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Standing Proud

October 8, 2001 – Yesterday the United States and its close ally, Great Britain, took a step that we all knew was inevitable – retaliatory air strikes against terrorist training camps and strategic Taliban military installations in Afghanistan. According to President Bush, "The United States opened a new front in the war against international terrorism Sunday with its attacks on Afghanistan's ruling Taliban and al Qaeda terrorist camps." This is not a campaign against Islam or the Afghan people. "As we strike military targets, we will also drop food, medicine and supplies to the starving and suffering men, women and children of Afghanistan," Bush said. "The United States of America is a friend to the Afghan people."

We Americans believe that the military strikes in Afghanistan are unfortunate but necessary. Indeed, they are Defensive. We hope civilian casualties in Afghanistan will be minimal. We hope our own troops suffer few losses. We believe the military campaign in Afghanistan marks the beginning of the end of the al Qaeda network's "reign of terrorism" around the world. We have faith that Osama Bin Laden and his cronies will be brought to justice and their supporters neutralized. Yes, we are nervous about additional terrorist attacks on US soil, but we are determined stand together. We are in this for the long haul. We are helping to make the world a safer place.

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The GDCA National Specialty begins this weekend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I will be there. Check this site on Monday for photos!

Jabber's condition remains unchanged. He is still alert and cheerful, but unsteady on his feet. His spine and chest were radiographed Wednesday. Nothing unusual was found. Dr. Keller commented that the bones in his spine look remarkably good for a Great Dane his age. When I get back from the National, I may arrange to take Jabber to the University of Georgia for two days of testing. I said I wouldn't do that, but Dr. Keller has been pretty persuasive. He believes Jabber's urinary tract problems and neurological disorder could be diagnosed, and depending on what is found, Jabber might be helped. I am still contemplating our options.

Today's DaDane features Renée Tiepelman's beloved fawn boy, Trevor. His formal title is Ch. K-D Dane's Triple Treasure. The portrait is available at DogWare.

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