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[pct-l] A Tribute to America
- Subject: [pct-l] A Tribute to America
- From: email@example.com (Margo Chisholm)
- Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 15:54:04 -0600
I received the following editorial from a Canadian newspaper
and feel it is absolutely worth sharing. We are a strong nation,
and it is particularly valuable at this time to have that
acknowledged by our neighbors.
Many of you responded to the essay I sent yesterday. Thank you
all for taking the time to send your prayers and words of comfort.
I am gathering some of them into a collection which I will publish
later in the week. If you'd like to have your words included please
write me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep loving each other and celebrate life,
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 broadcast.
"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
"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!
"At every moment of our life we have an
opportunity to choose joy."
Henri J. M. Nouwen
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