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> This is from a Canadian newspaper and 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 broadcast. > >"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 >LockheedTri-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! > Little bit Farm
-- Little bit farm (littleBit@compworldnet.com), September 12, 2001
LBF that is from the 1970's. I wonder if any Canadian's believe that way today?
-- Kenneth in N.C. (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 16, 2001.