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Bush: U.S. Has Case Against Iraq
Yahoo ^ | 9/7/02 | JENNIFER LOVEN

Posted on 09/07/2002 1:42:20 PM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection

President Bush said Saturday there is ample evidence Iraq's Saddam Hussein is developing weapons of mass destruction.

He cited satellite photos released by a U.N. agency that show unexplained construction at Iraq sites that weapons inspectors once visited to search for evidence Saddam was trying to develop nuclear arms.

"I don't know what more evidence we need" to make the case for taking action against the Iraqi president, Bush said as he greeted British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Camp David for a weekend strategy session on Iraq.

Bush greeted the British leader as he got off a helicopter at the presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin mountains. The two were to hold several hours of discussions before Blair returned to London.

Blair encouraged allies to join the United States and Britain in challenging Iraq. "This is a problem and we can't ignore it," he said en route to the United States.

The meeting came five days before Bush addresses the United Nations ( news - web sites), where he is expected to challenge the international community to take quick, tough action to disarm Saddam or the United States will be obligated to act on its own to remove Saddam, according to advisers involved in writing the speech.

Bush will tell the United Nations there is no time to waste; one early draft refers to Iraq as a "ticking time bomb."

Blair, nearly alone among world leaders as an unflinching ally with Bush against Iraq, cast doubt on whether Iraq would ever allow U.N. weapons inspectors the freedom to work effectively.

"I have to point out that we have got to see this in the light of experience. Why did the inspectors go? It was because the inspectors found they couldn't do their work. Whatever weapons inspection regime is put in has to be one that's very effective," Blair told reporters as he flew to the United States.

Blair said the international community agreed that Saddam had to be dealt with "one way or another."

"I think most people are at first base, which is that yes, this is a problem and we can't ignore it," Blair said, according to Press Association, Britain's national news agency.

Bush is strongly considering a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set a deadline for Iraq to open its weapons sites to unfettered inspection and to apply punitive action if the Iraqi president refuses.

Saddam refuses to allow inspectors into his country and says Iraq has already destroyed its weapons of mass destruction.

Senior Bush advisers acknowledge that Bush is setting the stage for a confrontation with Saddam, with the U.N. speech a last-ditch attempt to build an international coalition. The president assumes the outcome eventually will lead to military force, aides said.

Foreign leaders, however, held out hope Saturday for a diplomatic solution.

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said in Italy that he believed there is a "strong possibility" weapons inspectors will be allowed to return to Iraq and have unlimited access to "whatever sites" they wanted to see.

Homeland security chief Tom Ridge said he had a "very appropriate" meeting with Moussa and that Bush had yet to decide on a possible U.S. attack.

Russia's defense minister, Sergei Ivanov, told reporters in Moscow that his government believes a quick and unconditional return of the inspectors could ease the crisis.

But Iraq's information minister said Saturday in Jordan that the United States only cares about "a change in the political regime in Iraq."

"To hell with them," Mohammad Saeed Sahaf said of the U.S. government. "They, their sons and their grandchildren will be changed and the regime in Iraq won't be."

In Blair, the U.S. president has an outspoken supporter of his Iraq policy despite criticism from the British public, his own party and others in Europe.

Blair said last week his government hoped to soon publish a dossier of evidence on the Iraqi president's efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. Britain released a similar paper against Osama bin Laden ( news - web sites) and his al-Qaida network just days before the start of the U.S.- and British-led strikes in Afghanistan ( news - web sites).

Blair has helped to rally international support, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin ( news - web sites) and French President Jacques Chirac and meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud.

Bush on Friday called Putin, Chirac and Chinese President Jiang Zemin ( news - web sites) — all opposed to a unilateral U.S. military strike against Iraq. They promised to hear — but not necessarily to endorse — Bush's case against Saddam when administration teams visit their three capitals, senior officials said.

Bush plans to see Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien in Detroit on Monday and Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barosso at the White House on Tuesday.

The Washington Post reported, meanwhile, that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office on Friday night withdrew a 2,300-word article he had written for Sunday's editions making the case for pre-emptive military action.

The article cited the three countries Bush has called the "axis of evil" — Iraq, Iran and North Korea ( news - web sites) — as well as Libya and Syria.

Pentagon ( news - web sites) spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said Rumsfeld withdrew the article because the timing "was not right," the Post reported.


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KEYWORDS: developingweapons; isampleevidence; saddamhussein
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Leftists, what say you?
1 posted on 09/07/2002 1:42:20 PM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Ask the appeasers if they demanded to know if Haiti was a threat to America, Bosnia, Kosovo.......was Serbia about to attack America.....

Now we have a true madman who would think nothing of unleashing deadly weapons upon the world and the leftists are practicing bending over.

No comments from the left when we bombed oil production centers in Serbia, bombed the pipeline carrying drinking water.....no comment at all. Suddenly the peaceniks are back in charge.........UGH

2 posted on 09/07/2002 1:48:13 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

3 posted on 09/07/2002 1:49:20 PM PDT by StopDemocratsDotCom
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
if you want the lefts thoughts click here
http://www.capitolgrilling.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=008128

4 posted on 09/07/2002 1:55:06 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"Blair, nearly alone among world leaders as an unflinching ally with Bush against Iraq"

Once again, the liberal media slips in its "Bush is going it alone" talking point.

How about writing it this way instead:

"Blair, along with Bush one of the few world leaders taking action on the Iraq threat"

5 posted on 09/07/2002 1:58:17 PM PDT by j271
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"But what has Saddam done lately?"

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6 posted on 09/07/2002 1:59:06 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: StopDemocratsDotCom

Hey Teddy, pass the ashtray and allow me to "dump" on the Leftists.


7 posted on 09/07/2002 2:05:33 PM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: OldFriend
"No comments from the left when we bombed oil production centers in Serbia, bombed the pipeline carrying drinking water.....no comment at all. Suddenly the peaceniks are back in charge.........UGH "

All of your observations are absolutely true.

This is not really a dissent against war with Iraq, it is a dissent against America and especially Bush.(whom they view as a out of control cowboy who wants world domination or some BS like that)

It's not easy to be number 1! That is all this commotion is about. Penis envy!

8 posted on 09/07/2002 2:06:01 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: wirestripper
The utter hypocracy is stunning. They're screeching about what did Bush know and our intelligence agencies failed us (AND THEY DID).......and now they want to do nothing.....and their cohorts in the media are silent.
9 posted on 09/07/2002 2:11:47 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: TLBSHOW
Saddam refuses to allow inspectors into his country and says Iraq has already destroyed its weapons of mass destruction.

One has to wonder how much of his programs have been moved out of Iraq to other countries, like say Libya. Hitler , you will remember, moved some of the build up of the luftwaffe to Russia, or hid it under commercial development.

10 posted on 09/07/2002 2:13:01 PM PDT by tet68
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To: StopDemocratsDotCom
Bush and Blair are starting to look alike. It's that rock band thing. Look at the Stones.
11 posted on 09/07/2002 2:15:14 PM PDT by The Great Satan
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Leftists, what say you?

http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/745841/posts

12 posted on 09/07/2002 2:19:12 PM PDT by listenhillary
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To: OldFriend
No comments from the left when we bombed oil production centers in Serbia, bombed the pipeline carrying drinking water.....no comment at all. Suddenly the peaceniks are back in charge.........UGH

Further evidence that a demon was in charge for 8 years.

We are so lucky that we survived.......or did we.

The stage was set by the great stain-maker.....how it plays out is still in doubt.

13 posted on 09/07/2002 2:35:59 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
For some reason the left WANTS us to be in jeopardy.....
14 posted on 09/07/2002 2:41:45 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"To hell with them," Mohammad Saeed Sahaf said of the U.S. government. "They, their sons and their grandchildren will be changed and the regime in Iraq won't be."

Over my dead body, sheik. You'll get shot by a girl.

15 posted on 09/07/2002 2:45:47 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection; All
Here's a hodgepodge from 2 files I just made:

Exploring Iraq link to pre-Sept. 11 acts

Iraq - Scotsman says Saddam has weapons to wipe out world's population, nuclear bomb within 3 years

Target: Safe Harbor - Bush's case against Iraq is iron-clad post-9/11.

 
Is Iraq rearming? (TRANSLATION: IRAQ RE-ARMING)

The Iraq Connection - Was Saddam involved in OK City and the 1st WTC bombing? ~ Micah Morrison

West Nile Virus Links to Saddam and Castro

Iraq and Cuba – Fitting Pieces in the West Nile Virus Puzzle?


 
 

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/743892/posts
Militia defector claims Baghdad trained Al-Qaeda fighters in chemical warfare
Sunday Times | July 14, 2002 | Gwynne Roberts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/741676/posts
THE IRAQI CONNECTION:Saddam Controlled The Camps
London Observer ^ | November 11, 2001 | David Rose;Ed Vulliamy; Kae Connolly

The Sudan-Iraq-Afghanistan Alliance: and the Russian connection (America's enemies unveiled)

Earlier US airplane hijack plot first uncovered in Philippines: police

And this:

 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/743525/posts
Experts: Iraq has tons of chemical weapons(CNN)
CNN ^ | 9/2/02

And this:

The Iraqi connection
Telegragh:Iraq's chemists bought anthrax from America
Link
Link
Link
West Nile virus confirmed in Chicago burbs
Salman Pak: In 1985, the CDC sent three shipments of West Nile Fever virus to Iraq for use in medical research. Valerie Kuklenski, "Western Firms Supplied Iraq with Chemical Weapons," UPI, October 2, 1990.

16 posted on 09/07/2002 2:48:06 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: j271
"Blair, along with Bush one of the few world leaders taking action on the Iraq threat"

bump! Why do they keep excluding Kuwait, Italy and Turkey?

17 posted on 09/07/2002 2:49:38 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Foreign leaders, however, held out hope Saturday for a diplomatic solution.

Diplomacy: the art of saying "nice doggie" while you reach for a large rock.

18 posted on 09/07/2002 2:49:46 PM PDT by NorCoGOP
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To: StopDemocratsDotCom
#3 Great analogy. Hope the bond continues. What would the Brits have thought in 1776 that 200 years later, we'd be forming a coalition to fight a greater threat to soveign nations? The possibilities are endless. Mr. Blair, we salute you!..........I had the rare opportunity to see the Iron Lady, PM Thatcher a few years ago in Kansas City......What a rich and glorious heritage your nation has!........Stay with us, and we will be victorious.....
19 posted on 09/07/2002 2:50:39 PM PDT by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: backhoe
Today's thread: Iraq - Scotsman says Saddam has weapons to wipe out world's population is a must read for interested Freepers. Glad you included the link. Good list.
20 posted on 09/07/2002 2:55:00 PM PDT by Peach
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To: OldFriend
Now we have a true madman who would think nothing of unleashing deadly weapons upon the world and the leftists are practicing bending over.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

21 posted on 09/07/2002 2:55:48 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
BOOM!!! BOOM!!!

OUT GO THE LIGHTS!!

Let'S ROLL!!!!

22 posted on 09/07/2002 2:57:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: OldFriend
"Yeah! Bring it all down, man!" </60's leftist rant>
23 posted on 09/07/2002 3:02:50 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: NormsRevenge
deja vu?


24 posted on 09/07/2002 3:05:17 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: GVgirl
Why do they keep excluding Kuwait, Italy and Turkey?

You forgot to add: </rhetorical question>

25 posted on 09/07/2002 3:05:52 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: GVgirl
Over my dead body, sheik. You'll get shot by a girl.

Maybe. Or a cruise missle or daisy-cutter. Or one of his own.

26 posted on 09/07/2002 3:08:01 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: glock rocks
I'd like to send Wolf Blitzer and Phil Donahue to Baghdad about now!! ;-)
27 posted on 09/07/2002 3:09:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
i concur.


28 posted on 09/07/2002 3:17:33 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: Peach
Thanks for looking-- if you run a web search for Yellow Rain you'll find Saddam & Iraq popping up...
29 posted on 09/07/2002 3:18:35 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: j271
Once again, the liberal media slips in its "Bush is going it alone" talking point.

....The same liberal media that was so gung-ho - downright mongerish - about going to war in the Balkans, which posed absolutely NO threat to the U.S.

It's disgusting that even in times like these, when the U.S. is under direct attack from organized terrorist groups and their state sponsors (some of which have WMD, and wouldn't hesitite to use them on us), the media still chooses plays politics with thinly disguised leftist editorials.

30 posted on 09/07/2002 4:05:32 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
??
31 posted on 09/07/2002 4:09:18 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Here's my question. If Saddam is prepared with nukes next week, how would you suspect he would deliver them and what do you think he would target? What regions of the nation should be most concerned?

I'm trying to think ahead to the inevitable, because I suspect the Left will drag their feet and hinder this president just long enough to have many thousands of Americans killed by this maniac.

32 posted on 09/07/2002 4:25:36 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Blair said [snip] is government hoped to soon publish a dossier of evidence on the Iraqi president's efforts [snip]to develop weapons of mass destruction.[snip] Britain released a similar paper against Osama bin Laden ...

If this case is as thin (and embarrassing) as the last one, little wonder Dubya has Poodle Boy publish these things.

33 posted on 09/07/2002 4:45:07 PM PDT by allrightythen
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To: anniegetyourgun
Here's my question. If Saddam is prepared with nukes next week, how would you suspect he would deliver them and what do you think he would target?

You could ask one of the jingoistic keyboard warriors on this board,..or you could ask Terry Ritter USMC, and recent Iraq weapons inspector. Ritter, says Saddam doesnt have WMD or the means to deliver.

34 posted on 09/07/2002 4:53:37 PM PDT by allrightythen
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To: OldFriend
My point is: The Godless leftists support the Arabs and even to an extent Hussein because they are at odds with US interests. WE are the bad guys. It was OUR fault that the peace loving Arabs struck on 9-11. Saddam is a poor victim of agressive, imperialist, US governmenmt policy that is controlled by the evil corporate interests in collusion with Christians and Zionists. The reason Iraqi's are starving is not because Saddam has confiscated the wealth of the Iraqi nation, it is because of US policy. Same goes for Arafart and the Pali's. That's basically the script, wouldn't you agree?
35 posted on 09/07/2002 5:00:46 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Ohhhhh.....thanks for the clarification. I'm a little slow on the uptake. Agree completely....it's as you said, we're the enemy!
36 posted on 09/07/2002 5:15:25 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
What's leftist about the article?
37 posted on 09/07/2002 5:26:01 PM PDT by FreedomFriend
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To: WyCoKsRepublican
What would the Brits have thought in 1776 that 200 years later, we'd be forming a coalition to fight a greater threat to soveign nations?

The Bush administration has been strong in its support for measures that destroy American sovereignty. "Free Trade" and wide-open borders are threats to our sovereignty.

38 posted on 09/07/2002 5:30:54 PM PDT by FreedomFriend
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To: Jack-A-Roe
....The same liberal media that was so gung-ho - downright mongerish - about going to war in the Balkans, which posed absolutely NO threat to the U.S.

Wasn't this the war that Clinton told us and the other side that he would not use ground troops. All the better to keep the media and the followers on his side.

39 posted on 09/07/2002 5:32:07 PM PDT by OReilly
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
WoW. They're supporting the UN, and claiming this is an international conflict that needs the help of the UN? Why is our administration giving credibility to the United Nations?
40 posted on 09/07/2002 5:35:10 PM PDT by FreedomFriend
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To: allrightythen
Who's Terry Ritter? Do you mean Scott Ritter, the weapons inspector who hasn't been in Iraq for a number of years now?
41 posted on 09/07/2002 6:12:42 PM PDT by tabsternager
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To: tet68
Great observation.
42 posted on 09/07/2002 6:29:29 PM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: tabsternager
Scott Ritter is on the payroll of the iraqis. Google up Ritter +Iraq +$400,000
43 posted on 09/07/2002 7:23:41 PM PDT by dmeara
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To: NormsRevenge
BOOM!!! BOOM!!! OUT GO THE LIGHTS!! Let'S ROLL!!!!

I agree completely. If Sadam "Insane" gets nuclear weapons he will use them. He is a great threat to safety of all nations.

44 posted on 09/07/2002 11:02:14 PM PDT by 2nd_Amendment_Defender
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To: tet68
Hitler , you will remember, moved some of the build up of the luftwaffe to Russia...

I didn't know that, could you provide some documentation of what was done?

45 posted on 09/08/2002 12:03:39 AM PDT by UnBlinkingEye
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To: StopDemocratsDotCom
No comparison.

Tony Blair is no Winston Churchill.

And GW is no FDR. (Thank God!)

Nik
46 posted on 09/08/2002 1:43:45 AM PDT by Nik Naym
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To: allrightythen
Ritter, says Saddam doesnt have WMD or the means to deliver.

It's not our fault that Ritter is a bald-faced liar.

I don't think you understand yet. You are free to sacrifice your own life on the alter of political correctness, but you will not sacrifice mine.

Put your seatbelt on. We are at war, and the ride might get bumpy.

47 posted on 09/08/2002 4:32:02 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
If Bush does nothing, the same and we get a biological attack, the same people saying we shouldn't invade Iraq will say it's Bush's fault for not doing more against terrorism.
48 posted on 09/08/2002 4:45:11 PM PDT by lasereye
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To: NorCoGOP
Diplomacy: the art of saying "nice doggie" while you reach for a large rock

I enjoyed this comment just before we started bombing Afghanistan. Did you make it then, too? LOL!

49 posted on 09/09/2002 2:46:47 AM PDT by patriciaruth
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To: allrightythen
If this case is as thin (and embarrassing) as the last one, little wonder Dubya has Poodle Boy publish these things.

I note you joined FreeRepublic AFTER 9-11. Like mail received by a stranger after the anthrax attacks, your comments are all suspect.

I don't even believe you are an American. What appeasement favoring country do you hale from anyway?

50 posted on 09/09/2002 2:52:24 AM PDT by patriciaruth
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