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I'd like to pass on this story from a Canadian which gives another perspective.
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 8:36 PM

> I needed to read this in light of today's events.....
> 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 in1956, 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! Wear it proudly!!
> 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.
> I would hope that each of you would send this to as many people as you
> can and emphasize that they should send it to as many of their friends
> until this letter is sent to every person on the web.



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