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An Article on
"What is an American" in Response to Reports of Rewards in
Pakistan for Killing an American-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor
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.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
An American is English, French, Italian, Irish,
German, Spanish, Polish,
Russian or Greek. An American may also be Mexican, African, Indian,
Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani, or Afghan. An
American may also be a Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, or
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
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
which recognizes the God given right of each man and woman to the
An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every
nation in the world in their time of need. When Afghanistan was overrun
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
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
symbol of America welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse
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, earning a better life for their families.
been told that the people in the Towers were from at least 30, and maybe
many more, other countries, cultures, and first languages, including
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 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.
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,
will join the community of free and prosperous nations. And America will
Pass this around the World!
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