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.
The GDCA National Specialty begins this
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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
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