Originally created 04/28/00

Supports use of force

I am not and never have been a fan or supporter of President Bill Clinton or Attorney General Janet Reno. They are consistently devious in their interpretation of the "rule of law," and only follow the law when it suits their purposes.

However, I, along with the majority of Americans, agree that in the Elian Gonzalez seizure there was no alternative to using force. After all, the 6-year-old boy legally belongs to Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father.

The Miami family repeatedly reneged on their promises to quietly hand over the child to his father. The family even threatened to "resist with force" if any efforts were made by U.S. government officials to take the boy.

Further, the Miami mayor stated that the Miami police were ordered not to protect or assist the government officials in any way. Under these circumstances, what was the U.S. government supposed to do?

Events proved the Miami Cubans have no respect for American law. In protest, they tore and burned American flags while proudly waving Cuban flags. They also assaulted police, indulged in riots and civil disobedience and even closed down Miami.

The Republicans will be better off politically if they use common sense and refrain from starting large-scale vendetta investigations. It's a no-win situation.

Al Kotras, Augusta


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