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Im an American There was a time when I would have said that enthusiastically being proud of the country that I belong to and even prouder of what our country stands for From what I was taught and from what I once believed America was meant to be a land of equality It was a land that preached that all people have the right to live the way they choose to no matter what race color or creed Unfortunately those words only apply to those that are of one origin American Today however after having the opportunity to live outside the reach of the propaganda of the American media I can only proudly say that I am ashamed of our leaders of their hypocritical actions and mostly of the inability of the American people to do anything in the light of obvious disregard for humanity I grew up in a small town in New York My family and I lived ten happy years in our little white house on Chester Street When I was fifteen though my fathers job forced our entire family to move to what I believed to be a remote country in the Middle East I was less than thrilled by the move However I didnt have much say in the decision and after a few months of adjusting and a few more months in school I began to love the country that I was now a part of The people of the United Arab Emirates are peaceful and God-fearing Five times a day there are prayer calls reminding us to remember God in everything that we do Words such as InshAllah which means if God wills it are a part of every day vocabulary They lead lives just like we do here only there is a respect for God and life in everything they do Their lives are of no less value than the lives of Americans However this is
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