What Is An American

I received this VIA email this morning. I felt it was worth of sharing with everyone. I am not sure that this really occured or not, I want to check snopes out, but even still….it’s a positive message about what we Americans are.

Written by an Australian Dentist

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 on 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 a 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, Navajo, Apache, Seminole, or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.

An American is Christian, or Jewish, or Buddhist,  or pagan (my personal addition to this editorial), 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 BELEIVE IN NO RELIGION! For that he will anwer only to god, not to the government or armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for god (I don’t think I agree with the answer to god bit).

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness. 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!

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.

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan.

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, 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.


~ by alegna75 on January 14, 2009.

One Response to “What Is An American”

  1. Wow! That is a nice reminder that America isn’t just the bad stuff you hear on the news. There is some good!

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