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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.

Last 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
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. 

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