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Date: Sunday, 16 September 2001, at 8:59 p.m.

This, from a Canadian newspaper, no less, 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!
> >
> >>This is one of the best editorials that I have ever
> >>read regarding the United States. It is nice that one
> >>man realizes it. I only wish that the rest of the
> >>world would realize it. We are always blamed for
> >>everything, and never even get a thank you for the
> >>things we do.
> >>Maybe each of you can send this to at least one per


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