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Gordon Sinclair's "The Americans"

There's a few different variants I've seen going around as Gordon Sinclair's (a Canadian radio commentator) "recent" speech (it's 20 years old). I've also seen a claim that it's false. Here's a little more information on it, as well as the real text that he wrote:

"LET'S BE PERSONAL" Broadcast June 5, 1973 CFRB, Toronto, Ontario

Topic: "The Americans"

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. 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 those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc 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 distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 107? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women 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 everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them ... unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the Israel bonds, Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

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 to 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.

Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them 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 these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters .. with the year less than half-over� has taken it all and nobody...but nobody... has helped.


This is the sort of attitude and unity we need. Not lets kill whoever did this. This attitude will get is MUCH farther than any attack plan. Thanks for posting that Christopher.. Finally.. something has cheered me up. *cuddles*
This, of course, is crap.

The first example that springs to mind, because it's local - when California was burning, Australia sent expert firefighters to help.

Today, thousands of people diverted from US airports are being housed in Canada.

NATO has enacted, for the first time, the clause that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on them all.

Australia is likely to do the same with the ANZUS treaty, and has offered full support - America just needs to ask. I'm sure we're not the only country.

America's the richest country on earth. Any monetary aid we could offer would be a drop in the bucket. But we offer support and assistance in those ways we can, and the repeated posting of flamebait like the above has just annoyed the fuck out of me.

Meanwhile, if the USA would use its power over the World Bank and the WTO to drop the crippling debts it is holding over the heads of the third world and making a neat amount of pocket money out of. If the USA would stop the practice of making aid dependant on countries dropping local protections for trade and workers that help local industries compete with the USA (while retaining their protective subsidies at home, a case of "do what I say, not what I do"). If the USA would tell its companies to stop exploiting the third world for cheap labour. If the USA would re-enter the Kyoto protocol, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. If the USA would count human rights abuses in China over the interests of Disney and News Corp.

Then I'd applaud.
Oh, and as a counterbalance to the boosterism posted above, I'd like to extract a piece from Michael Moore's message for today.


What I do know is that all day long I have heard everything about this bin Laden guy except this one fact � WE created the monster known as Osama bin Laden!

Where did he go to terrorist school? At the CIA!

Don�t take my word for it � I saw a piece on MSNBC last year that laid it all out. When the Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan, the CIA trained him and his buddies in how to commits acts of terrorism against the Soviet forces. It worked! The Soviets turned and ran. Bin Laden was grateful for what we taught him and thought it might be fun to use those same techniques against us.

We abhor terrorism � unless we�re the ones doing the terrorizing.

We paid and trained and armed a group of terrorists in Nicaragua in the 1980s who killed over 30,000 civilians. That was OUR work. You and me. Thirty thousand murdered civilians and who the hell even remembers!

We fund a lot of oppressive regimes that have killed a lot of innocent people, and we never let the human suffering THAT causes to interrupt our day one single bit.

We have orphaned so many children, tens of thousands around the world, with our taxpayer-funded terrorism (in Chile, in Vietnam, in Gaza, in Salvador) that I suppose we shouldn�t be too surprised when those orphans grow up and are a little whacked in the head from the horror we have helped cause.



I wouldn't call it crap. . . I'd call it a propoganda piece, much like your response was. Both are technically accurate, for the most part, but both are also very one-sided and leave out anything that isn't beneficial to the point they are trying to make.

As it is, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude at how quickly so many countries have jumped up with offers of support and help. It's a testament to the "goodness" residing in the human race that in Canada, Europe, and possibly Asia and Australia, numerous donor stations were forced to turn away prospective blood donors due to the sheer number of people volunteering.

Either way, the reason I posted this was primarily because I was tired of seeing altered forms of it posted, and seeing it called "recent" when it's 20 years old. I was hoping to correct a bit of the (enormous amount of) misinformation circulating.

"There are always three sides to every story. . ."