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|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. 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 terrorism 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
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 5,000 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.
"Stand proud, America!"
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