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Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2004 7:00 am | Updated: 5:10 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

BOUQUET to the magnificent men of the United States Army and Marine Corps who fought with such valor and proficiency in the battle of Fallujah, and to those of the Navy and Air Force who also took part.

The worthiness of their cause may be seen in the evidence their enemy left of the cruelty and savagery of his control there, from the "slaughterhouses" where luckless hostages were beheaded while being videotaped to the signs posted on streets warning of execution for even petty violations of Islamic sharia law. We salute them and extend condolences to the families of those who gave "the last full measure of devotion" to achieve this splendid victory.

BOUQUETS to the Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert police departments for participating in Police Crisis Intervention Training designed to help officers better understand and deal with potentially violent individuals suffering from mental illness. The training is intended to help police better protect the public through more effective tactics that under some circumstances may allow officers to avoid use of deadly force.

BRICK to the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, for his televised appearance propounding the crackpot notion that the threatening videotape released by Osama bin Laden just before the Nov. 2 election was "something arranged" to help President Bush win re-election.

BRICK to French President Jacques Chirac, who, apropos Britain’s contribution to the war in Iraq, sniffed, "I’m not sure it is in the nature of our American friends at the moment to return favors systematically." As the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto drolly observed, "Unlike the French, who of course got loads of money in exchange for supporting Saddam Hussein."

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