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RAFSANJANI SAYS MUSLIMS SHOULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPON AGAINST ISRAEL (Iran)
Iran Press Service ^

Posted on 03/12/2003 9:54:15 AM PST by William McKinley

RAFSANJANI SAYS MUSLIMS SHOULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPON AGAINST ISRAEL

TEHRAN 14 Dec. (IPS) One of Iran’s most influential ruling cleric called Friday on the Muslim states to use nuclear weapon against Israel, assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them "damages only".

"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world", Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani told the crowd at the traditional Friday prayers in Tehran.

Analysts said not only Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s speech was the strongest against Israel, but also this is the first time that a prominent leader of the Islamic Republic openly suggests the use of nuclear weapon against the Jewish State.

"It seems that Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani is forgetting that due to the present intertwinement of Israel and Palestine, the destruction of the Jewish State would also means the mass killing of Palestinian population as well", observed one Iranian commentator.

While Israel is believed to possess between 100 to 200 nuclear war heads, the Islamic Republic and Iraq are known to be working hard to produce their own atomic weapons with help from Russia and North Korea, Pakistan, also a Muslim state, has already a certain number of nuclear bomb.

In a lengthy speech to mark the so-called "International Qods (Jerusalem) Day" celebrated in Iran only, Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who, as the Chairman of the Assembly to Discern the Interests of the State, is the Islamic Republic’s number two man after Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, said since Israel was an emanation of Western colonialism therefore "in future it will be the interests of colonialism that will determine existence or non-existence of Israel".

Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani made the unprecedented threat as, following new suicide operations inside Israel and against Israeli settlements by Palestinian extremists in PA-controlled zones, responded by Israel’s heaviest bombarding of Palestinian cities, police, communication and radio-television installations, killing and wounding more than 200 people on both sides, resulted in the halting of all contacts between Israel and the PA of Mr. Yaser Arafat.

He said since Israel is the product of Western colonialism, "the continued existence of Israel depends on interests of arrogance and colonialism and as long as the base is helpful for colonialism, it is going to keep it.

Hashemi-Rafsanjani advised Western states not to pin their hopes on Israel's violence because it will be "very dangerous".

"We are not willing to see security in the world is harmed", he said, warning against the "eruption of the Third World War.

"War of the pious and martyrdom seeking forces against peaks of colonialism will be highly dangerous and might fan flames of the World War III", the former Iranian president said, backing firmly suicide operations against Israel.

Quoted by the official news agency IRNA, Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani said weakening of Palestinian Jihad is "unlikely", as the Palestinians have come to the conclusion that talks would be effective only "in light of struggle and self-sacrifice- the two key elements that gave way to beginning of the second Intifada".
Iranian analysts and commentators outside Iran immediately reacted to Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s statement, expressing fear that it might trigger an international backlash against Iran itself, giving Israel, the United States and other Western and even Arab nations to further isolate Iran as a source of threat to regional security.
"Jews shall expect to be once again scattered and wandering around the globe the day when this appendix is extracted from the region and the Muslim world", Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani warned, blaming on the United States and Britain the "creation of the fabricated entity" in the heart of Arab and Muslim world.

"The man who considers himself as the most able politician in the Islamic Republic utters such nonsense and empty threats at a very time that the hard line and extremist government of Israel under Mr. Ariel Sharon is looking for justification of its repressive policy against Palestinians", said Mr. Ahmad Salamatian, a veteran political analyst based in Paris.

"At a time that the right wing Israeli government is claiming that the very existence of Israel and the Jews are threatened and uses this pretext as an instrument to advance its policy of repression in Palestine, such statements and ushering such dangerous menaces by one of Iran’s top officials is nothing but bringing water to Israel’s propaganda mill, providing it with more justifications explaining its present maximalist policy", he told the Persian service of Radio France Internationale.

Though Mr. Salamatian is of the opinion that Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s words are part of both his own show and the ongoing internal tensions between conservatives and reformers, however, he also agrees with other Iranian analysts that his "untimely" menace could backfire, becoming a justification for threats against Iran, at a time that the United States and its allies are determined to continue the fight against international terrorism.

"One of Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s main characteristics in Iranian politics during the past twenty years is that in order to preserve his own position, he is ready to set fire to all the Caesareas for one handkerchief, including, in the present case, providing Israel with enough pretext to attack Iran", he noted, adding: "for the time being and what is important for Mr. Sharon is that this kind of statements are open invitation for more violence, an encouragement to extremists on either side of the Israel-Palestine conflict".

Observing that despite the fact that Israel is believed to have more than one hundred atomic warheads and the necessary technology to transport them to the very heart of Iran and elsewhere, but no Israeli official nor any newspaper have ever raised the slightest possibility of an atomic threat, "even in defence of their very existence", Mr. Salamatian wondered the reasons behind Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s declaration, which he said should be taken seriously "considering the rank of the man who pronounced it". ENDS RAFSANJANI NUKE THREATS 141201


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: axisofevil; iran; rafsanjani

1 posted on 03/12/2003 9:54:16 AM PST by William McKinley
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To: William McKinley
bump
2 posted on 03/12/2003 9:55:41 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Take charge of your destiny, or someone else will)
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To: William McKinley
would also means the mass killing of Palestinian population as well

Not to mention the annihilation of most Iranians.

3 posted on 03/12/2003 9:56:13 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: William McKinley
Hey, Jim Moran! Any wonder why the JEWS support the war against Iraq?
4 posted on 03/12/2003 9:57:07 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: William McKinley
Um....okay Mr. Rafasanjani, step up to the plate. YOU be next.
5 posted on 03/12/2003 9:57:20 AM PST by EggsAckley ( Hannibal Lechter: "I love the French. They taste like chicken.")
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To: William McKinley
it would cost them "damages only".

Wrong-o. It'll cost them Mecca.

6 posted on 03/12/2003 9:58:02 AM PST by nina0113
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
Yet somehow, when Bush named Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as being an axis of evil, he was the one out of line. Go figure.
7 posted on 03/12/2003 9:58:04 AM PST by William McKinley (And as she started to go, she said "Billy keep your head low Billy don't be a hero come back to me")
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To: William McKinley
"It seems that Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani is forgetting that due to the present intertwinement of Israel and Palestine, the destruction of the Jewish State would also means the mass killing of Palestinian population as well", observed one Iranian commentator.

Of course, but the Jihadis are motivated by hatred of the Jews, not any sincere compassion for the so-called Palestinians. They care nothing about them other than as a tool to destroy the Kafir state (Israel) in their midst.

8 posted on 03/12/2003 9:59:05 AM PST by Hugin
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To: William McKinley
He is all but inviting the Israelis to do an Osirak on Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.
9 posted on 03/12/2003 9:59:10 AM PST by denydenydeny
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
I smell a smouldering old nuclear reactor in Iran.
10 posted on 03/12/2003 9:59:48 AM PST by labowski
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I should have linked also the NRO's The Corner, which is where I saw mention of this.
11 posted on 03/12/2003 10:00:00 AM PST by William McKinley (You're so vain, you probably think this tagline's about you)
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To: William McKinley; weikel; SJackson
Their little pissant theocracy won't last the year.

Israel is going to take out the reactor before it comes fully online.
12 posted on 03/12/2003 10:00:20 AM PST by Sparta (I like RINO hunting)
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To: William McKinley
How long until Israel takes out Iran's nuclear reactor? How perfect. Reactor gone, and we had nothing to do with it.
13 posted on 03/12/2003 10:01:43 AM PST by Bluegrass Federalist
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To: Sparta
Israel is going to take out the reactor before it comes fully online.

Probably tue. The question is, we will condemn it this time around (at least publicly)?

14 posted on 03/12/2003 10:01:43 AM PST by RoughDobermann
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To: denydenydeny
He is all but inviting the Israelis to do an Osirak on Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

I'll bet it's a done deal.

Let's refuel them as they fly on over North Korea on the return trip.

15 posted on 03/12/2003 10:03:21 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: William McKinley
Mr. Salamatian wondered the reasons behind Mr. Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s declaration

It's simple. He said what all irrational, uncivilized, barbaric, childish Muslims think, deep down, but are unwilling to say in public. These bustards think with their spleens.

16 posted on 03/12/2003 10:04:11 AM PST by Migraine (trut)
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To: William McKinley

17 posted on 03/12/2003 10:05:13 AM PST by Jewels1091
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To: denydenydeny

I hope they do Bomb the crap out of the Reactor.

At least someone would be showing some guts.

18 posted on 03/12/2003 10:05:43 AM PST by Prysson
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To: Jewels1091
I found a picture that I can't seem to post...but it is funny.
19 posted on 03/12/2003 10:06:13 AM PST by Jewels1091
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To: William McKinley
After this speech from a person with a high degree of political authority in Iran, any attack by Israel against an Iranian nuclear facility has to be categorized as defensive rather than pre-emptive. AJP Taylor pointed out quite some time ago that Hitler from 1933 on clearly told other governments that he was going to engage in aggressive miliary actions, and they wilfully stuck their heads in the sand.

Israel, fortunately, has been far more careful in taking its enemies at their word. Thank heavens someone learns from history.

20 posted on 03/12/2003 10:06:46 AM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: William McKinley
Sure go right ahead...

If they really are in that much of a hurry to see every major mid-east muslim city reduced to dust by israeli nuclear response, and believe me their nukes are a lot more powerful and modern that the primitive WWII era grade bomb Iran or Iraq might be able to produce.
21 posted on 03/12/2003 10:06:58 AM PST by apillar
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To: RoughDobermann
This is old news..dated 12/14/2001
22 posted on 03/12/2003 10:07:58 AM PST by Merovingian
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To: Sparta
Israel is going to take out the reactor before it comes fully online

Don't count on it. Welcome to the Clinton legacy.

23 posted on 03/12/2003 10:09:17 AM PST by riri
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To: Semper Paratus
They call it "birth control"
24 posted on 03/12/2003 10:10:36 AM PST by ken5050
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To: William McKinley
Hey Raffy, you're next!


25 posted on 03/12/2003 10:15:09 AM PST by BSunday (Saddam your eyes!)
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To: William McKinley
Why put Mecca and Medina in play if you don't have to?
26 posted on 03/12/2003 10:26:43 AM PST by TexanToTheCore
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To: William McKinley
RAFSANJANI SAYS MUSLIMS SHOULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPON AGAINST ISRAEL

Rafsanjani and Democratic Representative Moran...soul-mates...
If not lovers...
(hey, I'm not even Jewish, but I think Rep. Moran earned that sort of cheap-shot...)
27 posted on 03/12/2003 10:31:33 AM PST by VOA
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To: William McKinley
The Prosecution rests, Your Honor!

Let's Roll!!

28 posted on 03/12/2003 10:34:11 AM PST by DCPatriot
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To: William McKinley
One of Iran’s most influential ruling cleric called Friday on the Muslim states to
use nuclear weapon against Israel,
assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel,
it would cost them "damages only"
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Talk about a Death-Wish!
I can't remember number of the last "Death Wish" film, but I think Charles Bronson
with some make-up could probably portray Rafsanjani in a film about this...

Oh, this is the news report to hand to all your Democratic/Liberal/Wacky
friends who thought the "Axis of Evil" phrase was "extremist"...
29 posted on 03/12/2003 10:35:25 AM PST by VOA
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To: William McKinley
I will bet you all good American dollars that Israel will initiate an attack on these sites to coincide with the upcoming attack on Iraq.

It will be like a scene out of the Godfather movie when Michael finished the family's business during the baby's baptism.

Iraq and Korea will both get "whacked", and Iran will get b*tched-slapped by Israel's jet fighters.

PS. Hey China! Pay attention, because we think your fingerprints are all over these Far East events.

30 posted on 03/12/2003 10:39:29 AM PST by DCPatriot
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To: William McKinley
It would appear that the Iranians - and, let's face it, a lot of other Moslem/Arabic countries - are in such a blind fury of the Jewish State that they are willing to turn their entire country into a suicide bomber.

Israel has been very coy about its possession of nuclear weapons - not to mention the size of its arsenal - unlike the Arabs who are actively threatening a nuclear attack even when they don't yet have the weapons. This Moslem sabre-rattling was the principal reason that the Israelis bombed Saddam's nuclear bomb factory in (I think) 1981. After all, if they're explicitly telling everyone they're going to use the bombs on you, that's about all the evidence you need to go in for a disabling strike.

Israel would undoubtedly not take a nuclear (or other) attack sitting on its hands. Even if a sneak attack destroyed all but one of its jets or all but one of its submarines, it would launch a retaliatory strike. My own suggestion is nuke the Arab oil fields first. A nuclear bomb on a major oilfield would cause a flare that could be seen by astronauts on the moon ... and would instantly reduce that Arab country's credit rating to zero. If a second wave is possible, go for the tourist attractions, such as Damascus or the pyramids and, yes, Mecca.

31 posted on 03/12/2003 10:43:08 AM PST by DonQ
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To: William McKinley
Karnak predicts a short lifespan for Iran's nuclear reactor.
32 posted on 03/12/2003 10:50:00 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: DCPatriot
I figure that's how it may go down.
33 posted on 03/12/2003 10:51:13 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: William McKinley
They're third on the list. Before suggesting the nuking of Israel, this "cleric" might want to think about the effects of an Israeli nuke on the capitals of the Muslim world. Or the Aswan High Dam. Or Mecca. Israel is estimated to have about a hundred nuclear weapons. Is he sure he can get all of them, and their delivery systems, before Isreal responds? Oh, and don't forget that the Isreali military takes their oath of office at Masada...
34 posted on 03/12/2003 11:00:03 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: William McKinley
Buttheads like this guy are why I place Iran on the short list right behind North Korea.

Iran's day is coming. You know, if we have to conquer and install republics across the whole of the middle-east, it'd be worth it.

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35 posted on 03/12/2003 11:06:39 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Are you going Freeps Ahoy! Don't miss the boat. Er ship...)
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To: William McKinley
Islam means peace.
36 posted on 03/12/2003 11:07:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.)
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To: William McKinley
I know-lets send a large multidivision sea-air-land force to the doorstep of Iran...
37 posted on 03/12/2003 11:12:11 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: DCPatriot
>>It will be like a scene out of the Godfather movie when Michael finished the family's business during the baby's baptism<<

There is some possibility that W is going to try to finish the family business in a surprising way.

38 posted on 03/12/2003 11:15:26 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: William McKinley
Iran, Russia issue joint statement
Tehran, March 12, IRNA -- Foreign ministers of Iran and Russia here Wednesday issued a joint statement showing the sides interest in promoting the bilateral cooperation on the regional and international major issues.

After key talks on the latest developments in the region and in the world, Igor Ivanov of Russia and Kamal Kharrazi of Iran vowed to try to boost strategic ties and adopt similar attitudes as for a wide spectrum of issues including the Iraq crisis.

On Iraq, the two ministers called for the crisis to be settled through peaceful means and diplomatic channels due to the fact that the works of the international atomic energy agency have shown progress.

The two ministers pledged their countries would follow attempts to find a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis with respect to the 1441 resolution and based on the United Nations charter. They said the parliaments of Iran and Russia are also cooperating to contribute to efforts to peacefully solve the Iraq crisis.

The completion of the Gas Prom works which is operating in Iran within the framework of a consortium, the development of the phases 2 and 3 of the South Pars field of Iran and the completion of the nuclear power plants of Bushehr within the already set time as well as the carrying out of the North-South were also among the major issues mentioned by the ministers.

The sides said they would try to boost the bilateral cooperation n such areas as the exploitation of the energy resources, the aircraft building, transportation, aerospace technology, banking system and insurance.

The sides stressed the prime importance of the fourth meeting of the joint economic session staled to be held within a few days in Tehran. They stressed the need to strengthen ties in the cultural ties while underlining their will to sign shortly a cultural agreement. The two sides reaffirmed their strong will to continue their nuclear energy cooperation in the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

They dismissed US allegations that the Islamic Republic sought to acquire weapons of mass destruction and stressed Iran's commitment to UN resolutions on the peaceful use of the atomic energy.

Yea right! The ruling Iranian clerics seem to have taken a page out of the DPRK playbook. They believe the only way to deter President Bush's bold preemptive policy and assure that they stay in power is to possess nuclear capability. Putin, by backing the Tehran mullahs nuke grab while supposedly supporting the war on terror is talking out both sides of his mouth.

They reiterated that Iran's activities in the nuclear energy sector is under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and this agency's experts will soon settle in Iran permanently.

Nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Moscow has sparked fears in Washington which claims the Islamic Republic could use the plant for producing nuclear weapons.

Iran has strongly dismissed these allegations, stressing that work on the plant is totally transparent. The country has also opened the building site to regular inspections of the UN nuclear experts who have confirmed the civilian intentions of the facilities.

Iran wants to generate 6,000 megawatts of power from the plants in the next 20 years to cope with the rising demand for energy in the country while its hydrocarbon reserves become overstretched, President Mohammad Khatami has stressed.

source IRNA


39 posted on 03/12/2003 11:15:45 AM PST by ganeshpuri89 (We miss you Daniel Pearl)
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To: denydenydeny
"He is all but inviting the Israelis to do an Osirak on Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant."

That threat just gave them the justification. It's not time yet though.

40 posted on 03/12/2003 11:26:25 AM PST by blam
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To: William McKinley
He makes a very legimate point, e.g., that any small area's population can be wiped out, while a larger geographically spread out population has a higher probability of survival. However, this fool makes the point the by stating, "if and when we acquire Nukes we will use them" and herein lies the issue of why President Bush labeled Iran among those in the Axis of Evil - all three nations have no scruples in holding back. Iran has since the inception of the current regime, flaunted her embassies as dens of corruption and illegial enities (In the mid-80's the Iranian Embassy in Buriut was surround 24-hours a day due to America hostiages being held in the basement - and a certain US Ambassador took family members there on X-mas to visit); Iran understood that she was caught and if exposed she would be literally expelled from the international community - a very stubble use of American Diplomatic Power to achieve longer term goals....). Iraq has used these weapons and advocates their use as doctine, much in keeping from the training recieved from his major supplier and political since the '70's Mother Russia herself; as for North Korea, she has violated South Korean waters and infiltrated commandos on a continuous basis - I've seen the boats, equipment, bodies and such at the UNC Operations prior to it's return under the guise of peace talks, attended by Communist nations and the Red Cross.... Each of these three countries will use these weapons, they have no reason to use them. All three nations will be disarmed within 10-years.
41 posted on 03/12/2003 11:34:56 AM PST by Jumper
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To: blam
It sounds like another brilliant muslim strategy. They are salivating over the possibility of acquiring a handful of nuclear weapons. They will be unable to resist the temptation to use them on infidels when the infidels have thousands of such weapons. No wonder they haven't made much progress in over a millenium. It sounds like the story of the mouse who viciously attacked the elephant with intent to rape.
42 posted on 03/12/2003 11:39:20 AM PST by Movemout
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To: EggsAckley
"Um....okay Mr. Rafasanjani, step up to the plate. YOU be next."

Next? We haven't even swung the bat yet. We have watched 3 fat pitches cross the plate for strikes and we have left the bat on our shoulder. There can't be a "next" until there's a "first". I have serious doubts about the "first".

43 posted on 03/12/2003 11:46:39 AM PST by CatOwner
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To: CatOwner
Yes, this is true, but when it does happen, Rafsanjani will be eating his words. Just Muzzie bravado.
44 posted on 03/12/2003 11:51:42 AM PST by EggsAckley ( Hannibal Lechter: "I love the French. They taste like chicken.")
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
Let's refuel them as they fly on over North Korea on the return trip.

Ahhh... the old scenic route, eh?

45 posted on 03/12/2003 5:26:42 PM PST by Migraine (trut)
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To: William McKinley
bttt
46 posted on 07/08/2003 2:15:11 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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