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Iraq would greatly reduce the terrorist threat and that the bombing will weaken Blair, a strong supporter of the Iraq War. Others disagree.

``They are looking at this from a long-term point of view, trying to wear us down to get some advantage,'' Heyman said. His son was within 200 yards of one of the blasts yesterday, and he said the British are unlikely to shrink now.

``If they (al-Qaeda) think they'll get the British people to withdraw from Afghanistan or Iraq, they are sorely mistaken,'' Heyman said.
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HEADLINE: Editorial;

All the world's British - for now

``We shall prevail and they shall not,'' - British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

As Blair spoke those words, he was flanked by the other world leaders who had gathered in Scotland for the G8 Summit. Before the day was out the flags of all the nations at the summit were lowered to half-staff.

``Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilized nations throughout the world,'' Blair added. ``We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit.''

There is obviously no chapter on the Law of Unintended Consequences in the terrorist handbook. And the unintended consequence of this obviously well-timed attack in London was to remind the world's leaders that there is far more that unites them than divides them, that their mutual interest in halting terror outweighs all of the usual carping over trivia.

Somehow climate change and greenhouse gases seem less than compelling when the dead and the wounded are being dragged out of subway stations for the ``crime'' of trying to get to work.

When the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked, when thousands of lives were lost, the world was shocked by the crime. Signs of heartfelt sympathy appeared in the windows of shops and cafes all over Europe. ``We are all Americans,'' said a handwritten sign in a Paris cafe at the time.

But people have short memories. And when our nation took the fight to the places where terrorism is bred and nurtured - places like Afghanistan and Iraq - many nations of the world turned their backs on us. This wasn't THEIRfight.

Then when the bombs went off in Madrid, terror truly triumphed as the Spanish government fell and its successor ordered that nation's troops out of Iraq.

``The war on terror goes on,'' Bush said yesterday, reiterating a commitment made after 9/11 to take that battle to the breeding grounds of terrorism so that it would never be fought again on American soil. It was the right decision, but not all of Europe's leaders understood or approved.

Yesterday, however, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called the London bombings ``perfidious attacks.'' And French President Jacques Chirac said, ``This scorn for human life is something we must fight with ever greater firmness.''

Yesterday all the world wept for the lives lost or changed forever. Yesterday we were all British - even Chirac and Schroeder and Russia's Vladimir Putin. Now if only the world's leaders can remember that tomorrow.
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July 6, 2005 Wednesday

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HEADLINE: Co. soldiers on with Army deal

A unit of Wilmington-based Textron Systems has been awarded a rush contract to build hundreds of armored vehicles to be used by American troops on dangerous scouting missions in Iraq.

Textron Systems, a subsidiary of Providence conglomerate Textron Inc., said the U.S. Army ordered another 724 Armored Security Vehicles, also known as M1117 Guardians, as part of a $500 million contract over the next two years.

The company has already hired 700 new workers and plans to add another 400 by next March as it ramps up production from one vehicle every three weeks to more than 40 per month, a spokesman said. The vehicles - with their big wheels and tank-like turret - will be built in the New Orleans area by Textron Marine and Land.

The ASVs can rapidly spit out .50 caliber rounds and grenades, as well as withstand medium-caliber hits and even some land mine explosions, Textron said.

``It is a continued vote of confidence in a vehicle that was specifically designed for a threat-rich, urban environment,'' said B. Clay Moise, head of the Textron unit.

The contract is also a sign that the Pentagon is rushing to provide American troops with more heavily armed scout vehicles. Terrorist thugs have been targeting American convoys with roadside bombs and suicide car attacks.

Critics have lambasted the Pentagon for not providing enough armor protection for troops in vehicles such as Humvees.

The additional ASVs would appear to address some of those concerns.

There are already more than 100 ASVs in Iraq.

The first deliveries from the latest contract are expected early next year, with all of the vehicles to be built and shipped by June 2007.

In Wilmington, Textron builds future combat systems and unmanned ground sensors. About 1,200 people are employed by the company in Wilmington.
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HEADLINE: Soldiers learn lessons on and off battlefield

Twice a week Massachusetts soldiers stationed in Iraq finish a 12-hour shift, then sacrifice two more hours of sleep to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship.

A group of 45 Massachusetts Army National Guardsmen gathers under a utility tent that serves as a makeshift classroom to get instruction from Louis Celli, president of the nonprofit New England Veterans Business Resource Center, and other certified teachers in real-time via the Web.

Varying business interests are represented in the group, Celli said. One soldier would like to become a disc jockey. Another wants to open a day-care center when he gets home.

``They're interested in something completely diverse and different than what they are doing now,'' Celli said. ``Through this course we help them fine-tune their business plan.''

The troops get more than just fine-tuning. The program also provides the entrepreneurs a published Web site and 500 personalized business cards to get started once safely back stateside.

The nine-module training program ranges from basic business strategies to marketing and financing.

Celli - a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army - was surprised to find little assistance existed for veterans looking to break into the business world.

``I was under the mistaken assumption that there were programs designed to help Army veterans start their own business,'' he said.

He started the resource center 18 months ago offering a ``FastTrac'' training program in business.

When a Bay State soldier who was deployed in Iraq asked Celli to be his mentor through e-mails, he agreed, Celli said.

The same soldier mentioned some of his peers might also be interested.

``Next thing I knew I got a spreadsheet with 45 names on it,'' Celli said.

To reach all 45 soldiers at once Celli turned to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Citrix Systems, Inc., which donated software allowing the class to participate online.

The class mixes high technology with old-fashioned American ingenuity. A laptop is used to pick up the signal and the soldiers then gather around a projector screen made of taped-together butcher paper to view the live video.
GRAPHIC: DISTANCE LEARNING: A group of 45 Massachusetts Army National Guardsmen in Iraq gather regularly for classes in business management given by an Army veteran over an Internet connection from the Bay State. HERALD PHOTO BY SGT. 1ST CLASS RICHARD GUZOFSKI
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July 5, 2005 Tuesday

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U.S.S. Citizens: New Americans proudly pledge allegiance


Sailing aboard Old Ironsides during its annual turnaround cruise, Juan Quiroz took his oath of allegiance to the United States yesterday - six weeks before he deploys for Iraq.

``It feels great. It's a great honor, especially since I'm being deployed,'' said Quiroz, a 30-year-old Colombian native and mental health specialist with the Army's Boston-based 883rd Combat Stress Control unit.

Twelve men and women from 12 countries became American citizens during the two-hour cruise aboard the USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship.

The event was celebrated with a 21-gun salute and a flyover by four A-10 Thunderbolt ``Warthogs'' from the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.

Another 26 new citizens, representing 22 countries, were naturalized in a separate ceremony at the Esplanade along the Charles River, said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Shawn Saucier.

``To overcome loss of control, loss of power, we must participate in government. . . . You, too, now have a stake in that experiment in self-government of which I spoke earlier. It is a wonderful experiment and fully worthy of the effort of us all,'' U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel told the newly minted Americans.

Lebanese native Rita Daaboul, 34, of Newburyport said she felt special to be naturalized aboard the 207-year-old ship. Her husband George expects to become an American citizen later this year.

``It's very nice, great. I'm proud,'' said Daaboul, a gas station manager and mother of two girls, Sandra, 16, and Lenzy, 11. ``I love this country and I'd like to raise my children in this country.''

Eighteen years after leaving her native Jamaica, Charmaline Black, 47, of Roslindale said it was about time she became an American citizen.

``I've been here such a long time. Since I'm here, it's just as well that I get it to get more opportunities,'' said Black, a customer service representative at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
GRAPHIC: That's the Hub Spirit!: Clockwise from left, folks in East Boston's LoPresti Park gaze at Old Ironsides, on which 12 men and women from 12 different countries became American citizens yesterday; patriotic boaters motor along the Charles; and Bonnie Durante of Newbury dances while passing the time with family members on the Esplanade.
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HEADLINE: State tolerant of homemade highway displays of patriotism

Once considered off-limits for hanging banners or signs, the Bay State's many highway overpasses are now a public canvas for those seeking to let the world know about everything from their family's returning war hero to their love for their girlfriend.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, highway overpasses increasingly have been adorned with messages to the commuters below, reminding them to ``Never Forget'' or ``Support the Troops.''

In recent months, more soldiers' families have hung flags and inspiring banners on Massachusetts interstates, welcoming their loved ones home from the Iraq war.

But not all the messages scrawled on bedsheets or stenciled on posterboard are patriotic.

``I love Jill'' proclaims one sign on Route 3. Another on the same roadway advertises holiday fireworks. Political campaign signs too are popping up on overpasses on Routes 3, 24 and I-495, among other roadways.

``The policy is to have our maintenance people judge them on a case-by-case basis,'' said Jon Carlisle, spokesman for the state Executive Office of Transportation. ``If they deem them a distraction then they have the authority to remove them.''

Some states, such as California and Washington, have banned the hanging of signs on highway overpasses, citing safety reasons.

Some traffic safety officials have argued that highway banners and roadside memorials can be driver distractions and could cause accidents.

While there are no statistics on wrecks caused by distracted drivers in Massachusetts, 25 to 50 percent of crashes nationally have distracted driving as a factor. In Massachusetts, that could amount to as many as 40,000 crashes per year, according to Brook Chipman of the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau.

``We want to make people aware of the danger of distracted driving,'' Chipman said. ``It can present a safety issue.''

Carlisle acknowledged distractions pose a risk and said highway crews routinely check banners and signs to make sure they are secured.

``If it's a bedsheet that comes undone, it could conceivably cover a car's windshield. But we keep a regular check on them and err on the side of caution,''he said.

Safety issues aside, the heartfelt patriotic hangings are a welcome sight for soldiers returning from the chaos in the Middle East, said National Guard Lt. Col. Paul G. Smith.

``It's tremendous,'' Smith said. ``It boosts our spirits and lets us know people are behind us. It's just thrilling that people appreciate their sacrifice and take the time to recognize it.''
GRAPHIC: SHEETS TO THE WIND: Homemade highway banners welcoming soldiers home, such as this one on an overpass crossing Interstate 93 in Milton, are becoming more common, but are mostly tolerated by road crews. STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL FEIN
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HEADLINE: Letters to the Editor

Poor sportsmanship

Russian President Vladimir Putin was inconsiderate to simply pocket Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring (June 30). Putin had no right. He didn't earn the ring. He obviously lacked the manners to ask, ``May I keep it?''

Mr. Putin, give back that ring!

- Jantique Fielding, Revere

Money not for Islam

Contrary to the Herald's report, the Nation of Islam does not and has never received any grants from the Boston Police Department or any other city, state or federal program (``Faith-based grants go elsewhere,'' June 28). The money that the article refers to is paid to the Neighborhood Development Corporation of Grove Hall, not the Nation of Islam. The money is part of a mentoring program, and the person who mentors happens to be a member of the Nation of Islam.

- Minister Don Muhammad, Nation of Islam, Boston

Bolt of sensationalism

I was one of the people who fell victim to the lightning strike at the softball field in Rockland (``Lightning jolts Rockland,'' June 27). The experience was an extreme emotional distress for everyone involved. The stories being printed are hardly true. The skies were not black when the incident occurred. There was no rain, and the only sign we had was a strike of lightning in the distance, which led to the game's cancellation. No more than 15 seconds later, the bolt of lightning struck the tree behind us. The girls hadn't left the field yet when this occurred.

The stories make it seem like the people involved were foolish and at fault.

- Daniel J. Lattuada, Rockland

Philly words rings true

Our joyful congratulations to the Herald for this remarkable column (``Proclaiming liberty now and then,'' July 1). It is a precious reflection on our heritage and should be treated accordingly. How about framing it for display in the Boston Herald lobby - alongside the Bill of Rights.

We will start the ball rolling in Wayland as we make pass the column along to our family and friends. Your words will enable us to get morality on our side quickly and quietly, and it will surely be user-friendly for citizens wishing to go their separate ways, together.

Thank you Rachelle Cohen.

- Rod and Nema Geer, Wayland

Rove has GOP all wrong

I am grateful that Karl Rove along with Bill O'Reilly and other ``conservatives'' are defining our politics for us (``Slouching toward oblivion,'' June 25). However, they should remember that true conservatives do not spend trillions of dollars they do not have. They do not lie in order to invade a country that was no threat to us, and honest conservatives do not submit legislation such as the Clean Air Act that does the opposite of its name.

Rove claims his conservatives believe in ``curbing the size of government'' yet the federal government is the biggest it's ever been. He says that his colleagues are advancing a ``culture of life'' but our country has endured three years of fear-mongering from a war with no end in sight. Contrary to Rove's claim, citizens of every political stripe were united after the events of 9/11. ``Conservatives'' and their war are also responsible for the abuses at the Abu Ghraib.

- T. F. Kelley, Norwood

Writer no help in war

I'm certain columnist Michelle Malkin will be enlisting soon to take up arms during this time of war (``Lefty pacifists peddle the new `self-esteem,' '' June 30). After all, ``just what we need to combat throat-slitting, suicide plane-flying Islamists'' surely isn't a pen-wielding syndicated columnist.

- Keith D. Demers, South Boston

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