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yet another foreign pointof view?

Posted by JudyS on 9/13/01 at 12:07 (060131)

I just received the following from a friend in Oklahoma - it's from a 'mass' emailing and I guess it's making the rounds:

Subject: A View from Outside the United States
> > >
> > >
> > > > Tribute to America
> > > >
> > > > I needed to read this in light of today's
> > > events.....
> > > > TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
> > > > This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
> > > > 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 sme4es.
> > > > 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.'

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Tammie on 9/13/01 at 13:00 (060142)

This indeed was interesting as most of the coments here on the board. Tho not all agree nor disagree we are all in this together as Americans and enjoying our lives as such. So it is my thought be it right or wrong we have to stand tall and proud and support our people , the goverment is who we elect not just put there, we do this so I guess what I am trying to say in a feeble was is we have to allow them to do there job and be ready to give them support and courage and prayers to do what they believe is the best for our country. There are going to always be fears and differences in . I think the thing that seems upsetting to me the most here in the posts are we are surly quick to judge and make our opioions the right one and are quick to place a blame , and really tho it is good to share them and to read how others feel it is just as important to remember we all come different areas in life and all have different and many opioions on this and many other things also I think it can be safely said we all want for the best outcome of this horrible tragedy and however it is done be available to others in any way possible and I know u think that prayers are not the answer but I also feel that with prayers and patience maybe the answers will be seen and felt. We can never go back but we can go foward and instead of acusations and yelling maybe in a good way we can be more productive in helping with the answers to the problems. What is ever acomplished in anger?And how many times in the fit of anger do we make mistakes on a personal level and how many times do we regret maybe the words or actions? I am very proud to be a american and am proud that they will find a way and in whatever they think is the right way will deal with it when they are ready and when they know for sure . I feel comfortable with the systems we have in place in our country, after all we the people put them there. If I did not like that or the way our leaders lead our country why would I remain here there are other options.If it comes to a military action and that is what our goverment deems needed I will be in full support of whatever they decide and will offer my prayers for the good people who will go off and give there life without a second thought, I will pray for them and there familiy and I will pray for god to give us all the strenghth to be helpful and strong when others say terrible things about out country as he will be able to understand that wont he? I am just so frightened that so many people here seem to be angry with all that we support, if we dont like the way things are done such as security or military actions or goverment office why are we complaining and not helping them to make it better getting angry is good if it is productive not if it is not.Remember we have freedoms that is why we are here today as we are. I am sorry if this is scattered I am not the most knowledgable person I have read much I have a x military husband myself I have a father who fought in the war, and many family members who are very much military, But I to have faith in my prayers , so I will say to u and others tho prayer may not be the answer it may help get the answers and may help those involved to feel like they are helping in a special way that well we do say GOD Bless America so this is my way to help, and hope others dont forget to keep faith at a time when it is so needed. And tho I have much sadness and feel a great deal of pain for this tragedy it is time to move up and go forth and continue life and time for the news casters to quit some what as the terrible tragedy is done and we must pick up the pieces and take care of the loved ones and deal with the great losses but to remember why does it take a tragedy to bring people together, why do we not feel this love each day of our lives as this could happen any time why will people forget the pain and in weeks to come be the angry person they once were,or uncaring, whatever happened to dailiy prayer and love one another and help each other every day not just today? I have no answers but prayers and maybe that is my way of dealing with lifes tragedies. I hope this is not ofensive to anyone as I do not mean to be I just want some to see and to remember that prayer is not maybe the answer for all problems but I do believe it may help our people who may have to get those answers and be apart of those answers and those who suffer . We do not need anger here we need support and caring this is not a war here. There has been very good knowledge shared and I am thankful for it as I have learned much , but it worries me that we as friends and caring people are worring what we might think or say about this awful tragedy may effect our relationships. And personaly I am feeling overwelmed with all of this grief like it is sucking the life from me and I want to live , and I dont want to see tragedy every where I look 24x7 if u know what I mean Tv newspaper , radio, internet on and on and on . I am sorry again I do not mean to wipe out what has happened and I am not sure how to say what I am trying to say,but we all hurt and we all suffer from this horrible tragedy wether we are directly involved or not it does hit us all,and I cant seem to get away from it can u?Hugsssssss to all and my thoughts and prayers are with each and for our great country! And to those men who have given there lives and have endured pain that we should never know, and for those who again will do the very same, so that we may have our country as we know it! Yes Please God Bless America AGAIN!!!!!

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Ed Davis, DPM on 9/13/01 at 13:26 (060148)

Bravo!
Ed

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Beverly on 9/13/01 at 16:10 (060165)

well said...

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Mary De on 9/13/01 at 16:16 (060166)

Tammie, keep praying. I am too. And turn off the TV.

By the way, a great many people wouldn't agree that Bush Jr was elected, much less his cabinet . . . but that's another debate.

best, Mary

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

John h on 9/13/01 at 16:37 (060174)

Judy: i am happy to see you stepping up and hitting it out of the park!

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Tammie on 9/13/01 at 13:00 (060142)

This indeed was interesting as most of the coments here on the board. Tho not all agree nor disagree we are all in this together as Americans and enjoying our lives as such. So it is my thought be it right or wrong we have to stand tall and proud and support our people , the goverment is who we elect not just put there, we do this so I guess what I am trying to say in a feeble was is we have to allow them to do there job and be ready to give them support and courage and prayers to do what they believe is the best for our country. There are going to always be fears and differences in . I think the thing that seems upsetting to me the most here in the posts are we are surly quick to judge and make our opioions the right one and are quick to place a blame , and really tho it is good to share them and to read how others feel it is just as important to remember we all come different areas in life and all have different and many opioions on this and many other things also I think it can be safely said we all want for the best outcome of this horrible tragedy and however it is done be available to others in any way possible and I know u think that prayers are not the answer but I also feel that with prayers and patience maybe the answers will be seen and felt. We can never go back but we can go foward and instead of acusations and yelling maybe in a good way we can be more productive in helping with the answers to the problems. What is ever acomplished in anger?And how many times in the fit of anger do we make mistakes on a personal level and how many times do we regret maybe the words or actions? I am very proud to be a american and am proud that they will find a way and in whatever they think is the right way will deal with it when they are ready and when they know for sure . I feel comfortable with the systems we have in place in our country, after all we the people put them there. If I did not like that or the way our leaders lead our country why would I remain here there are other options.If it comes to a military action and that is what our goverment deems needed I will be in full support of whatever they decide and will offer my prayers for the good people who will go off and give there life without a second thought, I will pray for them and there familiy and I will pray for god to give us all the strenghth to be helpful and strong when others say terrible things about out country as he will be able to understand that wont he? I am just so frightened that so many people here seem to be angry with all that we support, if we dont like the way things are done such as security or military actions or goverment office why are we complaining and not helping them to make it better getting angry is good if it is productive not if it is not.Remember we have freedoms that is why we are here today as we are. I am sorry if this is scattered I am not the most knowledgable person I have read much I have a x military husband myself I have a father who fought in the war, and many family members who are very much military, But I to have faith in my prayers , so I will say to u and others tho prayer may not be the answer it may help get the answers and may help those involved to feel like they are helping in a special way that well we do say GOD Bless America so this is my way to help, and hope others dont forget to keep faith at a time when it is so needed. And tho I have much sadness and feel a great deal of pain for this tragedy it is time to move up and go forth and continue life and time for the news casters to quit some what as the terrible tragedy is done and we must pick up the pieces and take care of the loved ones and deal with the great losses but to remember why does it take a tragedy to bring people together, why do we not feel this love each day of our lives as this could happen any time why will people forget the pain and in weeks to come be the angry person they once were,or uncaring, whatever happened to dailiy prayer and love one another and help each other every day not just today? I have no answers but prayers and maybe that is my way of dealing with lifes tragedies. I hope this is not ofensive to anyone as I do not mean to be I just want some to see and to remember that prayer is not maybe the answer for all problems but I do believe it may help our people who may have to get those answers and be apart of those answers and those who suffer . We do not need anger here we need support and caring this is not a war here. There has been very good knowledge shared and I am thankful for it as I have learned much , but it worries me that we as friends and caring people are worring what we might think or say about this awful tragedy may effect our relationships. And personaly I am feeling overwelmed with all of this grief like it is sucking the life from me and I want to live , and I dont want to see tragedy every where I look 24x7 if u know what I mean Tv newspaper , radio, internet on and on and on . I am sorry again I do not mean to wipe out what has happened and I am not sure how to say what I am trying to say,but we all hurt and we all suffer from this horrible tragedy wether we are directly involved or not it does hit us all,and I cant seem to get away from it can u?Hugsssssss to all and my thoughts and prayers are with each and for our great country! And to those men who have given there lives and have endured pain that we should never know, and for those who again will do the very same, so that we may have our country as we know it! Yes Please God Bless America AGAIN!!!!!

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Ed Davis, DPM on 9/13/01 at 13:26 (060148)

Bravo!
Ed

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Beverly on 9/13/01 at 16:10 (060165)

well said...

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

Mary De on 9/13/01 at 16:16 (060166)

Tammie, keep praying. I am too. And turn off the TV.

By the way, a great many people wouldn't agree that Bush Jr was elected, much less his cabinet . . . but that's another debate.

best, Mary

Re: yet another foreign pointof view?

John h on 9/13/01 at 16:37 (060174)

Judy: i am happy to see you stepping up and hitting it out of the park!