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.

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 Comanche,
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 lives in 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 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, never
asking a thing in return.

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!

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

Americans welcome the best of everything
the best products, the best books, the
best music, the best food, the best
services....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. 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 
Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung,
and other bloodthirsty 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.