Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/12

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Subject: Re: [Leica] For you George
From: "Greg J. Lorenzo" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 17:48:51 -0600
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It is a historic tragedy that the former Soviet Union and their former
East European satellites did not partake of the Marshall Plan when

The world today would be a much safer and peaceful place.

Many of today's independent nations would also not exist if not for the 
absolute insistence of Franklin Roosevelt and his Atlantic Charter. 

And yes Pascal, I read both documents carefully.


Greg J. Lorenzo 

Jim Hemenway wrote:
> This, from a Canadian newspaper, no less, 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 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.
> 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."
> Stand proud, America!

In reply to: Message from George Lottermoser <> ([Leica] Was Terror, Now Topics)
Message from Jim Hemenway <> ([Leica] For you George)