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“Although no one desires a conflict with Iran, the fact is that the Iranian government by its actions has declared war on us,” said Mr. Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic nominee for vice president.

“While I sincerely hope that diplomacy alone can convince the Iranian government to stop these attacks, our diplomatic efforts are only likely to succeed if backed by a credible threat of force,” he said. “At the very least, I hope that these latest revelations about Iran’s terrorism in Iraq will prompt some of my colleagues in Congress to reconsider their demand that U.S. forces withdraw from Iraq.”

Party school

Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign has set new fundraising records, but the Illinois Democrat got some free help from Georgia Tech administrators earlier this year.

“When Obama came to Atlanta in April, he held a campaign rally in Yellow Jacket Park — the heart of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s campus,” recent Tech grad Orit T. Sklar writes at “As expected, news of Obama’s upcoming visit was everywhere — television broadcasts, newspapers and blogs. What I didn’t expect was to learn of his visit from an e-mail sent by the Georgia Tech Dean of Students Office.

“In the e-mail message sent through the Buzzport announcement system, usually reserved for official Institute business, all 17,000 Georgia Tech students were informed about Obama’s visit and solicited to volunteer for his campaign. The message stated: ‘Senator Obama is also in need of a lot of volunteers to help him publicize while he is in Atlanta. If you are interested in volunteering, you can check the box that says volunteers on the RSVP page.’ ”

Miss Sklar is currently a co-plaintiff in a federal civil rights lawsuit against Georgia Tech, charging that the university used a speech code to censor campus conservative groups.

“Two parties dominate America’s current political system, but only one dominates at Georgia Tech,” she writes. “Since I entered college in 2003, Georgia Tech has hosted Wesley Clark, Dennis Kucinich, Al Gore, and most recently, Barack Obama. Guess how many Republicans have had the red carpet rolled out before them.”

Speech police

“In February 2006, Norm Feck learned that the city of Parker, Colo., was thinking about annexing his neighborhood, Parker North,” Bradley A. Smith writes in City Journal.

“Feck attended a meeting on the annexation, realized that it would mean more bureaucracy, and concluded that it wouldn’t be in Parker North residents’ interest. Together with five other Parker North locals, he wrote letters to the editor, handed out information sheets, formed an Internet discussion group, and printed up anti-annexation yard signs, which soon began sprouting throughout the neighborhood,” said Mr. Smith, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, the chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, and a professor of law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

“That’s when annexation supporters took action — not with their own public campaign, but with a legal complaint against Feck and his friends for violating Colorado’s campaign-finance laws. The suit also threatened anyone who had contacted Feck’s group about the annexation, or put up one of their yard signs, with ‘investigation, scrutinization, and sanctions for Campaign Finance violations.’ Apparently the anti-annexation activists hadn’t registered with the state, or filled out the required paperwork disclosing their expenditures on time. Steep fines, increasing on a daily basis, were possible. The case remains in litigation. …

“Should Americans care about what’s happening in Parker North? They certainly don’t seem to. A LexisNexis search finds just three stories, all in Colorado papers, that mention the dispute. That’s it: no commentary by columnists, no national network reports, not even coverage by a single major blogger on this application of campaign-finance law to the most basic community political activity.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes .com.