“To Kill An American”

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January, 2008

Americans – Turning the other cheek to killers

The narrative here is taken largely from the words written below – “What Is An American?” by Peter Ferarra. I found it very moving.

30th June, 2007


Below is a comment on an alleged offer of reward/ instruction/ suggestion/ order from on high/ call it what you will – which should give civilised people pause for thought.

It refers to a call published in a Pakistani nespaper to “kill an american”.

This comment on the call first appeared online on September 25th 2001, two weeks AFTER 9/11.

So it is not new, but that makes it even more relevant, not less.

The call to kill with a reward attached was purportedly published in a Pakistan newspaper. I have to say I have done a search and haven’t been able to find it, only reference to the Ferrara article referring to it. That does not mean it was never published. The mindset rings many bells.

If correct the reward to kill call was published in the week FOLLOWING 9/11

So, if true, it must have been something the Americans did in those few days following the plane carnage. Apart from weeping, mourning and trying to trace loved ones’ bodies.

Perhaps it was something that happened before. Something to do with President Bush Senior.

Enough of this self-indulgent liberal soul searching.

Made, allegedly, in the week following the 9/11 atrocities in the USA we need to understand something:


This hatred and killing agenda were NOT, as so often portrayed by the excuse makers in the west, an ‘understandable reaction’ to US invasion of Afghanistan or Iraq.

Neither was this agenda a consequence of American attempts at ‘grabbing oil’, or ‘worldwide domination’, or ’empire building’ .

It was NOT a result of western governments ‘fomenting’ unrest by their actions.


September 11th 2001 was the date many, including Tony Blair, came to terms with the need to act on fundamentalist terrorism. For that he has paid with his domestic political career and possibly his historical legacy.

There is a need for those of us with the time, inclination, interest and concern to try to debunk some of the myths that have sprung up around western (viz ‘American’) actions since the time of 9/11. The easy accusations thrown at western (‘American’) governments that they are “fomenting” Islamist fundamentalism unrest must be tackled head on.

Tony Blair and George Bush should NOT be left to stand alone on this issue.

For our former prime minister, this matter was more important by far than taking the easy way out. He determined to stick with his convictions to the end, no matter how opaque they were interpreted to be by confusion over intelligence, no matter how misguided they were deemed by those with an anti-American agenda, no matter how unpopular AND no matter if they led to his downfall.

As I say often at this blog, the liberal press has much to answer for. Due largely to their unbalanced contributions, it is clear that so far, the message has NOT proved acceptable.

We do NOT believe that there was a threat prior to 9/11. We are persuaded that WE caused it. ‘We’ are wrong.

The article can be found here as well as at many other sites.

It is pasted below for your convenience, because it is all about YOU, American or not. It is also referenced here.

What Is An American?
A primer.

By Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law.
September 25, 2001 9:20 a.m.

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 there an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.So I just thought I would write to let them 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 African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan.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 choose.

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 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.

An American does not have to obey the mad ravings of ignorant, ungodly cruel, old men. American men will not be fooled into giving up their lives to kill innocent people, so that these foolish old men may hold on to power. American women are free to show their beautiful faces to the world, as each of them choose.

An American is free to criticize his government’s officials when they are wrong, in his or her own opinion. Then he is free to replace them, by majority vote.

Americans welcome people from all lands, all cultures, all religions, because they are not afraid. They are not afraid that their history, their religion, their beliefs, will be overrun, or forgotten. That is because they know they are free to hold to their religion, their beliefs, their history, as each of them choose.

And just as Americans welcome all, they enjoy the best that everyone has to bring, from all over the world. The best science, the best technology, 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 nation 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. Many of them were working in the twin towers on the morning of September 11, earning a better life for their families.

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.

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