM PST by Appalled but Not Surprised
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To: GeekDejure
Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place.

I hate to be a stick in the mud, but we most are definitely from a particular place, and are a particular people. We're from the United States, it has borders, language, and culture (to quote Michael Savage). We speak English and the borders can be found on a map of our country.

The bit about our power and appeal coming from the Declaration of Independence, however, was spot on.
15 posted on 01/26/2006 8:29:01 PM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: Brad's Gramma

"Texans don't count. :)"

Actually, one Texan is worth 2 of everybody else.


16 posted on 01/26/2006 8:31:57 PM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: Appalled but Not Surprised

Tks for the clarification. Was aboutta comment on the same!


17 posted on 01/26/2006 8:34:03 PM PST by voletti (Awareness and Equanimity.)
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To: GeekDejure

Awesome! Thank you.


18 posted on 01/26/2006 8:34:04 PM PST by OLDCU
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To: garyhope

Y'all outta go on a diet or sumthin' then! ;)


19 posted on 01/26/2006 8:34:22 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: gop4lyf
Don't tell us what a TEXAN P is. Let us guess. LOL
20 posted on 01/26/2006 8:34:59 PM PST by fish hawk (creatio ex nihilo)
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To: GeekDejure

"But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself."

Hey, I like that, let's extrapolate it: if you want to kill an American, any American, just kill yourself instead!


21 posted on 01/26/2006 8:36:04 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: GeekDejure

many thanks for the post.


22 posted on 01/26/2006 8:38:36 PM PST by the crow (I'm from the government. I'm here to help.)
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To: garyhope
">Actually, one Texan is worth 2 of everybody else. "

Most Texans are worth W or better!
Double up Dubya!!! Aces High!!!

Kill A Commie For Mommie
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23 posted on 01/26/2006 8:39:05 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("If you're talking to AQ, we want to know why!" Yogi Berra couldn't have said it any plainer!)
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To: GeekDejure

Unfortunately, it's false. Urban Legend.

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/america2.htm

It was actually written by an American professor in 2001, not by an Australian dentist last week.


24 posted on 01/26/2006 8:41:00 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: GeekDejure

BUMP!


25 posted on 01/26/2006 8:42:20 PM PST by minus_273
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To: GeekDejure

That's a good one to end the evening on. Good night Geek and thanks for posting.


26 posted on 01/26/2006 8:45:20 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: GeekDejure

Bump


27 posted on 01/26/2006 8:51:49 PM PST by freedom9
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To: GeekDejure
The last paragraph is missing from your post:

"So look around you. You may find more Americans in your land than you thought were there. One day they will rise up and overthrow the old, ignorant, tired tyrants that trouble too many lands. Then those lands, too, will join the community of free and prosperous nations.

And America will welcome them"

28 posted on 01/26/2006 9:06:47 PM PST by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Chloe O'Brian ROCKS!!!)
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To: Strategerist

"Unfortunately, it's false. Urban Legend.
http://www.snopes.com/rumors/america2.htm
It was actually written by an American professor in 2001, not by an Australian dentist last week."



Okay, so it's "false".

Snopes has been known to dispense purest fertilizer with the best of 'em.

I just happen to like it, and whoever wants to claim authorship can do so with my profoundest thanks.


29 posted on 01/26/2006 9:08:39 PM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (I can't really accept a welcome home until the last MIA does.)
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To: GeekDejure
What is an American? By Peter Ferrara, 25 September 2001
30 posted on 01/26/2006 9:09:48 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Cindy

Disregard the question in post no. 8.
Thanks to by A.A. Cunningham for providing this link:

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-ferrara092501.shtml

Guest comment on NRO

"What Is An American?
A primer."
By Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law.
September 25, 2001 9:20 a.m.


COMMENTARY SNIPPET: "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 there an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So I just thought I would write to let them know what an American is, so they would know when they found one."


31 posted on 01/26/2006 9:24:55 PM PST by Cindy
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To: LifeTrek

Wow!


32 posted on 01/26/2006 10:23:15 PM PST by LifeTrek (http://lifetrek.blogspot.com)
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To: GeekDejure

Which reminds me: I'm offering a bounty on the head of Osama binLaden. A bottle of Bourbon and $2000 to the soldier or troops that nail this pig-humping son of a prostitute.


33 posted on 01/27/2006 7:50:47 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Cindy

Wow that is a great essay. Our strength comes from our diversity. I know there is an old joke europeans like to tell about how we are just the castoffs of european society originally- all the artistocracy and "better" blood of europe stayed there and their "losers" came to start over in America. As snooty and insulting as that image is- I love it- here we are, all on equal footing- all having the same opportunity to make of yourself whatever you want without the government telling you what to do or watching you and without the restrictions of class like in those old european countries. We're all just rolling up our sleeves together and getting to work- to make our lives better for ourselves and our families, and sharing the wealth of our knowledge and prosperity with the rest of the world. Including those elitist Eurosnobs.


34 posted on 01/27/2006 8:00:19 AM PST by lawgirl (She's more fun than Colorado and more far out than Maine.....)
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To: Brad's Gramma

That's probably true. We do have our share of "plus size" Texans. Understand, I didn't say "fat" now. I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's "feelin's"


35 posted on 01/27/2006 8:18:38 AM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: Strategerist
Thanks, I thought this sounded familiar. Don't cha just love Snopes? I refer friends to it all time to counter all the junk they send me.
36 posted on 01/27/2006 8:21:35 AM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: Strategerist

I can smell a hoax a mile away. I had a hunch this was a hoax when I read it. It was just too perfect, like that Robin Williams hoax from a while back....


37 posted on 01/27/2006 8:29:40 AM PST by Theo
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