Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 09:24:36 -0500

Author: Jack Boparai

Subject: RE: CHAT: WTC discussion.

Post:

Hello everyone:

I hope this message from a Canadian TV commentator would raise our spirits
up in these very difficult days. I received it from a friend last week.

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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!

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, SO SEND IT ON!



Best regards,

Jack Boparai
Physics Teaching Lab Specialist
Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Loomis 326, MC-704
1110 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: 217-333-2208 Fax: 217-333-9819 Email: jboparai@uiuc.edu
Physics Dept web homepage: http://www.physics.uiuc.edu/

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