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Saturday, May 24, 2003

Taking the plunge

I'm moving Tobacco Road Fogey to a new blog home. The past week has been very trying for those of us here at Blog*Spot and I've decided to try a new host.

The location of the new Tobacco Road Fogey is here. I'd appreciate it if all of you could update your bookmarks and blogrolls to point to the new site.

I'll still be checking here for comments for a couple of weeks.

Many thanks to all of you who read here on a regular basis and I look forward to seeing you at the new place.

Monday, May 19, 2003

Dear President Bush

Whether you know it or not, Mr. President, your "roadmap" for Middle East peace is already dead -- stillborn before it was ever released.

If Mexicans or Canadians were sneaking across our borders and blowing themselves up in our major cities, we'd be demanding that you be impeached if you refused to send our military forces into those countries to annihilate potential bombers and those who support them.

When you sent American forces against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, we supported you.

When you sent our troops into Iraq to take down Saddam Hussein and his Baathist regime, we supported you.

Why do you deny the same right of self-defense to Israel?

If the price of the pathetically meager support for the Iraq campaign by a few Arab nations was to sell Israel's security down the river, that price was too high.

What happened to "you are with us, or you are with the terrorists"? Where do the homicide bombers and the organizations that support them get their money and their explosives? Why are we pressuring the only democracy in the entire region to come to some kind of agreement with people whose sole purpose in life is to destroy the state of Israel and to drive the Israeli people out of the land of Israel?

When a terrorist crosses an international border to commit his act of carnage, it is an act of war.

If it's war that the terrorists want, then war they should get. And we should support that war.

If the dictatorships, monarchies, and theocracies of the Muslim Middle East cannot bring themselves to recognize Israel's right to exist and to bring all necessary pressure on those among themselves who support these terrorists, then they have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are not our friends.

And we should stop treating them as friends, and start treating them as the enemies they are.

If you really want my vote next year, Mr. President, you'll stand by our friends as they fight our enemies.

You have the chance to make your choice now.

I'll make mine in November 2004.

Which way are we going -- against our friends or against our enemies?

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