"The following is an inspirational
article said to have been written by an Australian dentist.
It says that in Pakistan, a published report said there was
a reward available to anyone who killed an American. The article
goes on to describe the ethnic and religious diversity as
well as the character of Americans.
This was published in National Review magazine
shortly after the Attack on America in September, 2001. It
was written by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law
at the George Mason University School of Law."
An American is English, French, Italian, Irish, German, Spanish,
Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Mexican, African,
Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani,
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, 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
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
man and woman 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. The best products, the best books,
the best music, the best food, the best athletes.
Americans welcome the best, but they also welcome the least.
The national symbol of America 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 in the morning of September
11, earning a better life for their families. [I've been told
that the people in the Towers were from at least 30, and maybe
many more, 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 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.
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!
Pass this around the World and God bless our wonderful nation.