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Old 09-12-2001, 11:09 PM   #1
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Default I want to do an "encore" here.

About 8 months ago I received this from an aquaintence and posted it here on Sports Central. I think it is worthy of being posted here again


TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES

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! 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. I am just a single American that has read this.

I SURE HOPE THAT A LOT MORE READ IT SOON

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Old 09-12-2001, 11:44 PM   #2
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That was good to bring that article back up, Tsmaz. Very appropriate. Thank you.
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Old 09-13-2001, 08:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: I want to do an "encore" here.

As a Canadian, I actually do agree with a lot of the points made by Sinclair, BUT....
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"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"
If this is referring to WWII, every country on the "winning" side of WWII -- Britian, the USA, and Russia -- was given a few countries over in Europe to help recouperate after the war was over.... Russia got all those countries to the immediate West of them that they used to build the "Iron Curtain"... so I guess it happened that the USA got Germany and Japan, from what this article tells me.

Also, I will quote myself as to what I said from the thread that this was originally posted in:
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Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble?
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...we do a lot of not-so-nice things behind the scenes, too. It is just that nobody knows about that stuff.
...might I remind everyone that the USA came into the biggest war on Earth's history, World War II, when it was HALF OVER, and even then, only when THEY were threatened!??...

...I also find it ridicously stupid that America tries to help other countries with their electoral process, and they can't even do it properly themselves.
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Old 09-13-2001, 10:07 AM   #4
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...might I remind everyone that the USA came into the biggest war on Earth's history, World War II, when it was HALF OVER, and even then, only when THEY were threatened!??...
Lee, that was the government's attitude at the time...a hands-off approach to the war. It may not be that way today.

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...I also find it ridicously stupid that America tries to help other countries with their electoral process, and they can't even do it properly themselves.
That was a fluke. How many other times have was had a problem like that? None. So, there needs to a better system if its close...we've never had one that close before. We weren't sure what to do.
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That was a fluke. How many other times have was had a problem like that? None. So, there needs to a better system if its close...we've never had one that close before. We weren't sure what to do.
You weren't sure what to do?... Do like us and actually count them instead of using these technological devices that don't work!!!... still, you have to admit, it's very ironic.
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