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This picture of Chris and me was taken Halloween 1999 at our place of work. Chris was unrecognizable as a dinosaur and I gave myself a mohawk and dressed up as Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver.

Having a Mohawk was really cool. At first I felt silly, but after a couple days, I got quite used to it and actually embraced it. I liked being the "Mohawk Guy."

But how great is a workplace when it is encouraged to come in dressed for Halloween. Folks have been known to wear shirts with dirty words on them, or shorts in the cold of winter, and shoes are entirely optional. Some of my co-workers have even dyed their hair "crazy colors" like blue.

Normally blue is not a crazy color, like salmon, but when referring to hair, I think this qualifier is on the money.

Benyamin Netanyahu, former and perhaps future Israeli prime minister

Benyamin Netanyahu, former and perhaps future Israeli prime minister. Letter to the American People, Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2002.

THE CASE FOR TOPPLING SADDAM

Mr. Netanyahu is a leading member of  Likud, the party leading Israel during the run up to the war, has been a cabinet minister and is  a strong contender for Prime Minister if Likud is dominant after the election.

Mr. Netanyahu's position can be reduced to these points:

"I do not mean to suggest that there are not legitimate questions about a potential operation against Iraq. Indeed, there are. But the question of whether removing  the Saddam regime is itself legitimate is not one of them. Equally immaterial is the argument that America cannot oust Saddam without prior approval of the international community."

He further pursued his call for action by noting:

"The dangers posed by a nuclear-armed Saddam were understood by my country two decades ago, well before Sept. 11. In 1981, Prime Minister Menachem Begin dispatched the Israeli air force on a predawn raid that destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak. Though at the time Israel was condemned by all the world's governments, history has rendered a far kinder judgment on that act of unquestionable foresight and courage."

Mr. Netanyahu went on:

"Two decades ago it was possible to thwart Saddam's nuclear ambitions by bombing a single installation. Today nothing less than dismantling his regime will do. For Saddam's nuclear program has changed. He no longer needs one large reactor to produce the deadly material necessary for atomic bombs. He can produce it in centrifuges the size of washing machines that can be hidden throughout the country -- and Iraq is a very big country. Even free and unfettered inspections will not uncover these portable manufacturing sites of mass death."

"Though I am today a private citizen, I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of Israelis in supporting a pre-emptive strike against Saddam's regime. We support this American action even though we stand on the front-lines, while others criticize it as they sit comfortably on the sidelines. But we know that their sense of comfort is an illusion. For if action is not taken now, we will all be threatened by a much greater peril."

"If a preemptive action will be supported by free countries and the U.N., all the better. but if such support is not forthcoming, then the U.S. must be prepared to act without it. This will require courage and I see it abundantly present in President Bush's bold leadership and in the millions of Americans who have rallied behind him."