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Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar
suntimes ^ | February 11, 2006

Posted on 02/11/2006 4:11:34 PM PST by Revel

Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar

BY JUSTINA WANG A 12-year-old Aurora boy who said he brought powdered sugar to school for a science project this week has been charged with a felony for possessing a look-alike drug, Aurora police have confirmed.

The sixth-grade student at Waldo Middle School was also suspended for two weeks from school after showing the bag of powdered sugar to his friends.

The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, said he brought the bag to school to ask his science teacher if he could run an experiment using sugar.

Two other boys asked if the bag contained cocaine after he showed it to them in the bathroom Wednesday morning, the boy's mother said.

He joked that it was cocaine, before telling them, "just kidding," she said.

Aurora police arrested the boy after a custodian at the school reported the boy's comments. The youngster was taken to the police station and detained, before being released to his parents that afternoon.

"This is getting ridiculous," said the boy's mother. "They treated my son like a criminal. .. . This is no way to treat a 12-year-old kid."

East Aurora School District officials declined to comment on the case, citing privacy issues.

The district issued a written statement, which said: "The dangers of illegal drugs and controlled substances are clear.

Could get probation "Look-alike drugs and substances can cause that same level of danger because staff and students are not equipped to differentiate between the two."

The school handbook states that students can be suspended or expelled for carrying a look-alike drug.

Penalties for juveniles are decided on a case-by-case basis, but if convicted, the sixth-grader could likely face up to five years' probation, said Jeffery Jefko, deputy director of Kane County juvenile court services.

Juveniles who have prior criminal records could also be placed in a residential treatment program if convicted, he said.

Aurora Beacon-News


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To: Know your rights
The cops were called, and THEY checked it out. The charges result from their testing! The administrator has nothing to do with that! Where do you live, that you think the local school principal can have a kid charged with a felony? Even if he/she swears out a complaint, the local DA has to pass on it. Did you miss that? Or are you just jumping in with both feet, too?
351 posted on 02/12/2006 6:54:22 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: Old Student
The charges result from their testing!

Clearly false, since the testing showed it to be a legal substance (sugar).

352 posted on 02/12/2006 6:56:53 PM PST by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Know your rights
"A 12-year-old Aurora boy who said he brought powdered sugar to school for a science project this week has been charged with a felony for possessing a look-alike drug, Aurora police have confirmed."

"Clearly false, since the testing showed it to be a legal substance (sugar)."

Clearly true, since the police confirm that he has been charged with a felony. Perhaps you should read a little more carefully in the future.
353 posted on 02/12/2006 7:00:57 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: Old Student

Ahh, middle schoolers aren't stupid, they are just creatures of the moment. Tomorrow is a long way off, next week an eternity. The goal of parents and teachers is to try to get them to stop to think before acting, and then to start thinking again. I think some posters here never moved past that stage. But that's okay, I don't have to live in anyone else's skin but mine.


354 posted on 02/12/2006 7:05:05 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: Old Student
The charges result from their testing!

Clearly false, since the testing showed it to be a legal substance (sugar).

Clearly true, since the police confirm that he has been charged with a felony.

Which had nothing to do with their testing. Perhaps you should read a little more carefully in the future.

355 posted on 02/12/2006 7:07:50 PM PST by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: SoftballMominVA
Like I said, I'm not sure how to describe them. Stupid doesn't really fit. Smart certainly doesn't fit. I'm not even sure they live in the "now." I think it must be some parallel dimension, similar to ours, but only occaisionally connected. God help them all; they're going to need it.
356 posted on 02/12/2006 7:11:03 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: Know your rights
"Which had nothing to do with their testing. Perhaps you should read a little more carefully in the future."

The kid has been charged with possession of a "look-alike drug" which is illegal under the law there. He got charged with the felony version of the crime, rather than the lesser version. If it had nothing to do with their testing, he would not have been charged at all, don't you think? Or do you just like to argue for the sake of argument?
357 posted on 02/12/2006 7:15:25 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: Old Student
If it had nothing to do with their testing, he would not have been charged at all, don't you think?

A truly bizarre conclusion; please have your sugar tested. In the meantime, ponder this:

"Aurora police arrested the boy after a custodian at the school reported the boy's comments."

358 posted on 02/12/2006 7:21:24 PM PST by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: mysterio


Let's not forget imitation fake cocaine.
359 posted on 02/12/2006 7:28:44 PM PST by mysterio
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To: ICE-FLYER

Re your #49 -

"...If this had happened to my son or daughter I would start a war with these blistering idiots the likes of which they never would have dreamed. I would fight to my last penny and breath ..."

Well, it might.

And I have no doubt that you will raise no uncertain level of hell with the boogers, too.

But the good news is that it may not cost you as much as you might expect it to when it does happen.

Interested?

If so, then call toll free: 1-800-394-6919 for an aprox. 15 min. recorded message about something pretty important for any parents to be aware of, but which is not all that well known about.

It seems that some predatory trial Lawyers may not want us to know about it - but it has saved a lot of people a lot of money and grief over the past 32 years, and opened the American Justice system up to "ordinary" Americans - not just the wealthy and powerful.

And the next time the "system" messes with you or your family, they could be in for a very rude and unexpected awakening.

Is it worth 15 min. of your time to learn more?

That's your call entirely.

Please feel free to drop me a P-mail if interested.


360 posted on 02/12/2006 7:38:22 PM PST by Uncle Jaque (Club Freedom; Dues: Vigilance.)
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To: Uncle Jaque

This kid infringed on nobodies rights, he hurt nobody, including himself, how can anyone justify taking his natural rights away? Freedom is dead in this country. I'm thinking of voting democratic just to make the fall come sooner, then maybe we will still have 200 millions guns in circulation, enough to have a sucessfull revolution.


361 posted on 02/12/2006 7:52:50 PM PST by RHINO369
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To: muawiyah

Not to mention police.


362 posted on 02/12/2006 7:55:39 PM PST by moog
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To: Know your rights

"Aurora police arrested the boy after a custodian at the school reported the boy's comments."


And you missed that the first time?


363 posted on 02/12/2006 7:57:29 PM PST by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF(Ret.))
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To: Revel

File this with the rest of the WOD lunacy.


364 posted on 02/12/2006 8:00:58 PM PST by Thumper1960 (The enemy within: Demoncrats and DSA.ORG Sedition is a Liberal "family value".)
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To: Revel

Totally stupid beyond belief and to think that kids spend all day with these idiots.


365 posted on 02/12/2006 8:02:46 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents or anyone just passing through)
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To: 1rudeboy

This must be what you are talking about


Sugar is a devil. I call it “kiddie cocaine.” If you’ve ever seen kids at a birthday party after they've had cake, you know what I’m talking about. Before cake is served, they're all getting along, playing nicely together. That cake is served, and all of a sudden you've got little boys hitting, punching, and fighting each other, and little girls off in a corner crying. I always say to my kids, “Sugar equals crying”. It's true for adults, and it's true for kids.

If you feel you can’t give up sugar because you crave it, it's really not your fault. Sugar is meant to be addictive. Sugar is one of the strongest drugs out there today that's legal.

But please know this…no matter what you have to go through when you first give up sugar, it’s all worth it.

http://blogs.health.yahoo.com/get-healthy-now/ghn06weight/796/the-health-robbers


366 posted on 02/12/2006 8:02:56 PM PST by Revel
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To: mysterio

I've got a kid in my class whose parents deliberately keep him off sugar because he gets higher than a kite. I just let them deal with that and I deal with him at school. I'm proud of him--he went up a whole grade level in reading last month.


367 posted on 02/12/2006 8:06:55 PM PST by moog
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To: moog

That's great! Sounds like you are a good teacher. My parents both have dedicated their lives to teaching, too. I'm thinking of entering the family business, so to speak. I want to become a bit more mature before I do so, however.


368 posted on 02/12/2006 8:09:28 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio
That's great! Sounds like you are a good teacher. My parents both have dedicated their lives to teaching, too. I'm thinking of entering the family business, so to speak. I want to become a bit more mature before I do so, however.

Who the heck said I was "mature?" You haven't seen some of my posts then:). I teach first grade which has made me even more immature. I too come from a long line of teachers, though I'm the only one in my immediate family. We need more inspirational teachers, and I would love to see more male teachers too like myself. You will see many retire in the next 1-5 years so there will be even fewer.

369 posted on 02/12/2006 8:15:56 PM PST by moog
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To: Flyer

The school administrators (most of them) around here are pretty good people. Our principal is a wonderful man. There are a couple out there in the district that I wonder about though.

I would have handled this a LOT differently. But as I've learned many a time as a teacher, sometimes you're darned if you do and darned if you don't.


370 posted on 02/12/2006 8:18:00 PM PST by moog
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To: Dallas59

I believe the cops would arrest me if I was on the street with a bag of powdered sugar saying it was cocaine.

Just give them a taste. :)


371 posted on 02/12/2006 8:18:55 PM PST by moog
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To: ohhhh
You might as well talk to a bag of crap as talk to the fools who have destroyed public education, the educators, unions and worst of all, the liberal school boards. Again I say, they are idiots.

Glad to see that ALL of us teachers are included in that statement. I'm glad there are many around here whom I respect. Yes, there's some bad ones, but there are good people too. How does one talk to a bag of crap??? Tell turdy jokes to it???:)

I do try not to make too many blanket statements. Some liberals do a good job of that already.

372 posted on 02/12/2006 8:21:46 PM PST by moog
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To: moog
I just feel like I'm not quite mature enough yet, kind of a 31 year old goofball in a lot of ways. My parents are perfect teachers, or as close as one could expect to get. 30+ years in and still idealistic. The shoes are just so damned big, I don't know if I could fill them without some growing up. But yeah, I can see that happening sometime soon. I kind of wish I'd have majored in political science instead of biology, though. I would love to teach government. Biology will be cool, though. I've been working in research for years, so I will have relevent experience to back up my knowledge of the fundamentals.

I haven't really decided between elementary, middle school, or high school yet, though.
373 posted on 02/12/2006 8:23:01 PM PST by mysterio
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To: robertpaulsen
Now, powdered sugar in a baggie looks like a drug, especially after joking that it was cocaine. That is against written school policy.

Aptly stated, though I think it could have been handled a little differently.

374 posted on 02/12/2006 8:23:05 PM PST by moog
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To: SALChamps03

The custodian should simply have given it back to him and told him that drugs were no joking matter. That should have been the end of it.

Good commonsense reply.


375 posted on 02/12/2006 8:24:10 PM PST by moog
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

"The legacy of Bill Bennett"

I wonder if abortions have increased:).


376 posted on 02/12/2006 8:25:39 PM PST by moog
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To: moog

377 posted on 02/12/2006 8:26:22 PM PST by Dallas59 ((“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party))
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To: July 4th
Bingo. There are tons of packets of look-alike coke in the teachers lounge. (Heck, there's apparently a whole lot of real stuff too...)

Now Snuffy, don't touch the flour......

378 posted on 02/12/2006 8:26:57 PM PST by moog
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To: wintertime

Where is this boy's dad?

Exactly.


379 posted on 02/12/2006 8:28:46 PM PST by moog
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To: Revel

The American legal system at work. He should have raped an infant or attempted to blow up a bridge.


380 posted on 02/12/2006 8:31:14 PM PST by sangrila
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To: Doohickey

Uh-oh, I wear Old Spice...


381 posted on 02/12/2006 8:34:53 PM PST by moog
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To: muawiyah

"I can tell lactose by taste. You "cow people" can't."

Does that make one "intolerant?":)


382 posted on 02/12/2006 8:36:38 PM PST by moog
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To: Old Student

"I've never seen real cocaine. I don't know too many teachers who have."

I never have. We had a bunch of kids crowding around something one time. They were all alarmed it was a "drug." It was a cold capsule. I wonder how many went home and told their moms and dads there were drugs at school.


383 posted on 02/12/2006 8:38:58 PM PST by moog
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To: RHINO369

To your 361 - I essentially agree, only I'm not sure that I'd go so far as to vote Dem.

There is a pretty good chance that i will sit an election out or vote 3rd party though, which would have pretty much the same effect.

The GOP just ain't gettin' it, are they?

And the more that Americans get taxed to death and pushed around by bureaucrats, politicians, and the likes of the ACLU and the Teacher's Unions, the more I hear people thinking and talking about the Constitutional 2nd Amendment option.

I would hate to see it come to that, really (Al Queda would just love us to devolve into another Civil War, no doubt) but if our Declaration of Independance is to be taken at all seriously, then it may come down to that or police state slavery.

Since Waco and Ruby Ridge, no one seems to be all that anxious to start the ball rolling in that direction, however. Most Americans still have too much to lose if they try it.

What might break it is if a bunch of Conservative Christians gather up in a communal, independant living compound / bunker and educate their own children, witholding taxes that would normally go to indoctrinating them, and ignoring nitwit bureaucratic orders to regulate them to death.

Then when (not if) the government goons come, we'll get to see if it's a redeaux of the Waco massacre or the Roman seige of Massada, or (since they hopefully won't be nearly as nutz as the Branch Davidians) if significant numbers of fed-up patriots will come out of the woodwork to reenforce them, or flank their attackers and cut off their supply lines.

Then, I think, we'd have a gen-yoo-ine revolution on our hands. Might even make the New York Times and FOX News.

Wouldn't be pretty, though, since the establishment has all of the fancy firepower (Army, Navy, Armor, artillery, air power, nukes etc..).

About the best a popular revolution could do is mount some sort of "insurgency" or resistance movement, much like the Dutch and Danes did when they were under Nazi occupation.

And again; the Islammofacists would just love that.

But do we have any other choices other than living under eventual police state Communism... or Sharia Law?

God help us if we don't.


384 posted on 02/12/2006 8:41:32 PM PST by Uncle Jaque (Club Freedom; Dues: Vigilance.)
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To: mysterio

I wonder if I'll be charged with a "felony" some day. I teach first grade and when my students get a second grade reading level or any above that, I give them a free kids' meal. It is 30 and counting so far (average 50 each year for 25 kids). Heck, I could be charged with encouraging obesity in kids. Maybe I could get the McDonald's and Wendy's lawyers to help me out though since I contribute 100's of dollars a year to their franchises. :)


385 posted on 02/12/2006 8:43:06 PM PST by moog
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To: Tired of Taxes

Huh? Actually, I believe it could have been for a water solution science experiment.


386 posted on 02/12/2006 8:44:54 PM PST by moog
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To: muawiyah

The "zero tolerance" thing was pushed by folks who were tired of personal injury lawsuits.

Good point.


387 posted on 02/12/2006 8:46:05 PM PST by moog
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To: Calpernia
No flames. That is a valid point. And we honestly don't know.

Interesting. These posts of articles like this are meant to inflame which happens for some people. But it's interesting the twists and turns this one has.

Sometimes the whole story isn't told, particularly with the MSM. There was a girl killed by lightning here years ago and the media interviewed this pricipal about what they did when lightning came at recess time. The media editied his comments to make it appear that they let the kids stay outside then. Boy, that principal's wife was hopping mad. I would have hated to face her.

388 posted on 02/12/2006 8:50:14 PM PST by moog
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To: Old Student
I'd like to take all these people and condemn them to spend a month with my seventh-graders. I'm not sure describing these kids as stupid is accurate, as some of them are really, really articulate, but they have their heads in a whole different world from the rest of us. Good dose of reality needed here Good points. I'd like to do the same with the guv bureaucrats who run things here. hehe. My first graders would eat them alive.

I have this Down's syndrome man come help once a month in my class. He has been an absolute joy to have and a big help as well. The kids love him and he loves them. He'll often sit and say, "I LOVE my life." He's a good teacher to all of us.

389 posted on 02/12/2006 8:54:12 PM PST by moog
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To: SoftballMominVA

stop to think before acting, and then to start thinking again.

Huh?? How do you do that?:)


390 posted on 02/12/2006 8:55:22 PM PST by moog
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To: muawiyah
We are truly in trouble if our teachers and school administrators are too stupid to tell the difference between cocaine and sugar.

They are too stupid. They're too stupid to do anything.

391 posted on 02/12/2006 8:57:01 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: mysterio
I've been working in research for years, so I will have relevent experience to back up my knowledge of the fundamentals.

I haven't really decided between elementary, middle school, or high school yet,

I'm sure you'll make a GREAT teacher. To me, it is a noble profession and I am very appreciative of the many good ones I had and that I see today in my area at least. I RESENT strongly those who abuse it and do things that make the rest of us look bad.

I am a strong supporters of scientists and others getting involved. I often try to bring in people from the corporate world to be guest speakers in my own classroom. The students love it and it is a welcome break from their boring teacher who puts them to sleep.

GOOD LUCK.

392 posted on 02/12/2006 9:00:10 PM PST by moog
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To: Revel

Unreal.

I popped half a dozen pellets into a friend's butt who I found out had been making out with my girlfriend in my High School's parking lot.

The principal walked up to me, took my pellet gun (hand gun), took me to the dean's office, had him whack my butt with a paddle once for every pellet in the other guy's butt, and told me that while he understood why I was mad, I could never shoot anyone's butt full of pellets on school grounds ever again.

Today, I'd get the death penalty.


393 posted on 02/12/2006 9:00:30 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (Some people see the world as they would want it to be, effective people see the world as it is.)
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To: muawiyah

peddle sugar on the streets

Is that harder to do than a bike??


394 posted on 02/12/2006 9:01:07 PM PST by moog
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To: Junior_G

They are too stupid. They're too stupid to do anything.

Guess you've been around all of them then.


395 posted on 02/12/2006 9:03:33 PM PST by moog
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To: Luis Gonzalez

All ready for spring training???


396 posted on 02/12/2006 9:04:23 PM PST by moog
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To: robertpaulsen

"Do that to an undercover cop and your a$$ belongs to the State of Illinois for a few years."

Looks like informants got tired of being conned with look alike drugs and was somehow able to bribe Illinois legislators to make possession of powdered sugar a crime as well.

...if this isn't an example of your legislature on drugs...


397 posted on 02/12/2006 9:29:48 PM PST by takenoprisoner
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To: EveningStar

I think we should ping Matt and Trey. This would be a great episode.


398 posted on 02/12/2006 9:39:10 PM PST by Clemenza (I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked...)
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To: Thoeting

"I've never seen pot, I have no idea if it looks like oregano or not."
Most PD's around the nation have educational programs to inform parents, teachers, and students regarding pot. Often they have examples. Perhaps as an alleged teacher you should consider learning about the subject matter before you make comments.


399 posted on 02/12/2006 9:54:20 PM PST by takenoprisoner
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To: Uncle Jaque

I was half joking when i said i'd vote democrat because I still think there is a chance to change our course, and keep on going. Plus I'm aware every generation thinks this is the worst. I do not think our society is at a place where a revolution is needed, basically we are free, however both sides of the political spectrum are willing to sell out our freedoms to gain small victories for themselves. Worst case senario we're still 50 years away from our country being in such a terrible place.

However I don't think a revolution in this country would be very hard. If you get 10% of the people to just run sabotage and roadside bombings of legitament military targets we'd win in three days. Look at Iraq, our military can't chase down uneducated fanatics who make a very small portion of Iraqi society (maybe 1/10%). Not to meantion our armed forces are staffed by people who love freedom, I doubt our armed forces would fight a war against its people when a clearly repressive government was in power.



400 posted on 02/12/2006 10:04:29 PM PST by RHINO369
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