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Report: Israel Held Drill As Preparation For Attack On Iran
Haaretz ^ | June 20, 2008

Posted on 06/20/2008 3:14:56 AM PDT by Fennie

U.S. officials say Israel carried out a large military exercise this month that appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, The New York Times reported on Friday.

Citing unidentified American officials, the newspaper said more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters took part in the maneuvers over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in the first week of June.

It said the exercise appeared to be an effort to focus on long-range strikes and illustrates the seriousness with which Israel views Iran's nuclear program. The newspaper said Israeli officials would not discuss the exercise...

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; bombiran; bush; drill; iran; iraniannukes; iraq; islam; israel; obama; pentagon; wot
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To: Fennie
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Natanz will be at the top of the target list for whoever strikes iran...
51 posted on 06/20/2008 10:39:22 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Natchez Hawk
Bluff. If they could maneouvre the US of A to do another war, sure, but Israel will not fight alone.

Every war Israel has fought has been alone. They have fought Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iraq. They beat them all, too. Did not need our permission or support. They plan it well and execute the plan to perfection. We can learn from them. You better read up on your history (Just a suggestion)

52 posted on 06/20/2008 11:16:50 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Contempt of court? Do you blame me?)
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To: Fennie

I won’t believe it until it is confirmed by Debka.


53 posted on 06/20/2008 11:44:26 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: Rummyfan
And thanks NYT for disclosing this.... Unnamed officals.... appeared to be.... pure conjecture.

Actually, Israel and the US military have both deliberately leaked things to the media, or done certain things in the public's eye (like flying a bunch of fighters over Greece) in order to deliberately send a message to somebody. I have a feeling this was one of those times.
54 posted on 06/20/2008 11:48:58 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Grampa Dave; Alouette; Salem; SJackson; monkapotamus; All

That going be greatest news story EVER THAT theory LOL!

You know Barek should do chooose Islamic rage boy as VP just be honest


55 posted on 06/20/2008 1:16:56 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Uncle Miltie

alone.

And...sucessful?


56 posted on 06/20/2008 1:18:28 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: Rummyfan

This is public because Israel wanted it to be. When Israel wants to strike secretly, we find out what the target was weeks later (remember the strike a few weeks ago?)

Israel is firing one more shot across the bow of Iran. When they decide to attack, we will only find out about it after the fact. They know how to run a military operation, and are not sabatoged by their own press.


57 posted on 06/20/2008 1:22:10 PM PDT by Mom MD (The scorn of fools is music to the ears of the wise)
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To: Rapscallion

“Did not need our permission our support.”

So those airplanes, they just lit some incense, said some prayers, and they magically appeared?

American military hardware—and American tax subsidies to help them “buy” it from us.

Yeah, Israel is all types of rugged individualism. /s


58 posted on 06/20/2008 1:22:56 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: 11bravo wolfhoundf

Add on Ezekiel 38 and Isaiah 17 and I would not want to be moving against Israel at this point in history.


59 posted on 06/20/2008 1:26:19 PM PDT by Mom MD (The scorn of fools is music to the ears of the wise)
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To: Natchez Hawk

Your disdain for the “mythology” that most of us here hold as Truth has pushed you toward anti-semitism. I pity you.


60 posted on 06/20/2008 1:29:04 PM PDT by Mom MD (The scorn of fools is music to the ears of the wise)
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To: Natchez Hawk
Israel will take out Iran's nuclear program with extreme prejudice if it comes down to it. Israel cannot abide a nuclear Iran. However, and Israeli attack on Iran is logistically difficult and Israel might only have one strike with 100 or so fighter-bombers to take out dozens of sites, many of which are either in urban centers or are buried. There is a fear that Israel would have to use tactical nukes for some locations. Fallout, radioactive, and political would be a nightmare. The other issue is that any Israeli attack would involve the US on some level as the strike would cross over Iraq. Therefore the Iranians will hold us responsible and retaliate against US. The cost is real to the US and the gain of an Israel attack is not as great since its results would be limited, barring use of tactical nukes.
The other solution is an American attack on the WMD program, which is also a threat to the US. We face the same retribution but it actually works.
61 posted on 06/20/2008 1:45:36 PM PDT by rmlew (Down with the ersatz immanentization of the eschaton known as Globalism.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
If only we had half the intestinal fortitude that the Israelis have.

In other news, oil prices...
62 posted on 06/20/2008 2:16:40 PM PDT by wolf78
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To: SevenofNine

Barack Hussein ObamaMessiaHamas may have the MMS lefties fooled, over half of Congress and a lot of voters fooled.

Israel knows all about this Islamofascist Manchurian candidate. There is no way Israel will allow Iran, Syria, al Qaeda, Hamas and other Islamofacist serial killers to have their way with Israel.

If they take out Iran, Syria, al Qaeda, Hamas and the American lefties who hate America. Israel will be safe for generations.


63 posted on 06/20/2008 2:48:38 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Kerry was a Uber Liberal, Hussein ObamaMessiaHamas makes Kerry look like Jesse Helms!)
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To: Grampa Dave; devolve

Lol, daydreaming again, are we?


64 posted on 06/20/2008 3:03:58 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: Grampa Dave

I think there is two reason why Barek fool the media

MSN Media is afraid if they critize him the African American left would say SEE you are hard on the brothera

TWO his speaking style


65 posted on 06/20/2008 3:15:55 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Perdogg
Please. The Olmert Govt is weak. Nothing in Israel is going to happen until his crises is over. This may be dragged into the President McCain administration, because Olmert is not going any where until January.

Israel/Olmert recently neutralized the Syrian nuclear works. His government is apparently not as weak as his detractors think.

66 posted on 06/20/2008 3:22:17 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Vote McCain - It's better to hold your nose than grab your ankles.)
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To: Grampa Dave


Only Soros and Obama (Mugabe) are missing!

67 posted on 06/20/2008 4:43:36 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Mom MD

Mam, my remarks to mythology are in reference to your beliefs, not my feelings about any group of people.

Except those who believe their own interpretation of myth as “Truth” which I am supposed to go along with.


68 posted on 06/20/2008 5:04:24 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: johnny7

Americans will have to pay the price for Israel’s attack on Iran whether Israel fails or succeeds. Our toxic relationship means that both countries are held reponsible for the deeds of the other one.


69 posted on 06/20/2008 5:29:04 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: Jacquerie
First of all, I am not a detractor of Israel. I support Israel 100% when they are not stealing our nuclear secrets and giving to the Soviet Union.

Second of all, I believe that it would be in the US's best interest for those nuclear sites to be taken out, whether Israel or the US does it. I am not shy about saying the US should do it, nor do I believe the US should rely on Israel to do it.

Lastly, The strikes on the Syrian complex took place before the latest corruption investigation of the Olmert office. Olmert is hanging on to his political life . Olmert is talking seriously about including the future of Golan Heights and the Temple Mount.

If we do, do it, we should prepare for retaliation.
70 posted on 06/20/2008 6:03:00 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Past Your Eyes

Don’t wish that: the only reason the Israelis are as gutsy as they are is the mortal danger they face. No nation with a democratic polity has that kind of self-assertion unless it’s facing destruction.


71 posted on 06/20/2008 6:47:18 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: potlatch

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Who me?


72 posted on 06/20/2008 7:10:27 PM PDT by devolve (- Men - I want you all to relax! Let the 101st Airborne try again in 4 years! - Gen. George Patton)
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To: devolve

Lol, daydreaming isn’t your addiction.


73 posted on 06/20/2008 7:13:45 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: potlatch

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Between our democrat majority Congress, Obama, and many of the recent leaders and many troops in that country

It will not be the same as it once was

The liberal NYers need to put away their checkbooks and go put themselves on the line


74 posted on 06/20/2008 7:29:21 PM PDT by devolve (- Men - I want you all to relax! Let the 101st Airborne try again in 4 years! - Gen. George Patton)
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To: devolve

I know many are hoping to bomb Iran but the thought of another war site is daunting. AND, to Military families it must be terrifying.


75 posted on 06/20/2008 7:38:37 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: potlatch

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Many of the liberal hyphenated types think of other countries first

We should never invade, bomb, fight to protect America

Unless it’s to help their favorite countries abroad - but not the USA

Clinton:

Haiti
Somalia

Those worked out well


76 posted on 06/20/2008 7:57:32 PM PDT by devolve (- Men - I want you all to relax! Let the 101st Airborne try again in 4 years! - Gen. George Patton)
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To: devolve

Well, when I say it’s daunting to think of another war, I’m thinking of our country. Look at all the discord now and just imagine.

I know we have to stop Amadinjahad or however you spell it. I posted his head in a jar today, lol.


77 posted on 06/20/2008 8:06:21 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: potlatch

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Amanutjob

I used that long ago and it’s finally ended up on talk shows this year

Sorry - I missed your pickled Amanutjob post!


78 posted on 06/20/2008 9:42:06 PM PDT by devolve (- Men - I want you all to relax! Let the 101st Airborne try again in 4 years! - Gen. George Patton)
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To: KTM rider

I can’t believe almost half of America is even considering an Islamic president ....it’s surreal, like a Salvadore Dali scenario


80 posted on 06/21/2008 12:25:14 AM PDT by KTM rider (Obama or McCain....socialist or socialist light !)
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To: KTM rider
I can’t believe almost half of America is even considering an Islamic president ...

They're not... don't take seriously ANYTHING the DBM polls say in June, July or August. Obama's biggest vote-killer isn't that he spent some formative years in a Madrasa Islamia... it's that he was a follower of black-liberation “theology” for 20 years and seems to be a Marxist to boot.

America is open to a black president... but not a duplicitous one.

81 posted on 06/21/2008 4:04:32 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: LibLieSlayer
Israelis are GOD’s chosen people... but you knew that.

No, Christians are God's chosen people.

Jews are further down the list.

82 posted on 06/21/2008 4:54:49 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Fennie
Israel, and the US, will not attack Iran, and Iran knows it.

It would be a one way trip for the Israeli pilots. If the US allows them to overfly Iraq, it will be viewed as the US attacking Iran. Which we do not have the men, material, or money to do.

We can't even finish up the job in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran is an order of magnitude greater. Couple that with Russia getting very nervous about NATO on all over her western and now southern borders, and it could set up a world war.

83 posted on 06/21/2008 5:56:10 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: humblegunner
That's funny... my Lord and personal savior is a Jew... and GOD as HIS father chose the Jewish people for the birth HIS son.

LLS

84 posted on 06/21/2008 7:10:01 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (REAGANISM... not communism!!!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
John 10:9

Those "chosen people" need to get the Word.

85 posted on 06/21/2008 7:56:12 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Fennie; All

I’m really confused by this revelation that Israel has been doing a drill to hit Iran.

The biggest advantage you have against your enemy is SURPRISE! Why on earth would Israel want Iran to know it’s coming to get their little project and make it a cement parking lot ..??

And .. if Israel is really planing this .. are they using the USA to give out the information? .. because Israel may have told us they were going to hit Iraq’s nukes (years ago), but we never made it public.

This just seems strange to me that this exercise has been made public.


86 posted on 06/21/2008 9:21:30 AM PDT by CyberAnt (Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: devolve

Yep, you did, lol.


87 posted on 06/21/2008 2:53:35 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: potlatch

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Ooooooops

Backtracking my original post you just replied to!


88 posted on 06/21/2008 3:45:43 PM PDT by devolve (- Men - I want you all to relax! Let the 101st Airborne try again in 4 years! - Gen. George Patton)
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To: devolve

No problem.


89 posted on 06/21/2008 3:50:39 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: Fennie
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90 posted on 06/21/2008 4:21:08 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (If there were no Cowards there could be no Bullies.)
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To: humblegunner
We've overflown the Mediterranean many times.

Why is it heroic when Israel does it?

Don't know how "heroic" it might have been. But it was a message. The same message that SAC used to send with it's non-stop around the world flights. Only both more and less so. By demonstating that they had the capabilty to conduct a *conventionaL* strike at the same distance as Iran is from them, they've made such an attack much more credible. Without the ability to condict a conventional strick that from from their own airfields, the Israelis woudl be stuck with the Samson option. Nukes, on missiles. The lack of necessity for using nukes, makes any threats more credible.

Hopefully, like with SAC, the message will be received and their will be no war, but with Amanutjob, it's hard to say if any deterence, short of introducing him to his 72 virgins and the 13th Iman would do the job.

91 posted on 06/21/2008 10:58:02 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Fennie

“The New York Times reported on Friday.” Think about what the old gray whore wants to happen and how she is always working to prevent Israel from doing what it must which goes against the socialist/commie agenda of the New York Slimes.


92 posted on 06/21/2008 11:09:27 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Fennie

“The newspaper said Israeli officials would not discuss the exercise...”

Ya think?


93 posted on 06/22/2008 10:24:00 AM PDT by toddlintown (My kingdom for a beer!)
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To: Grampa Dave; F15Eagle; Salem; SunkenCiv
"The Obamination gets elected Potus and it is January 20, 2009. The Obamination has just said his version of being sworn in as Potus: ““ I do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will not support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, I will not bear true faith and allegiance to the same: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will not faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me Allah. ” As the Obamination starts to speak, his Pentagon guy with the football tells Obamination, that shorty after he was sworn in, Israel destroyed the political and military assets of Iran and Syria. The Mossad has killed every al Queda leader in Iran, Iraq, fghanistan, Europe and America. Also, Israeli leaders on world wide tv are showing and documenting the Obamination’s full Islamofascist connections and most of the rats in Congress. They have demanded the surrender of those members of Congress and the Obamination to Israel and Iraq for abetting the killing of innocent Israelis and Iranians by supporting Islamofascists. George $oreA$$ and his family members and various phoney non profit leaders are in Israel at this time being tried as War Criminals."

WOW! That is some scenario! If such a scenario happened, I imaging the majority of "typical bitter religion clinin' gun totin'" Americans would consider Israel to have saved civilization and be more pro-Israel that most of them already are.
94 posted on 06/23/2008 4:48:09 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA ("When I was a boy, America was a better place" - Dennis Prager)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

If that happens, the pink pantie and rainbow pantie wearing liberals would have their silk laced panties all tied up in tight bunches.

The left wingers in control of Congress and the Obamination would be outraged. However, their outrage would have no impact on what was done.

These actions by Israel would insure overall safety for its citizens for decades. The proxie/armies/fronts for Iran like Hamas would have no funding, and their scumbags would be hunted and putdown by the IDF and Mossad like rabid dogs.

Iran and Syria in the areas of former military bases and nuclear sites would glow and be off limites for several decades.

Israel will not commit suicide by standing by and doing nothing if the Obamanation wins in November.


95 posted on 06/23/2008 8:15:48 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Kerry was a Uber Liberal, Hussein ObamaMessiaHamas makes Kerry look like Jesse Helms!)
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To: Fennie

Loose lips sink ships....


96 posted on 06/23/2008 8:19:09 AM PDT by Chili Girl
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To: Grampa Dave
Ain't it the truth!

"If that happens, the pink pantie and rainbow pantie wearing liberals would have their silk laced panties all tied up in tight bunches."

ROFL! CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABS, PBS, and parts of Fox News would have a howling fit if Israel went "Old Testament" on Iran, Syria, the various Amalekstinians, etc. Their pointy elitist heads would explode. Can you see Chrisie Matthews, Shepherd Smith, etc. broadcasting the event?
97 posted on 06/23/2008 10:30:21 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA ("When I was a boy, America was a better place" - Dennis Prager)
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To: Fennie

When Israel attacks Iran, gas will obviously surge a dollar or two almost immediately.

Is that what it will take to start drilling and building refineries?


98 posted on 06/23/2008 3:48:44 PM PDT by conservativeinferno (My SUV is the urban squirrel's worst predator.)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Boy, sure does seem to be a lot of spoil in that picture,
the amount of earth and rock indicates a lot of subterranian galleries.


99 posted on 06/23/2008 3:58:55 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Roger Dat!,,,

Here is the other “Top Target” :

http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geu98tOWBIZGcAkdhXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyY3UxYTJpBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMwRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA0Y4NjBfODE-/SIG=12bvdljju/EXP=1214352045/**http%3a//www.fas.org/nuke/guide/iran/facility/bushehr.htm

Google Earth shows it ringed with ADA batteries...


100 posted on 06/23/2008 5:24:55 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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