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ANGEL4U
09.12.01, 04:25 PM
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
> >
> >
> >America: The Good Neighbor.
> >
> >Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a
> >remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair,
> >a Canadian television commentator.
> >What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as
> >printed in the Congressional Record:
> >
> >
> >"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as
> >the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people
> >on all the earth.
> >Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were
> >lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in
> >billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts.
> >None of these countries is today paying even the interest
> >on its remaining debts to the United States.
> >
> >When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the
> >Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted
> >and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
> >
> >When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States
> >that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities
> >were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
> >
> >The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars
> >into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are
> >writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
> >
> >I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over
> >the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane.
> >Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal
> >the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10?
> >If so, why don't they fly them?
> >Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American
> >Planes?
> >
> >Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or
> >woman on the moon?
> >You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios.
> >You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles.
> >
> >You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the
> >moon-not once, but several times-and safely home again.
> >You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right
> >in the store window for everybody to look at.
> >
> >Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are
> >here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking
> >Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home
> >to spend here.
> >
> >When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down
> >through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them.
> >When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke,
> >nobody loaned them an old caboose.
> >Both are still broke.
> >
> >I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of
> >other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when
> >someone else raced to the Americans in trouble?
> >I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco
> >earthquake.
> >
> >Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is
> >damned tired of hearing them get kicked around.
> >They will come out of this thing with their flag high.
> >And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at
> >the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope
> >Canada is not one of those."
> >
> >
> >Stand proud, America!

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seenbad
09.12.01, 04:43 PM
Very nice to read. Thanks Angel for posting, and thank you Canadians that concur.

JWS_5150
09.12.01, 04:49 PM
Great read - thanks for posting that. smilies/smile.gif

track 5
09.12.01, 05:09 PM
I agree. That's a great read, and kind of touching. GOD love our Canadian brothers and sisters. Out.

Brett
09.12.01, 05:16 PM
Wow that was a great read.

Dan Halen
09.12.01, 05:46 PM
Awesome. smilies/smile.gif

diggyd
09.12.01, 07:20 PM
Excellent read! I agree with most of it. Keep in mind though in times of international duress, England followed by Germany always offer any kind of aid that they can especially when able. I have relatives in Germany and Germany has always been very supportive of America in every way possible. They are just not the most vocal of people. England always jumps to help the US. Very few times in recent history they have not. In fact, England and Germany played an equal role with the US in Kosovo. I think it sucks that we Americans always get the finger pointed at us but that's what happens when you try to take the lead and set examples.

laner
09.12.01, 10:04 PM
well, as a canadian, i think that the journalist neglected to point out that we are always there for the USA. and this time is no different.
even our blood banks are full of donors to help this cause, and i hope that you guys know that you will be able to count on canada to assist you in getting through this. smilies/smile.gif
you can count on it.

Top Timmy
09.12.01, 10:24 PM
Very very touching indeed. Put a lump in my throat and a tear to my eye.

Thanks ANGEL4U for posting this. smilies/biggrin.gif

@gent
09.13.01, 02:20 AM
Much, much appreciation, I read this on another BBS site...With what's going on, reading this made me feel greatfull that our brothers from Canada see what atrocisitees have happened. But who's backyard is next?

Terrorism...Hate it, stop it, kill it dead in it's tracks.
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"Fate will only take you so far. After that, it's up to you."

[ September 13, 2001 at 02:56 AM: Message edited by: @gent ]

Goo
09.13.01, 02:27 AM
Every time Americas gone to war in the 20th century, Australias been there. During the big fires in montana last year, we sent firefighters, and we've got firefighters getting ready to go if needed now. The list goes on, and theres probably plenty of help sent back in return as needed.

But the sentiments of the guy who wrote the article are fair, even if his facts arn't - America does tend to cop a raw deal.

LA
09.13.01, 06:10 AM
There are some errors, you're right Goo, but nonetheless, what a great read! The sentiment is what's most touching to me!

Goo
09.13.01, 06:27 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LA:
The sentiment is what's most touching to me!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

100% agreed

seenbad
09.13.01, 09:44 AM
Something to keep in mind, and that I just learned, is that this was written in 1973 by a famous Canadian Journalist so other nations contributions to US efforts post that point will not have been considered in this note.

lawchick
09.13.01, 12:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by seenbad:
. . . this was written in 1973 by a famous Canadian Journalist . . . . <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Yes, I've read this wonderful editorial many times before, and I know it still speaks for the Canadian people, whom we Americans love. The outpouring of concern, support and shock from the entire world means everything to us. America loves and appreciates you! smilies/smile.gif