Four corporate presidents, one English, one French, one Japanese and one
American, were on their way to an international business conference when they
were kidnapped by terrorists and taken to a secret hideout.
"You, your companies and your countries are enemies of the
Revolution," screamed the terrorist leader, "and you're going to be
executed! Do you have any last requests?"
The Englishman spoke first.
"Before I die, I want to honor my country and protest this barbaric act
by singing "God Save The Queen" to all your men."
"That can be arranged," said the terrorist.
The Frenchman said, "And I want to honor MY country before I die by
singing "The Marseilles" to your men."
The Japanese said, "Before I die, I wish to honor MY country by giving
the lecture I was going to present on the Japanese style of industrial
The terrorist turned finally to the American.
"What is YOUR last request?"
The American replied, "I want you to kill me right now so I don't have
to listen to another lecture on the Japanese style of industrial