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TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
This article from a Canadian newspaper is worth sharing.
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, war mongering 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."

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As an American I say, stand proud, America! Wear it proudly! America is truly the best place in the world. We never get the credit we deserve for all the kind acts that our country does.

For the people harboring Osama Bin Laden (Afghanistan) and Bin Laden himself watch out because we are coming. You don't murder America's children without expecting some backlash.
It is a good that the people of Afghanistan are expecting America to retiliate because the innocent children and people of this poverty ridden country could get shelter before we flatten it.
I saw a news clip of a woman and with no teeth clapping and smiling about the attacks on the wtc and the pentagon.
It amazes me that a country is so miserable that it gets it's only happiness from the death of thousands of innocent people. These people were fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children and relatives of people from all around the world. The WTC housed companies from 26 different countries. People like this woman should burn in hell or be strapped to the tomahawk missiles that will be arriving soon!
 
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It was originally written in the 70's. Nice thoughts though.
 
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AMEN!!!
i say it again AMEN!!!
 
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a girl from South Africa in my Political Science class said this morning:
"America needs to cut-back on foreign aid and spend the money on your (America's) problems... you (America) have been so kind to other country's, but now it is time to take care of yourselves..."
i wanted to kiss her.
 
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Originally posted by Greg Harris:

i wanted to kiss her.


Was she cute??
 
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I can remember only recently that America sent tons of wheat to feed the Afghan people. And see what they do for America in return!! And God only knows what is going to happen to those UN aid workers held captive in Afghanistan!! This small country doesn't even have money to feed their citizens but has enough hatred to kill thousands in America !! What a SHAME !!
 
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Come on.
This is a little biased.
Help for other countries (from Europe or the USA) often have strong political rationales (to stabilize a pro-West government, to keep access to primer goods like oil.) . We don't do that ONLY for humanitarian reasons.
Many good and expensive educated people leave the�r countries and help flourish the US-economy (brain-drain effect).
There a good reasons to dislike US-CO2 policy.
Sometimes your politicians make mistakes (Viet Nam, Central America)
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The poverty stricken people of Afghanistan are NOT who we should be looking to punish. The Taliban has inflicted enough on them already. For the most part they are too poor and exhausted to be any threat to anyone.
The difficulty is separating the oppressed population there from the extremists that are in control and the terrorists that need to be "dealt with".
 
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Cindy,
My sentiments exactly.
 
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Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
The poverty stricken people of Afghanistan are NOT who we should be looking to punish. The Taliban has inflicted enough on them already. For the most part they are too poor and exhausted to be any threat to anyone.


Do you know that for sure? Do you know that they dont support the taliban? Im sure lots of them dont, but i have a hard time using that as an excuse.
 
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Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
The poverty stricken people of Afghanistan are NOT who we should be looking to punish. The Taliban has inflicted enough on them already. For the most part they are too poor and exhausted to be any threat to anyone.
The difficulty is separating the oppressed population there from the extremists that are in control and the terrorists that need to be "dealt with".


I don't think we are looking to hurt the innocent people of Afghanistan so much as we are looking to wipe their government off the face of the earth. There is a difference.
 
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But it would be SO easy to generalize and get the feeling that we should wipe any Afghanistan person off the face of the earth. War is difficult that way. Anger runs wild.
Especially in this case where the terrorists are NOT restricted to just Afghanistan.
I am truely afraid that we are going to build an animosity for Islam (which is NOT the enemy), instead of believing that the Islams should be able to follow their faith without its format being legislated by their government. Especially a group which promotes terrorism as a method of evangelising.
 
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Oh yeah, I am sure that some percent of them DO respect and voluntarily follow the Taliban. They should be allowed to be "fundamentalist" Islams if they want (minus the Taliban as a governing agency), as long as they don't impose it on the whole country, especially using terrorism.
 
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