Re: thanks to one Canadian

From: Doug Groh (
Date: Thu Sep 13 2001 - 00:24:47 EEST

I remember reading that article when it was first circulated . I think
it was back during desert storm. Similar times and similar
circumstances. The magnitude yesterday was far worse. My best wishes to
the families of the thousands that perished.
Doug Groh

Elaine Hunt wrote:

> 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
> One Proud American who like her country gives more than receives,
> Elaine
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