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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, 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 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 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 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.
Three cheers
Mr. Gordon Sinclair
Mr. Gordon Sinclair
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 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 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."

From: Ed Cox

Stand Proud, Americans

This is one of the best editorials that I have ever read regarding the United States.  It is nice that one man realizes it, I only wish that the rest of the world would realize it.  We are always blamed for everything, and never even get a thank you for the things we do.  I would hope that each of you would send this to as many people as you can and emphasize that they should send it to as many of their friends until this letter is sent to every person on the web.
I am just a single American that has read this.  SURE HOPE THAT A LOT MORE READ IT SOON.

From: Jim Williams, Sr. - K6HIO

And, you can add this to the story:

Flying Officer
James Thomas Williams
of the Eagle Squadron

When England (and Canada) was at war with Germany, but before the U.S. got involved (early WWII), the U.S was manufacturing military aircraft for England.  I remember one was called the "Fairy Battle" -- a small fighter that was Dad's favorite.  Since U.S. pilots couldn't fly these aircraft to Canada without involving the U.S. in the war, the Canadian pilots had to come to the U.S. to get them.  Unfortunately, there weren't enough Canadian pilots.
The solution to this was to have U.S. pilots join the Royal Canadian Air Force, live in Canada, and fly to the U.S. to get the aircraft (which would be later shipped to England).  This group was called the Eagle Squadron, and my father was one of them.
Dad had been a U.S. Marine during his early life between WWI and WWII.  As a civilian, he earned his Pilot's License, and when the time came to form the Eagle Squadron, he joined and went to Toronto for Officer Training.  Mom and I moved from Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, and joined him at Picton, Ontario.  Later, we moved to #3 Wireless School at Winnipeg, Manitoba.  There were only 50 officers on the entire base.  Dad was made a flight leader, and would fly a plane full of U.S. pilots down to Buffalo, NY (some officers and some enlisted), where each would be assigned a plane to fly back.  Dad would then lead the formation back to Canada.  Not having the modern navigation aids that we have today and when the weather was very bad, some of the pilots and their aircraft went down, but Dad always came back to us (Thank-you Lord!).  I was three then and am now 62, but I still remember living in Canada -- good memories -- and I still have the "Mounty" suit I wore to keep warm in the winter.  Later on, Dad changed from being a ferry pilot to an Instructor -- training Canadian pilots.  When the U.S. finally joined WWII, Dad left the RCAF to join the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Upon leaving the RCAF, Dad's Commander gave him a letter, regretting that he was leaving and wishing he would stay.  This was special, since most of the 'eagles' didn't get similar letters of commendation. 

While he wanted to fly combat missions either in the Pacific or Europe for the USAAF, they looked at his experience, made him an Instructor, and kept him at home (much to Mom's delight). 
Dad's story continues, but isn't relevant to the article above, so I'll finish by saying that after WWII he left the service as a Captain in charge of communications at Mather AFB in Sacramento, California.  Dad was just one of the many described in the article above, but he's the one I knew best. 

James L. Williams, Sr. 10/17/00

PS: If your dad was one of the 'eagles', please contact Wally Fydenchuk <>, who's doing research on the Eagle Squadron.

From David R. Truemner
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