Today is Australia Day (formerly known as Foundation Day), which originally commemorated the beginning of the colonization of New South Wales, and is now the national day of Australia. Every American should have warm and generous thoughts for our Australian cousins today: their nation descended from the same mother country as our own. Australians have been our strong allies in two world wars, in Korea, in Vietnam and now in Iraq. Congratulations, Australia, and enjoy your holiday. The rest of us will have a Foster’s or three and think of our friends "down under."