----got this from a friend----

The following, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing. Its subject is America: The Good Neighbor.

Widespread but only partial news coverage was giveen recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian televisioncommentator.

What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congresssional Record:

"This Canandian thinks it’s time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britian and Italy were lifted out of debris of war by the Americans who poured billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying for 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 Plaan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writting about the decandant, warmongering Americans. I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build it’s own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockhead 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 Japenese technology and you get radios. You talk about German technology, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technology, 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 draftdodgers 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 Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.

I can name you 5000 times when 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 intitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."

I’ve seen this a couple of times this week, and it isn’t always attributed to the correct author (though the SDMB has both times I’ve seen it here). It also seems to have been edited from the original.

I’ve found out a bit of the history of this fine editorial. It was written by a Toronto television commentator named Gordon Sinclair (1900-1984). The amazing thing, when looking at it from here in the year 2001, is that it was broadcast on June 5th, 1973. He was talking about the treatment the U.S. was receiving for the Vietnam War. However, I think many Canadians still stand by the sentiment. In fact, from what I’ve seen recently, many, many nations agree with what Sinclair said 28 years ago.

The version that is circulating on the net has been slightly edited, leaving out a couple of points that refer to the news of the week In which Sinclair was speaking. You can find the original script, as well as a Real Audio recording of his broadcast, at:

I had also received this, from my sister in California. It’s something that we, as Americans, already know.

I’m glad that others are taking notice.

Would the U.S., if offered any aid from abroad, accept it?

Or would we be too proud a nation, to accept?

Do we need any aid?

Just wondering.