Tess Livingstone writes in the Australia Courier-Mail that Australia may become our 51st state. American-born historian David Mosler says there's a 20% chance of Australia becoming a state in the next 50 years, and chances would increase if there was an al-Qaeda attack on Australia or if nearby Indonesia becomes a fundamentalist Islamic country.
Mosler says Australians have no national flag and a weak sense of nationhood and have simply replaced their former British culture with American ideas. Some of the advantages for them as a state would be becoming part of the U.S. military, using the world's strongest currency, gaining a Bill of Rights, and fielding basketball and baseball teams.
Some of our most incredible letters about UFOs have come from Australia.
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