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Saturday-- March 2, 2002—Ground Zero Plus 172

Terrorism's Toughest Decision
"Who Is The Enemy?"
Cliff McKenzie
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News

        GROUND ZERO, New York City, Mar. 2--I have a few friends in this world.  Someone said just a few is all a man or a woman needs.  Frank Calley, a former top FBI agent and U.S. Marine, is one of them.  Frank is a short, tough guy straight out of a Mickey Spillane novel.  He's the kind of "cop" that gets the job done, no matter where he has to go or what he's got to do to get the "bad guy."   He captured some of the nation's biggest bank robbers.  I wouldn't want him hunting me.
      He recently sent an email about What Is An American In The Eyes Of  A Terrorist.  I reprint it here to illustrate the insanity of attacking "America" in hopes of jihad retribution.   It reminds us all that America's vow to hunt down and eliminate Terrorism is not just a national, but a global goal.  
      Here are Frank's comments and the email.

Frank's Comments:  I usually skip the deep patriotic writings, not because I don't agree with them, as I do with most, but because I consider deep patriotism on par with religious preference. Nonetheless, that which follows from a San Antonio compadre, describes our nation, our people and my feelings.


(The following is said to have been written by a dentist in
"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 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 Mexican, African,
Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or
Pakistani, or Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage,
Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, 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
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, or not 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
national 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. Some 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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