Friday, August 19, 2011

To Kill an American

(Received in a forwarded email recently)

You probably missed this in the rush of news, 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 an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one. (Good one, 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 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 ..
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 General Tojo , and Stalin , and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty 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.


Amelia said...

This is good Maxine, very nice reading today. : ) Good for that dentist!

Hope all is well dear friend! ~Amelia

Linda said...

Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this Maxine. You always manage to find the hidden gems.

Susan said...

Such truth and a good reminder for ALL of us. Thanks for posting it.

Denise said...

OMG......... That is wonderful...... thanks for posting.. I think I need to post this on my blog or point it to you. Hope you are well..... it has been such a terrible terrible summer and I usually love the summer but am ready for the fall... We are still in a drought and no need rain....

Have a wonderful weekend my friend and I am sooooooo glad to be back here with my buddies...

Maxine said...

Post it, Denise, post it! Good to hear from my good friends here. Boy do I owe visits big time!

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Laurie said...

This is such a wonderful post, Maxine, and I am glad you shared it. I may share it, too, sometime, if that is ok. I hope all is well with you, dear friend!
Blesings and hugs,

Maxine said...

Of course you can, Laurie! Doing well, and blessings to you!

Barbara said...

I love this, Maxine. So many just think Americans are against them without realizing so many Americans are actually of so many different nationalities!