Subject: Finally someone says it right !!!
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 18:07:34 -0500

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, or French, or Italian, Irish, German,
Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican,
African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, 
Pakistani, or Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage,
Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, or one of the many other tribes known as
native Americans.  An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or

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 is from 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 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

Americans welcome the best, the best products, the best books, the
best music, the best food, the best athletes. But they also welcome the

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, 2002 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 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 every bloodthirsty tyrant in
the history of the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing

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.