Since Nov 28, 2001

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29 yrs old. Living in New Orleans. Working as a defense contractor doing network engineering and information security. Lived in Europe for 3 years, spend some time in DC. Fixin' to get married to a beautiful girl from Finland.

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I think the American people, the United States of America, presents a value system to the rest of the world that is based on democracy, based on economic freedom, based on the individual rights of men and women.  That is what has fueled this country of ours for the last 225 years.

I think that's what makes us such as draw for nations around the world.  People come to the United States.  They come to be educated.  They come to become Americans.  We are a country of countries, and we touch every country, and every country in the world touches us.

So, far from being the Great Satan, I would say that we are the Great Protector.  We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the past century to put down oppression.  We defeated Fascism.  We defeated Communism.  We saved Europe in World War I and World War II.  We were willing to do it, glad to do it.  We went to Korea.  We went to Vietnam.  All in the interest of preserving the rights of people. 

And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do?  Did we stay and conquer?  Did we say"  "Okay, we defeated Germany.  Now Germany belongs to us?  We defeated Japan, so Japan belongs to us"?  No.  What did we do?  We built them up.  We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul.  And did we ask for any land?  No, the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead.  And that is the kind of nation we are.  So, far from being the Satan, I think we are the protector of a universal value system that more and more people are recognizing as the correct value system:  democracy, economic freedom, the individual rights of men and women to pursue their own destiny.  That's what we stand for, and that's what we try to help other countries achieve as well. 

--U.S. Sec. of State Colin Powell on MTV