American Sacrifice

May 29, 2000

Today is Memorial Day, and we will be hearing lots of editorials about the ultimate sacrifice made by those who died for our freedom. I would like to add a commentary on the other sacrifices made by Americans that often are overlooked.

Perhaps you have seen a copy of an editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair. The printed copy is making its way around the Internet, and was reprinted in the Congressional Record. Although it was spoken years ago, much of it is still applicable.

He says, "This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people of 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."

Sinclair points out that the U.S. propped up the franc, helped with earthquakes and other natural disasters, and provided the Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy. "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 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!"

On Memorial Day lets appreciate the sacrifice of all Americans. I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.