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It’s about time. Thanks Canada.

This is an email I was sent. It follows:

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
“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 discourage 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! Wear it proudly!!

End of message.

Thank you.

Very true…never knew that!


I don’t know if a historical slant on this actually matters or not, but that was actually broadcast on June 5, 1973. In the 18 years since it broadcast the effect has been unnoticable.


Sorry, I meant 28 years. I should have used a calculator.


Rembrandt: Could you give any more specifics on the who and the where. Or just tell me enough so I can look it up.

Gordon Sinclair wrote that, he was a CBC radio
journalist who died in 1984.That editorial is
on occasion printed in major newspapers whenever something fucked happens to you Americans.

There were 100,000 people at the Parliment Buildings in Ottawa, Canada for the commemoration of Tuesdays events. For our American readers this tragedy sickened us. And just like you we hope to see not just an act of revenge but vengence and trust me there is a big difference between the two. Revenge is just retaliation; vengence is where you completely destroy your enemey. Canadian author George Jonas has a book called “Vengence” about the Israeli response to the Munich Olympics of 1972.