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Re: My Boy Bill

Many, many thanks to the readers who tracked this down. You are all, every

one of you, hereby promoted to the rank of DIG — Derb’s Intenet Guys/Gals.

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those fists pumping.


Hi, I’m Bill O’Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight.

Hating America. That is the subject of this evening’s “Talking Points Memo.”

According to a new poll, 40 percent of Canadian teenagers think America is

an evil country. Among French-Canadian teens, the number jumps to 64

percent. Those numbers can be laid right on the doorstep of the Canadian

media and government

As you may know, the FOX News Channel is not allowed in Canada, but CNN is.

Fair and balanced? You decide.

The USA takes a relentless pounding from many Canadian news organizations

and from the liberal government. So, what can we expect from the kids?

They’re not getting a full picture. And neither is most of the world.

Increasingly, the bully America is being portrayed as the devil. And the

far left in this country is gleefully piling on. Guys like Michael Moore

[are] running around the world telling everybody what a bad place America

is. Moore and his enablers should be very proud of themselves

For the benefit of the Canadian kids, let’s take a look at the record:

.The foreign and defense policies of Ronald Reagan (search) resulted in the

dissolution of the Soviet Union and the freeing of approximately 122 million

people in Eastern Europe.

. The state of Israel would cease to exist if not for American protection,

and about 5.5 million Jews would be in grave danger.

. Nearly 23 million Taiwanese would be denied freedom if not for American

protection. More than 48 million South Koreans would be living under a

dictatorship if not for American protection. USA action led to the removal

of the Serbian dictator Milosevic (search), who was responsible for the

murders of hundreds of thousands of people in the Balkans.

. The USA and Britain removed the Iraqi dictator Hussein, who was

responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle

East. And we have also removed the terrorist Taliban government in


. America is sending $15 billion to Africa to help victims of AIDS. We were

unable to find out how much France contributes, if anything. To be fair,

Canada sends $270 million, which is substantial.

. American action in Central America, Grenada, and Haiti

has kept millions of people out of totalitarian regimes. Of course, all of

this has cost every American taxpayer big. And thousands of American

servicepeople have lost their lives protecting people overseas.

It is insulting and dishonest for Americans and Canadians and Europeans to

condemn this country because they don’t like certain policies. Dissent is

good. Slander is unacceptable.

The truth is that the USA has freed more human beings in 230 years than the

rest of the world combined. France has freed almost no one. Ditto Canada.

So, pardon me as I object to the Michael Moores of the world – and that man

is too cowardly to come in here, all right? Pardon me as I object to the

anti-American foreign press and bums like Chirac in France and Chretien in


America has a provable history of freeing oppressed people all over the

world in fighting evil dictators. Canada should be ashamed that so many of

its young people are flat out ignorant. And Americans should wise up and

realize we are living in a changing world. Old friends are not necessarily

true friends.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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