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Squawk 8888
14th Sep 2001, 08:50
On June 5, 1973, Gordon Sinclair sat up in bed in Toronto and turned on his TV set. The United States had just pulled out of the Vietnamese War which had ended in a stalemate - a war fought daily on TV, over the radio and in the press. The aftermath of that war resulted in a world-wide sell-off of American investments, prices tumbled, the United States economy was in trouble. The war had also divided the American people, and at home and abroad it seemed everyone was lambasting the United States. The following day, he wrote this for his daily radio show Let's Be Personal.

The Americans
Aired: June 5, 1973
CFRB, Toronto, Ontario Canada

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 Yangtze. 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 Tri-Star or the Douglas 10? 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 everybody 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
from outside... has helped.

Dark Knight
14th Sep 2001, 09:45
"The kings of the earth will see the smoke of her burning, and they'll cry and carry on, the kings who went night after night to her brothel. They'll keep their distance for fear they'll get burned, and they'll cry their lament:
'Doom, doom, the great city doomed!'
'City of Babylon, strong city!'
'In one hour it's over, your judgment come!'"
Rev. 18:9-10

Some of us have grown hoarse warning that America has few friends left in the world. Has the destruction of the World Trade Center, the dismembered bodies strewn over the streets of New York, the rescuers who died trying to save the innocent, the attack on the Pentagon and the failed attempt to destroy the White House convinced you?

Or will you await further evidence?

Has America's ruling elite become so corrupted with money and power and sex and greed that they are incapable of understanding that hatred is an even more powerful motivator?

On Tuesday, America witnessed the naked face of Islamic hatred, as the World Trade Center towers were destroyed and the seat of democratic government attacked – all with the crumbling empire's own weapons.

It seems like everything we trusted in failed us: the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the myriad of laws disarming citizens before they get on an airliner, and the – oh, yes – laws against slitting the throats of flight attendants and flying airliners into buildings filled with people going about their daily lives.

Maybe our protectors were too busy chasing the spies in their own midst, or tallying the secrets sold by the Clinton administration, to know that something big was afoot? Or maybe Americans need to re-learn that the nanny state, first and foremost, takes care of itself, that freedom is a gift from the God of the Bible and that each generation is called upon to preserve that gift given at so tremendous a cost by those who went before?

Laws, you see, are one thing America's hot-air politicians – and the corporate CEOs who own them – excel at manufacturing these days. Congress is in the lawmaking business, and business is booming.

But laws only work against a docile and cowed population – one whose values are limited to phony diversity, pandering in the name of profit, and scoundrels intent on eliminating real values – including faith in God, which offers the only protection there has been against tyranny and enslavement of both our own and future generations.

Does it surprise these people, I wonder, that there is a difference between the values as expressed by an Islamic terrorist state and a Christian nation? Or between those willing to die for their hatred – and airline executives who worship the almighty dollar and have resisted real security measures – because it might dent the CEOs multi-million dollar pay package?

Maybe it's time for these CEOs to provide real leadership and donate their salaries and bonuses this year to the employee and passenger families of the victims who trusted in their malfeasance?

But, perhaps, I'm being too judgmental. Islamic societies like the Taliban have every right to hang Christian aid workers for spreading their faith – and to flog their women for venturing outside without a veil and a husband. It's all part of their cultural and religious heritage. After all – who are we to judge others? Pity our enemies don't share that same sentiment, isn't it?

Despite the West's failings, and they are many, we must recognize this attack for what it is: an act of war – and, we may be sure, only the first. We will either respond decisively and demonstrate that we believe our way of life is worth preserving – or we will let our appeasers roll out the red carpet and begin veiling our women, and we ourselves bowing down before our local mullah, asking how we, too, can die for Allah. The time has come for those who have bastardised Islam to pay the price in their own backyard.

Economic sanctions are a great diplomatic tool – but an act of war signals the end of diplomacy. As crippled as they are, America's intelligence services can still serve up a list of confirmed state-sponsored terrorist capitals. Congress owes it to the survivors of this blood-bath to silence its own traitorous panderers – and to deliver a declaration of war into the hands of the president of the United States against these terrorist capitals. The president then bears the responsibility to act decisively to preserve the Western way of life – a free political and economic system based on self-determination by a free people, which is Western Man's heritage since the Magna Carta. There can be no more cruise missile fireworks or talk of surgical strikes.

Militant Islam is a cancer that has already destroyed the nations that host it. This action overseas needs to be followed up at home by a sweep of the terrorists living on our own soil, who have taken advantage of the lax law enforcement disguised as compassion by our leading panderers.

Such decisive action by the United States, acting alone or with its allies, should they choose to join us, will break the back of terrorism, its cosy links to the illegal drug and weapons trade, and its diplomatic state sponsors motivated by their hatred of the West. Decisive action now will ensure that we do not have to fight a war on our own soil – and on our enemies' terms – 10 years from now, when the cost would be incalculably greater, which is where the appeasers in our midst are daily taking us. Our parents and grandparents responded decisively when Germany and Japan threatened the liberty handed down to them in their own generation. We have just experienced an outrage a magnitude of order greater than they. Because of their action then, we have remained a free nation until today. Think about how your life today would be different, had they shirked from their duty, let the appeasers prevail and helped Hitler unite Europe under the iron heel of the Gestapo, in service of the government that was to have lasted a thousand years.

Nothing short of the fortitude and determination shown by our parents and grandparents, followed by their uncompromising insistence of total surrender by America's enemies, can suffice for us.

This is the price of peace and freedom, and it has been demanded of us today. Tomorrow the cost will only be higher, and the next day higher still.

The appeasers in our midst care nothing for freedom – their only goal is the continued flow of money and power into their own pockets. Should we allow them to prevail, they will become prison guards to our patriots, and our freedom and liberty will be only a distant and dwindling memory. I can think of no more fitting words for this point in our history than those uttered by Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, when he concluded:

I]The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth[/I]

[ 14 September 2001: Message edited by: Dark Knight ]

nomdeplume
14th Sep 2001, 10:45
".......... 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."

And this Brit agrees.
God Bless America

Every country in the world except Iraq has condemned this outrage. Fine words are easy to speak but I wait to see what happens when allies are asked to turn fine words into actions.
Britain will stand firm with the US.
The French?
I hope so, but their track record doesn't fill me with confidence.

[ 14 September 2001: Message edited by: nomdeplume ]

Biggles Flies Undone
14th Sep 2001, 14:17
We just observed the three minute silence. I looked out of my office window in the City of London and could see that the traffic had stopped and everybody was standing quite still. One man was clearly praying.

We all like to tease Americans from time to time. Many of us disagree with the way they behave in certain situations. At times such as this, America need never fear that it will be alone. I know my country will stand there beside them.

RW-1
14th Sep 2001, 16:42
I agree with most of DK's statements.

I pondered patterns and came up with the following.

I think part of the issue is just geography. We happen to be on one side of the world, we have watched others suffer and have suffered ourselves in various locations, but the general populace has been supportive of political actions and military responses when necessary. And when those attacks happened to other countries, we actually do talk about it, but I cannot say why we have not been more active in assisting.

But once you make a move on our home soil, as the Militant Islam extremists have accomplished, they fail to realize just what kind of response we WILL take in that situation.

They are in a bind, for IMO they went too far.

It's hard to say, but they should have stuck to the outlying attacks, threats and actions, once you attack America herself; our people WILL galvanize into action, and now the hunt begins, to a far greater extreame than we may have taken in the past.

It happened when we were finally drawn into the last world war, and it will now happen again.

They will not hide from the Eagle, and you know what Eagles do to snakes ...

golden_hands
14th Sep 2001, 23:47
Today just before 12 o'clock we had all people on board and we asked them to pay their respect to the victims and their families in the USA. People were very touched and I consider this a special flight personally.

I'm ashamed of my country saying we agree on the NATO resolution nr 5, and immediately withdraw from any support that this might ask of us, especially militairy support. On top of this, young Moroccan people were celebrating on the streets in The Netherlands and the Dutch police didn't stop them. I assume that our police was far too busy writing speeding tickets. We have gone too far tolerating these practices in the Netherlands and I hope that finally the goverment will open their eyes and take the appropriate steps.

For all of this my sincere apologies to the American people.

Paterbrat
15th Sep 2001, 18:28
Sq 8888 I concur with everything you have said. It is time that those who have recieved so much help and aid over the years should now think about giving support to America. It is time for those who have said they are friends to show it.

DK I found the appocolypse a disturbing although an appropiate image for the destruction of the great horned beast sitting in Afghanistan.
He makes reference to his 'knights'?

Feeton Terrafirma
16th Sep 2001, 07:07
The Australian Government has once again expressed it's support, in both emotional and military terms. “Our allies have been attacked on their home soil and we view this in the same way we would view an attack on Australian soil”

And only days ago the world was condemning Australia for not allowing illegals to land on our shores. Perhaps this will be viewed in a different light now?