September 14th, 2001, 02:39 AM
Has anyone ever read this? It was e-mailed to me by a friend. I'm not sure what the background is, except that it's not new. It was written by a Canadian in reponse to another American Tragedy (I don't know which one). If anyone has any information on that I'd be interested. I thought that it was quite appropriate in light of our most recent tragedy. When I read this I thought about the people in Palestine dancing in the streets to "celebrate" our devistation:
Thanks to someone who spoke out...
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 Canadian 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
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
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
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
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!!
September 14th, 2001, 06:36 AM
Yes, the first time I saw that article was probably 2 or 3 years ago, and it made me smile. When I became a "fan" (I refuse to say addict lol) of "chatting" online, I was sometimes rudely shocked to find out the USA is not fondly looked upon by other countries. There is jealously, resentment, and just pure hatred out there towards us. It felt good to know SOMEONE out there took the time to notice all the things our young country has tried to do for other countries.
I was not surprised to see it re-surface with all that is going on.... seems like a lot of people are showing their patriotism, and it's about d*mn time lol.
September 14th, 2001, 08:06 AM
I agree it IS about time!
I just returned from a very touching memorial service in the auditorium of the college where I work. It's too bad it takes tragedy to bring us all together! It ended with all of us standing and singing "God Bless America". There were very few dry eyes!
September 15th, 2001, 08:03 AM
A copy of this was put in my mailbox at work yesterday. I forgot to bring it home. Thanks for posting it- now I can share it with my family.
September 15th, 2001, 08:16 AM
Yes, several people have e-mailed this article to me in recent days. Thanks for posting it for everyone.