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Posted: 9/13/2001 6:04:15 AM EDT
> 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 abut > 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!
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