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  1. Subject: Americans

    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 the following to let everyone know what
    an American is, so they would know when they found one.
    An American is English, French, Italian, Irish, German, Spanish,
    Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Greek.
    An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese,
    Japanese, Dutch, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani, or
    Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho,
    Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.
    An American is Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, etc. In fact there
    are more Muslim in America than in Afghanistan.
    The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of
    them choses. 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 speek for the government and to God.
    An American is from the most properous 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. When Afghanistan was
    overrun 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: the best products, the best books, the best
    music, the best food, the best athletes. 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,the 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
    earning a better life for their families.
    I've been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30
    other countries, cultures and first languages, including those who aided and
    abetted the terrorists. So you can try to kill an American if you must.
    Hitler did, so did General Tojo, Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung and every blood
    thirsty tyrant in the history of 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.

    Pass this around the world......
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   SharonH, RN
    That is so wonderful. It takes an Australian to remind us what America is really about. Unfortunately there are those here in America who have forgotten that and who are busily working to change that essence of America in the name of patriotism and fighting terrorism.
  4. by   NurseRachy
    What a legend!! I think this is the best thing i have ever read here. I wish everyone in the universe realises this.
    To quote Russel Crowe " God Bless America, God save the Queen, God defend New Zealand and THANK CHRIST FOR AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!"
    Love Rachel @}-->--------------
  5. by   rncountry
    Thank you furball, I really enjoyed that. And thanks to the Aussie who is able to remind not only the world, but Americans who we are. It is so important we not lose sight of that.
  6. by   donmurray
    Don't all get too excited! this is Snopes2.com's take on this, another urban legend.

    Origins: As the reaction to pieces from a Canadian broadcaster and a Romanian journalist demonstrate, Americans take great delight in encomiums to America and Americans authored by citizens of other nations.

    This piece isn't such a case. The "What is an American?" article quoted above was not penned by an Australian (or a dentist), but by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law in Northern Virginia. Mr. Ferrara's commentary was originally published in the National Review on 25 September 2001.
  7. by   SharonH, RN
    Originally posted by donmurray
    Don't all get too excited! this is Snopes2.com's take on this, another urban legend.

    Origins: As the reaction to pieces from a Canadian broadcaster and a Romanian journalist demonstrate, Americans take great delight in encomiums to America and Americans authored by citizens of other nations.

    This piece isn't such a case. The "What is an American?" article quoted above was not penned by an Australian (or a dentist), but by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law in Northern Virginia. Mr. Ferrara's commentary was originally published in the National Review on 25 September 2001.

    HA! That figures.
  8. by   rncountry
    donmurray, I love you. I swear I do. I still like the piece too.
  9. by   renerian
    I liked the piece alot as well. Thanks for posting it.

    renerian
  10. by   sjoe
    An interesting look at crowd phenomena, one of which is urban legends, is offered by Robert Menschel in his book "Markets, Mobs & Mayhem: A Modern Look at the Madness of Crowds."
  11. by   Furball


    ....just when I needed something positive...find it...and then discover it's a fraud!

    boooohoooo......

    I still like it, regardless
  12. by   Tilleycs
    I agree, I think it's still TRUE (which is the real issue), regardless of the source. I just hope it DOES get passed around the world.

    All these countries that are criticizing the US, if they got attacked, guess who would be the first to come to their aid and defense, whether they asked for it or not?
  13. by   Nancy kisor
    I don't think that they hate americans. It is probably the people who are running this great nation. I have traveled through pakistan, india, and parts of the middle east.
  14. by   Mkue
    I love this great nation !

    USA USA USA
    Last edit by mkue on Feb 18, '03

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