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To Kill an American

By Garion11 ·
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 the following to let everyone know what an American is, so they would know when they found one. (Good on ya, 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 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 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 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, 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. 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 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.

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You know this is very old. Spam.

by tbragsda In reply to To Kill an American

This is spam. The sentiment is nice, but its just spam.

Just search on "So an Australian dentist wrote". You will get 20k+ hits.

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by ippirate In reply to To Kill an American

Actually tbrags, your kinda right but pretty well dead wrong. It wasn't a dentist, it was a law professor and it was printed originally in National Review, September 25th, 2001.

Here's the link:

The article is actually a brief essay written by Peter Ferrara, Assoc. Prof. of Law, George Mason University.

All you have to do is read the entirety of the article at break the chain and do a little research.

One other thing, here is a more current article similar to the one quoted in the essay.

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Just how am I wrong then?

by tbragsda In reply to

I did read re: the nationalreview at the end of the break the chain. Don't see how anything I have said is wrong.

The qutote "So an Australian dentist wrote" was from Garions post. These canned feel good emails come in many different iterations, I was replying to the one Garion had posted.

Has anyone offered a reward for killing Americans? Sure. We have offered rewards for killing our enemy too.

My only point is, these email bits, jingoistic ribbons etc. all perpetuate the "good war" idea. They have no real substance. Just like our enemy will use tactics to motivate their people.

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My answer

by ippirate In reply to Just how am I wrong then?

The impression left by your original post was that the content was erroneous. It is so, in that, it was posted as having come from an Australian dentist. That is the end of the "lack of fact". The letter's body is made up entirely of an article that was written by the good professor and cites an article, one of many at that, that has run on more than one occassion. To simply dismiss the post as pulp because Garion was simple enough to post the spamicized version is a tad trite I think. To dismiss it as nothing but a politically motivated, pro-war, "good-war" piece of propaganda is outright unjust. It was originally written 14 days following the attacks and cites an ignorant newspaper add as part motivator. If anything political, I think it attempts to show just how asinine the individual was that placed the notice to begin with. The content of it holds a very real sentiment not to mention holding some very hopeful insight to this nation.
Is America guiltless? No, I don't think that there is a nation in the world that could lay that claim to itself. Is she still an example? I very much think so. I find it drastically funny how far some go to say that she is undesirable but those self same wear American fashions, watch American programs and consume American products. Not to mention the massive numbers that flock here yearly to visit, not just resorts and entertainment venues but the seats of government and history or the great many that immigrate each year.
If your comment was meant only to point out that his post was erroneous in that it credited an Australian dentist then I apologize for the comments made. If it was, however, to invalidate the post, it's sentiments or the factuality of the offer for American blood by persons in Pakistan and other nations of the world, you'll just have to color me the opposition and call me an instigator.

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OK. Good answer.

by tbragsda In reply to My answer

I think we both have cleared a misunderstanding.

I call into question Garions motives for the post, not the feelings of the original author. In this context, I believe Garion's motive was to say "see how good we are? See how bad they are?".

I don't have to premises everything I say with "I love my country", but that seems to been the case for several years now. My country is a shining example, but is not right in every case, and we have the responsibility to point out when WE are wrong. It is my fault as much as any when we do wrong. I ask my country to maintain a higher standard for its policies, politicians, and citizens. Thats why we are examples to the world.

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by ippirate In reply to OK. Good answer.

I'll concede to that point and I apologize for the aggressive stance.

Thanks for patience

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