November 26, 2008

WOULD YOU SHOW THEM HOW AN AMERICAN DIES?

I just heard about the attacks in India. It is horrifying.

Something caught my eye in the MSNBC article:

Alex Chamberlain, a British restaurant-goer at the Oberoi, told Sky News television that the attackers singled out Britons and Americans. He said a gunman, who appeared to be in his early 20s, ushered 30 or 40 people from the restaurant into a stairway and ordered everyone to put up their hands.

"They were talking about British and Americans specifically. There was an Italian guy, who, you know, they said: 'Where are you from?' And he said he's from Italy and they said 'fine' and they left him alone. And I thought: 'Fine, they're going to shoot me if they ask me anything — and thank God they didn't," he said.

Perhaps he just meant that they would recognize his accent, but the way I read it was that he would tell them the truth. If that's the right reading, he is very brave.

What would you do? Would you say that you're an American or would you lie and say you're Canadian or fake a French accent?

I think I would tell the truth. I hope I would.

Posted by: Sarah at 11:22 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I am a soldier stationed over in Korea, and I have to say, to you, to this Italian man, to anyone who would, or would like to think, that you would tell the truth and tell them you are an American, thank you. Those few Americans that still have that pride are what keeps us going when we are away from our families... You bring out a great deal of good old American pride in me. On Thanksgiving day, Thank you.

Posted by: Gypsy at November 26, 2008 02:03 PM (Xtvxj)

2 A little history lesson on how it's done: Ambrose R. Davenport September 11, 1772—March 13, 1858 While a prisoner of war during the War of 1812, Ambrose Davenport refused to swear allegiance to the British crown by saying: "I was born in America and am determined at all hazards, to live and die an American citizen." He was captured on Mackinac Island and taken to Detroit for his incarceration. In case any reader thinks this was easy for him --his wife and SIX children remained on the island.They were continually harrassed until his release in 1815.

Posted by: MaryIndiana at November 28, 2008 03:13 AM (SRyvm)

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