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Air & Sea Show Boycott!

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On the front page of today's Sun-Sentinel, Robert Nolin writes of the "treat" we'll get during the Air & Sea Show this year when we say goodbye to the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet. The ol' Top Gun chestnut is being retired for the F-18 Hornet.

Makes the heart go all aflutter, don't it? I loved that killing machine, especially when it accidentally slaughtered those six civilians in Iraq in January.

Last month, Roberto Santiago wrote in the Miami Herald wrote about this year's show: "The annual air and sea extravaganza, a major armed forces recruiting tool, flaunts America's military prowess, which doubles as eye-popping, beachside entertainment. A mock beach invasion gets things started, with U.S. Navy and Marines Corps jets, helicopters, marine vehicles, and armed troops."

Airstrike Victim

A mock invasion? America's military prowess doubling as "eye-popping beachside entertainment"? Hey, I know, we ought to create a mock Fallujah on the beach! And then destroy it! And we'll use illegal Mexican immigrants for Iraqis. We got the sand, after all! Oh what fun.

And you wonder why the rest of the world doesn't cotton to us anymore? There's a terrible criminal war going on right now and a lot of innocent people -- mothers and their babies -- are dying. And we're getting cheap kicks about it on the beach? It's disgusting. But the South Florida press keeps cheering on this sickening display, playing into the hands of "Peeping" Mickey Markoff and helping to disgrace Fort Lauderdale in the process.

Don't go.