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.
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 distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.
You talk about Japanese technocracy. 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.
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
Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.
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.
Want to hear these words from the man who said them