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MEDIA ASLEEP? ISRAEL ARMING TO STRIKE IRAN
CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | SEPTEMBER 24, 2004 | CHRIS LONG

Posted on 09/24/2004 9:46:05 AM PDT by CHARLITE

The recent announcement of a deal for Israel to acquire thousands of Precision-Guided-Munitions (PGM) went largely unheralded by Elite-Media, who mostly yawned and ho-hummed the sale. One source, the Seattle Post Intelligencer did little more than the intellectually lazy approach, recycling an AP report but the numbers in the report were very telling: 3000 2000-pound laser-guided bombs, 1000 1000-pound laser-guided bombs and 500 500-pound precision-guided bombs.

The most important number noted above is the huge number of 2000-pound PGM’s – these are heavy, penetrating munitions needed to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. The PGM’s also have a satellite-targeting option allowing the attacking aircraft to ‘stand off’ great distances and lob the bombs to the general area of the target with the terminal phase of the bomb’s path being guided by satellite.

In case you haven’t realized the fact: the Iranian nuclear enrichment program will soon dramatically affect your life and the lives of countless millions in other nations. A massive showdown is coming over Iranian enrichment of used nuclear reactor fuel that will draw many more countries into the fray in the Persian Gulf. The Iranian nuclear weapons program is a huge, robust operation that gets little play in the mainstream media. It is the program of a country determined to be a major nuclear power.

There are a total of five Iranian nuclear facilities the Israelis will have to strike to assure the elimination of Iran as a nuclear threat for the future:

Tehran – Tehran is the command and coordinating center for the Iranian nuclear program, with the offices being located in a suburb to assure civilian deaths and what the media loves to tout as “collateral damage”. Precision strikes on the program offices, which include a missile program, should keep civilian deaths low. But the Iranians may cluster civilians around the suburban target if the government thinks an air strike is imminent. The facility includes a research reactor, radio-isotope production unit and multi-purpose laboratories. Arak – Heavy water production is centered in Arak. Heavy water is used to moderate nuclear fission in reactors. Large amounts of power are required to produce heavy water and the reactors supplying that power will need to be bombed. Natanz (not shown on map) – A facility containing gas centrifuges 200 miles south of Tehran and Northeast of Isfahan. Gas centrifuges separate and enrich uranium that has been gasified, resulting in a highly-enriched, bomb-grade product. This is the last step to obtain material for a nuclear weapon. Bushehr – A 1000-megawatt reactor on the Persian Gulf coast built by the Russians under contract. This reactor should have started by now. The used fuel from the Bushehr reactor will provide Uranium for many, many bombs and missiles. Isfahan – Containing a variety of reactors and Uranium conversion facilities, the Isfahan facility is a sprawling complex. Most Americans fail to realize the enormity of the Iranian weapons program due to the failings of the media, although pictures and surveillance photographs of the facilities are readily available.

Any Israeli strike will of necessity be massive, employing squadrons of F-15’s and F-16’s escorted by electronic-warfare radar-jamming aircraft to blind Iranian air defense radar. While the Israeli air strike on the Iraqi French-built Osirak reactor in 1981 was a relatively brief in-and-out affair the air strikes into Iran will be sustained and intense, with many dozens of mostly 2000-pound PGM’s being used to pulverize reactors, gas centrifuges, heavy water production and support facilities. A thorough job is required as the likelihood of catching the Iranians unaware a few years later is small. Iranian air defenses vary from good to bad to inconsequential. The biggest threat will from salvos of anti-aircraft missiles that may actually get lucky occasionally and succeed in downing an attacking aircraft.

American complicity is required for any strike to be successful; indeed, American participation may even be in the works. Israel may not possess adequate fuel tanker aircraft to refuel the strike groups returning to Israel and U.S. Air Force tankers will likely be needed. If U.S. Air Force aircraft join the assault the numbers will be adequate to systematically pulverize Iranian facilities to such an extent that resurrection of the program would not be feasible. Areas contaminated by uranium will be small and limited to the immediate sites although Iran may be willing to expend thousands of lives trying to recover nuclear material from the rubble for sale to terrorists groups for the construction of ‘dirty bombs’ for revenge.

Iranian protests that the nuclear program is “peaceful” and for electrical generation alone is a patently ridiculous statement for a country able to easily build many oil-fired power plants cheaply. Iran has adequate oil to run electrical plants at a far lower cost than nuclear reactors for many years. There is much information available on the Worldwide Web on this topic but mainstream media’s attention-span on the topic is practically non-existent, likely seen as a “boring” topic, those pesky descriptions of reactors and bombers etc. not suited for prime time. It will be a prime-time event, spanning days of 24/7 coverage, mostly by talking heads, who know little of the subject.

Neither the United States, Israel or many other countries intend on allowing the Iranian nuclear weapons program to succeed and will unhesitatingly widen the current war to deprive Iran of it’s imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons.

About the Writer: Chris Long is a life-long devotee of history, strategic affairs, military history, and geopolitics. He lives in Georgia and is employed as a computer systems analyst .


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aircraft; airstrikes; attack; bombs; bushehr; enriched; facilities; godblessisrael; guidedmissiles; heavywater; iran; isfahan; israel; nuclear; pgns; reactors; tehran; uranium
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1 posted on 09/24/2004 9:46:07 AM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

Ping a roo


2 posted on 09/24/2004 9:47:45 AM PDT by escapefromboston
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To: Tunehead54

Thought you'd find this interesting if you hadn't already seen it.


3 posted on 09/24/2004 9:48:52 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: CHARLITE
A massive showdown is coming over Iranian enrichment of used nuclear reactor fuel that will draw many more countries into the fray in the Persian Gulf. The Iranian nuclear weapons program is a huge, robust operation that gets little play in the mainstream media. It is the program of a country determined to be a major nuclear power

Thanks for this article.

Most don't seem to realize the pressing nature of this unbelievably serious situation. They won't be able to ignore it much longer.

4 posted on 09/24/2004 9:49:10 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ( MSM, We are watching you......)
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To: CHARLITE

Thank GOD - NOT allah, for Israel.


5 posted on 09/24/2004 9:49:12 AM PDT by pipecorp (If they pull the great electronic plug, where will all the ones and zeros go?)
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To: CHARLITE

The writer makes this sound like a bad thing.


6 posted on 09/24/2004 9:49:54 AM PDT by Petronski (What did Terri McAuliffe know and when did she know it?)
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To: CHARLITE
(Israeli announcer to Israeli military fighter pilots on the tarmack)

Officers ... Start your engines!

7 posted on 09/24/2004 9:50:05 AM PDT by G.Mason (Mr. Rather ... do you have any last words?... No? ... you may put the black hood on him executioner.)
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To: CHARLITE

P.S., this is to be expected second week of November, no sooner.


8 posted on 09/24/2004 9:50:45 AM PDT by Petronski (What did Terri McAuliffe know and when did she know it?)
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To: CHARLITE

Shhhhhhhh! Loose lips...


9 posted on 09/24/2004 9:51:32 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: CHARLITE
Iranian protests that the nuclear program is “peaceful”

Uh, I don't think so. I think they have declared their real intentions.

10 posted on 09/24/2004 9:52:30 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: escapefromboston
What is Israel waiting for? It will get the criticism, but in reality most sane people will be privately glad.

Taking out Iraq's nuke plant was one of the greatest services to humanity done in the last 50 years.

11 posted on 09/24/2004 9:52:42 AM PDT by Montfort
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To: CHARLITE
Iranian protests that the nuclear program is “peaceful”

Uh, I don't think so, I think the Iranians have declared their real intentions.

12 posted on 09/24/2004 9:53:34 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: CHARLITE
Areas contaminated by uranium will be small and limited to the immediate sites although Iran may be willing to expend thousands of lives trying to recover nuclear material from the rubble for sale to terrorists groups for the construction of ‘dirty bombs’ for revenge.

No because these strikes will end with the destruction of the Iranian government as well. You kill a snake by cutting off it's head. We wont risk this mission to blow up some buildings without taking out the folks that caused them to be built. The Iranian people are looking to be liberated. This event will be a catalyst for a revolution.

13 posted on 09/24/2004 9:53:51 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Montfort

The real question is "what was IRAN thinking??" they know Israel can kick thier butts back to the stone age (or as they call it in Iran, last week)


14 posted on 09/24/2004 9:54:29 AM PDT by escapefromboston
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To: Petronski
I agree, but it may depend upon the elections. If Kerry gets elected I think Israel strikes before the year is out. If Bush is elected they may let us do the dirty work.
15 posted on 09/24/2004 9:54:57 AM PDT by aegiscg47
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To: CHARLITE
One thing that's not been discussed is the ramifications of an Israeli or US strike on nuclear facilities located in Iran.

The Shia majority in Iraq would be up in arms, no doubt, which would only further complicate our reconstruction efforts in that country.

16 posted on 09/24/2004 9:55:12 AM PDT by LincolnLover (Too Lazy to Do A Search Before Posting? Check This Out--http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/117)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
"Most don't seem to realize the pressing nature of this unbelievably serious situation. They won't be able to ignore it much longer."

That's true. If Iraq was any indication, the Stalinists on the Left will again condemn the only rational approach available to us.

It would appear that intelligent foreign policy always puts them in a state of perpetual moral outrage.

17 posted on 09/24/2004 9:55:30 AM PDT by Reactionary
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To: CHARLITE
Israel needs to put up or shut up NOW!!! The more that talk about it and wringing their hands, they are more likely to lose any element of surprise.

When have I made that criticism before. (hint 2002 to 2003 Iraq?)

18 posted on 09/24/2004 10:01:58 AM PDT by Tamar1973 ("He who is compassionate to the cruel, ends up being cruel to the compassionate." Chazal)
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To: CHARLITE

Strap on your seatbelts, folks - the ride is about to get bumpy.


19 posted on 09/24/2004 10:02:28 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (President Kerry - - there, scared ya didn't I?)
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To: LincolnLover
"The Shia majority in Iraq would be up in arms"

So? Bring MORE BOMBS and they go up in smoke instead. :)

20 posted on 09/24/2004 10:02:54 AM PDT by EUPHORIC (Right? Left? Read Ecclesiastes 10:2 for a definition. The Bible knows all about it!)
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To: Reactionary

That moral outrage would quickly be forgotten if we were suddenly attacked, wouldn't it?

How long do these delusional people think they will be able to sit insulated in an ivory tower without any action against the evil that seeks to destroy us?


21 posted on 09/24/2004 10:03:14 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ( MSM, We are watching you......)
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To: CHARLITE; 1bigdictator; 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2sheep; 7.62 x 51mm; A Jovial Cad; a_witness; adam_az; ...
I'd like to see the Israelis soften up the target by flying below the radar and dropping payloads of hog guts all over the reactor campus.

I ask all FReepers to pray for the safety of my son in the IDF, who is on duty in the Jordan Valley.

FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel ping list.

WARNING: This is a high volume ping list

22 posted on 09/24/2004 10:06:10 AM PDT by Alouette (Professionals built the Titanic...amateurs built the Ark)
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To: CHARLITE

Yes they are, and we'd like to keep it that way.
Sigh...Israel always has to pick up the slack for the work the UN won't do.


23 posted on 09/24/2004 10:06:21 AM PDT by mabelkitty (Watch for a CBS employee in a trench coat going by DeepWord.....)
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To: Robert_Paulson2; risk; Dog; neverdem; FITZ; Grampa Dave; F15Eagle

Countdown to Armageddon ping.


24 posted on 09/24/2004 10:06:42 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: escapefromboston

My opinion?
Iran is lulled into thinking Kerry will be the next President, and they'll get the same hands-off, money flow the North Koreans got. In fact, NK is waiting for the same thing.
Kerry is giving aid and comfort to our enemies, and this is so disgusting.


25 posted on 09/24/2004 10:08:22 AM PDT by mabelkitty (Watch for a CBS employee in a trench coat going by DeepWord.....)
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To: LincolnLover

I see it differently.
All of their support would be destroyed, and they would be on their own. No money, no supplies, nowhere to run.
They insurgents, the nut Imam included, would be killed in the streets of Iraq.


26 posted on 09/24/2004 10:10:07 AM PDT by mabelkitty (Watch for a CBS employee in a trench coat going by DeepWord.....)
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To: Travis McGee

WWWIII has already started. Let's hope America understands how to protect itself.


27 posted on 09/24/2004 10:10:39 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I wear sleepwear therefore I think)
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To: CHARLITE

Sounds good to me.


28 posted on 09/24/2004 10:11:51 AM PDT by JohnnyZ ("The common man doesn't look at me as some rich witch." --Teresa Heinz Kerry)
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To: mabelkitty

adios ayatollahs


29 posted on 09/24/2004 10:12:07 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Travis McGee

guess it's time for me to go buy some batteries and extra water...


30 posted on 09/24/2004 10:12:29 AM PDT by Robert_Paulson2 (the madridification of our election is now officially underway.)
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To: LincolnLover
The Shia majority in Iraq would be up in arms, no doubt, which would only further complicate our reconstruction efforts in that country.

And the ramifications of Iran as a Nuclear Power would only further complicate the geopolitics of the entire planet.

31 posted on 09/24/2004 10:14:10 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (God! It has felt good to have a First Lady who is a LADY.)
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To: LincolnLover
, which would only further complicate our reconstruction efforts in that country.

And this is why the US has been doing piece meal dismantling of terror regimes.

The hard part is to do it without inciting an all out world war (which, of course, technically we are in already) A very delicate balancing act, clearly explained when Pre. Bush gave his axis of evil speech.

32 posted on 09/24/2004 10:16:03 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ( MSM, We are watching you......)
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To: Travis McGee

"Countdown to Armageddon ping."


Naw!

41 days to the end of the Mass Murdering Mullahs of Iran and their nuclear weapon production site.

Regardless of who wins our election, the MMM's of Iran will be gone the next day and so will their nuclear weapon production sites.


33 posted on 09/24/2004 10:17:34 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: CHARLITE

Is this a generally credible source? (I'm not saying it isn't; I have no idea.)


34 posted on 09/24/2004 10:18:07 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Robert_Paulson2
Don't forget this


35 posted on 09/24/2004 10:19:21 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ( MSM, We are watching you......)
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To: Reactionary

True, if Iranian reactors get hit by us or by Israel, the left will scream Bush warmongering and imperialism as usual and will claim we are killing babies for oil. If Kerry gets in, I doubt seriously if he will even provide tankers for Israel, he will consider that it's too controversial and will yield to his wacko antiwar base.


36 posted on 09/24/2004 10:20:16 AM PDT by Sender (It is not their patriotism, but their judgment, that is so sorely lacking. -Zell Miller)
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To: CHARLITE

Nothing will happen before 3 November, IMHO. After that all bets are off.


37 posted on 09/24/2004 10:20:37 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: DoctorZIn

FYI.

The coming of the end of the Mass Murdering Mullahs in Iran and their nuclear weapon sites.


38 posted on 09/24/2004 10:21:20 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Regarding the ramifications or Iran becoming a nuclear power, it seems like if Iran (or any radical Islamic country) becomes nuclear, the possibility exists that they will allow terrorists to use a nuke, possibly on us.

I imagine these kind of thoughts were part of Bush's motivation for regime change in Iraq.

Of course I realize that the US had plans to use suitcase nukes on Russia, and they on us, most likely, so in a sense, this kind of thing is not entirely new.


39 posted on 09/24/2004 10:25:54 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Pukin Dog
No because these strikes will end with the destruction of the Iranian government as well. You kill a snake by cutting off it's head. We wont risk this mission to blow up some buildings without taking out the folks that caused them to be built. The Iranian people are looking to be liberated. This event will be a catalyst for a revolution.

Sadly, I don't think so. An attack by the Jewish state on Iran will only serve to unify that country and solidify the positions of the ruling Islamo-fruitcakes while marginalizing pro-Western sentiments. If an attack would have had the postive outcomes you suggest, we probably would have done it already.
40 posted on 09/24/2004 10:29:33 AM PDT by Antoninus (Abortion; Euthanasia; Fetal Stem Cell Research; Human Cloning; Homo Marriage - NON-NEGOTIABLE ISSUES)
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To: LincolnLover
The cost to us of further alienating the Shiites in Iraq is far outweighed by the danger of Iran's nuclear weapons program.
41 posted on 09/24/2004 10:30:23 AM PDT by NorseWood
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To: bmwcyle

IV


42 posted on 09/24/2004 10:34:26 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.)
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To: Sam Cree
No, not entirely new, but even under the onus of Marxist/Leninist philosophy, the Soviets and the US had a form of detente.

In spite of Kruschev's shoe pounding, it was understood that a major nuclear exchange would cause both sides grevious hurt.

Even "godless" Communists found that to be an unsavory option.

Iran has the complications of a majority religious component added to the matrix which espouses martyrdom and will use terrorism (taken to the point of unconventional warfare) without regard for loss of Iranian lives.

How do you intimidate an opponent who has no fear of death? Paint your Nukes with pigs' blood?

It is tough to play brinksmanship with those who do not recognize the brink.

43 posted on 09/24/2004 10:36:01 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (God! It has felt good to have a First Lady who is a LADY.)
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To: CHARLITE
I'll bet Iran took note.

How do you say DOH! in farsi?
44 posted on 09/24/2004 10:37:50 AM PDT by CaptSkip (Dan the NewsMan says, "Karma sucks, but Nixonian Karma?...that's a MotherF'er!")
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To: Petronski

"P.S., this is to be expected second week of November, no sooner."

I put it in mid-December.


45 posted on 09/24/2004 10:38:43 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: Pukin Dog

"We wont risk this mission to blow up some buildings without taking out the folks that caused them to be built. The Iranian people are looking to be liberated. This event will be a catalyst for a revolution."

That's a fact.


46 posted on 09/24/2004 10:39:55 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: Petronski

The big problem with this is that as soon as this happens, Iran will send swarms of Revolutionary Guard terrorists across the Iraqi border for major attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. This isnt so cut and dry, it could get very tricky.


47 posted on 09/24/2004 10:40:32 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: Smokin' Joe

IMO, and GW Bush's I think, since he said it, terrorists must be eradicated. Governments that would harbor terrorists must either stop doing so, or face the same fate.

Or our cities will burn.


48 posted on 09/24/2004 10:41:16 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: CHARLITE

An Isreal strike will come. After Bush wins.


49 posted on 09/24/2004 10:42:10 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: CHARLITE

The Mohammedan world will really go ga-ga if this takes place.


50 posted on 09/24/2004 10:43:04 AM PDT by dennisw (Gd is against Amelek for all generations.)
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