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jccuneo@bellsouth.net jccuneo@bellsouth.net
Wed, 12 Sep 2001 18:58:38 -0500

I just found this article and wanted to pass it along.  It truly does 
reflect the spirit of the United States and, in general, how little the 
world cares in return.  As in most cases when something bad in the US 
happens, you will see a lot of platitudes, but no real assistance.   I have 
scoured for news during the day.  Frankly I have seen little immediate help 
beyond the assistance from Canada (bless you folks).  Belgium is sending 
burn specialists.   As far as medical and rescue help that is *all* I could 
find.  I am hoping for any European country to offer up its specialized 
rescue squads they have in the Alps for finding people under the snow.  If 
anything, those we could surely use.  I can't express my frustration at 
seeing so little, but I will try.

The little bit of help we have received is the passing of Article V by 
NATO.  Hopefully that will serve to let countries of the world to get the 
f*** out of the way when the US finds it target, which is probably the best 
thing they can do at this point.  Even then I wonder if the French will 
refuse to allow use of its airspace, which they did when the US went after 
Khadafi (which was incredibly successful - he has not poked his head up in 
years).  Perhaps now that kind of attitude coddling terrorism will finally 

This may sound bitter, and it is, but the death toll is likely to eclipse 
the 22,000 dead on the worst day in American history at Antietam.  With the 
strong possibility of that, countries should be barging through the doors 
with help, particularly with medical and specialized rescue help.  Belgium 
is coming - where is everyone else?  As usual, the US will stand proudly 
alone and grow stronger than ever.

You may not have heard this overseas yet but this is the talk in the US at 
this point.  Right now the US is in shock.  Soon, it will be more pissed 
off than you can imagine, as I am already.  Frankly, if you happen to live 
in a country that makes a habit of harboring and training terrorists (Iran, 
Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea, Lebanon, Yemen, etc.) my advice 
would be to leave, quick.  If you aren't, then get the hell out of the way, 
because when the hammer falls you don't want to be in its path.

Anyway, here it is:

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:

America: The Good Neighbor.

"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!