Wednesday, August 02, 2006

ISRAEL, The So-Called New Kid On The Block and the Letter to the Editor which was not Published by the Montreal Gazette.

The following letter to the editor appeared in the July 30th, 2006 edition of the Montreal Gazette;

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
"To all who are talking about Israel's right to defend itself, a question: Where was Israel 100 years ago? This country is built on land taken from all the surrounding countries. This country didn't exist less than a century ago. Think about that and you may understand the opposition"

Ameed El- Goul, Montreal

I decided to do some research and after three hours on the internet, I had enough information to reply. Since my wife Carol is my proof reader, and really my editor who generally makes important suggestions about grammar and syntax, I decided to send this letter to the editor of the Montreal Gazette. We both decided to use Carol's name as the sender because we thought it would improve the chances of the letter being published. The letter read as follows:-

"The letter of Ameed El-Goul, claiming that Israel did not exist one hundred years ago, and was built on land belonging other countries, shows the writer's lack of knowledge of the history of the middle east.

France was given the mandate over Syria by the League of Nations after World War 1. The French then separated Lebanon from Syria in order to protect the Maronite Christians. Britain and the Free French liberated Lebanon from the Vichy government in 1941 and Lebanon became an independant country in 1944.

Arthur James Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, made a declaration on November 2nd, 1917, promising the creation of a Jewish Homland in Palestine. This annoyed the Arabs, so Winston Churchill, the Colonial Secretary of Great Britain then created Transjordan on 80% of Palestinian land in 1921. He placed Abdullah, a Hashemite from the land that was later to become Saudi Arabia, as ruler. Abdullah eventually pronounced himself King and Jordan became known as The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Abdullah then seized the west bank of Palestine so Jordan then had a very large population, the majority of which were Palestinians. The Palestinians had no right to vote or choose a ruler. Britain really governed Jordan as a protectorate until 1946, when Jordan was declared independent by the United Nations.

The country known as Saudi Arabia, did not come into existence until 1932 after many wars waged by the Saud Family which enabled it to conquer many lands and territories finally declaring all the territory as Saudi Arabia.

Before 1921 the country of Iraq did not exist. In that year, Winston Churchill the Colonial Secretary, created Iraq and Great Britain had a mandate to govern it as a protectorate, until 1932 when it became an independent country. When Oil was discovered in Iraq, British companies managed the oilfields until they were forced to leave.

Kuwait did not become an independent country until 1961 when it was separated from Iraq.

As you can see, there are many new Kids on the Block, many of whom occupied lands from the surrounding countries. Mr. El-Goul fails to mention these. I suppose the reason for this omission is that the populations of these countries are not Jewish."

SGD. CAROL SCHNAIBERG.

The Montreal Gazette failed to publish this letter for reasons unknown.



































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Sunday, July 23, 2006

ISRAEL-OVER REACTION AND APPEASEMENT.

Lebanon was created by the League of Nations in 1922 but it remained a French protectorate for many years. Lebanon has a population of approximately 4 million people which are divided as follows: 59.7 % are muslims who are in turn divided into Shi'a, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite Alawite or Nussayr; 39% are christians, divided as follows:-Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Assyrian Copt and Protestant. 1.3% belong a number of sects. It has a central government but that government has always been weak.

In April 13 1975 a civil war started and all the above groups were now represented by three waring movements All were fighting and killing each other. The war ended 16 years and seven months later, namely on October 13th,1990 during which time 100,000 people were killed, 100,000 were injured and about 900, 000 were left homeless as their homes were either dispossessed or destroyed. 250,000 left the country and immigrated to a number of countries in the western world.

The PLO occupied the Southern part of Lebanon and was using its position to attack Israel with long range weapons. In 1978 37 Isrealis were killed by these weapons. Israel decided to attack the PLO and invaded Lebanon. Its aim was to dislodge the PLO, protect some Christian groups and the Shi'a muslims. But the real invasion began in 1980 and this time Israel dislodged the PLO and occupied the southern border area of Lebanon and remained there until 2000.

The Syrian government sent over 40,00 troops to Lebanon in 1975 and immediately occupied the entire Bekaa Valley. Eventually Syria controlled the economy and the politics of Lebanon until 2005.

The Shi'a population was tired of being under privileged and formed Hizballah, The Party of God, to protect the Shi'as from the Sunnis and some Christian groups and to rid Lebanon of Israeli occupation. Hisballah behaved as a social welfare group providing benefits to the Shi'a population such as schools, hospitals and also as a terrorist army setting up a rogue state in Southern Lebanon and did not feel that it was bound by the constitution Lebanon nor by the central government.

It was responsible for the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beruit killing 63 people of which 17 were Americans. In 1983 it sent suicide bombers carrying 12,000 tons of TNT and blew up the marine barracks at Beruit Airport, whereby 241 U.S servicemen were killed . President Reagan wanted to use force against Hisballah but he was dissuaded by Casper Weinberger, the Secretary of Defence. who felt that the arab nations would disaprove of any attack on Hisballah. Nothing was done and eventually the U.S. withdrew its troops from Lebanon and the 241 servicemen died in vain.

In 2000, the western countries convinced the Israeli government of Ehud Barak to withdraw from Lebanon promising Israel it would have peace with Hisballah. Israel promised to withdraw if Hisballah withdrew from the southern part of Lebanon. Israel did withdraw and the U.N Security Council passed resolution 1559 ordering Hisballah to withdraw its forces from southern Lebanon. Hisballah never complied with this resolution.

Hisballah remained in Soutern Lebanon and received Arms from Syria and Iran which it used to continuously attack northern towns in Israel destroying houses and wounding its inhabitants.
Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of Hisballah, stated the following:-"The State of Israel was established on the basis of occupation and there is no legitimate State of Israel. Israel remains a foreign body and is not a candidate for peace within the region". Hisballah, therefore, fails to abide by Security Council resolutions 242 ans 338 which gave Israel the right to exist.

Hisballah was responsible for some of the suicide bombings in Israel killing innocent civilians. The basis for the suicide bombing was shear hatred of the Israel and the Jewish People. Finally, Hisballah forces crossed into Israel, attacked 10 Israeli soldiers, killing 8 of them and capturing
2 of them. The excuse given was the two hostages were taken in order to effect a prisoner exchange. If Hisballah really wanted a prisoner exhange, why did it not capture all ten of the Israeli soldiers, instead of killing 8?

Israel considered this an act of war. Many Arab States disagreed with the actions of Hisballah.
Israel wanted the unconditional return of the two soldiers . Hisballah refused. Israel knew that Hisballah hid its armed emplacements within the population of southern Lebanon. Israel dropped leaflets upon that population advising it to leave because it was going to be attacked. Some ignored the warnings . Israel bombed the armed emplacements of Hisballah and 300 civilians were killed. Hisballah replied by firing missiles into Haifa, a city were Israelis, both arabs and Jews get along quite well and into other northern Israeli towns killing civilians.

The missile and other armaments are supplied to Hisballah by Syria and Iran. both of whom do not supply any armaments to the the legitimate Lebanese Armed forces. Bashar Al Assad the president of Syria claims that Hisballah is merely protecting Lebanon and is a peace loving group.It still does not recognize the legitimacy of Israel who it claims is merely an illegal occupier of land. Iran has even a stranger president. MAHMOUD ALIMADINEJAD. referred to Israel as follows:- "The occupying regime which should be wiped off the pages of time. It is a disgraceful stain on the Islamic world".

The Iranian president has a very interesting background. After the fall of the Shah. there was a crackdown on Universities. Alimadinejad played a role in purging dissident lecturers and students, many of whom were arrested and executed. In the 80's he worked in the internal security of Iran and earned notoriety as a ruthless interrogator and torturer. It is alleged on the website of former Iranian President Khatami, that ALIMADINEJAD worked as an executioner in the notorous Evin Prison, where thousands of political prisoners were executed.

In short, Nasan Nasrallah, Bashar Al Assad, and Mahmoud Alimadinejad are nothing more than little Hitlers intent on destroying Israel and its Jewish Population. The Allies did not negociate with Hitler. It took 6 years but eventually Hitler and the Third Reich were destroyed and Germany became a democracy. Consequently Hisballah and the three little Hitlers should also be destroyed.

I am somewhat dismayed by some columnists who claim that Israel is over reacting and there should be a negociated peaceful settlement. How do you settle with people who are bent on destroying you? Neville Chamberlain, who as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, signed a peace treaty with Hitler. You still see clips of the newsreel showing Chamberlain disembarking from an airplane, waving a white paper and claiming that there was peace. Unfortunately he paid no attention to the fact that Jews, Slavs, gays and the mentally ill were being put to death by Hitler. Appeasement did not work. Hitler started his blittskreig, and nearly bombed England out of existance. The English people were tough and survived, but Chamberlain's political career laid in ruins and was not heard from again.

Did the Allies over react when they bombed Germany and killed many Civilians? Did Harry Truman over react when he dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.? I think not because the enemy was destroyed and World War 11 ended sucessfully for the allies.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

TORY CRONY MADE JUDGE. Campaigner will get $232,000 a Year

The above headline appeared in the Montreal Gazette of Junes 29th 2006. It was the head of a very biased report by Janice Tibbetts of Canwest News Service. I was so annoyed by this report that I wrote a letter to the editor of the Gazette and once again my letter was not printed. Since Canwest has become proprietor of the Montreal Gazette, hardly any of my letters have been published. As a result I started this blog which now contains about 30 posts.

I am going to reprint part of the article by Janice Tibbetts and my letter to the editor of the Montreal Gazette and let you judge the dispute for yourself'

The Article in Part

"The Harper government has promoted the co-chairman of the Conservative election campaign in New Brunswick to a federal judgeship sparking an allegation that the Tories intend to use the prestigious postings as patronage plums.
Justice Minister Vic Toews...elevated Richard Bell to the New Brunswick Bourt of Queen's Bench, the province's superior court.
Bell will earn $232,00 annually once the 7.25% raise is approved by Parliament as expected.
'This falls in the traditions of rewarding your buddies,' said Jacob Ziegel, a law professor at University of Toronto.'Nothing has changed. It's very sad and it's time the government got out of the business of naming judges.' .....
'Harper is no different from his predecessors,' Ziegel said. 'Your wonder how sincere he is about his commitment to accountability'
Ziegel is one of several respected members of the legal community who have called for reforms in the system amid complaints that you can't get a judgeship without political connection'

MY LETTER TO THE EDITOR, dated June 29th, which was sent by e-mail.

"Your headline, 'Tory Crony Made Judge' of June 29th, 2006, concerning the appointment of Richard Bell as a judge of the New Brunswick's Queen's Bench is distasteful and erroneous. The sub heading, 'Campaigner will get $232,000 a year is biased and without regard to what Mr Bell earned as a lawyer which probably exceeded this amount. The writer of this article is content not to do any background check on Mr. Bell, but to rely on the derogatory remarks of Jacob Ziegel, a law professor at the University of Toronto, who knows nothing of Richard Bell. The only bench that Jacob Ziegel is cable of sitting on, is a park bench.
As a Montreal lawyer, I have had the opportunity of referring several clients to Richard Bell for matters that arose in New Brunswick. I found him to be a hard working lawyer, who gave these matters his complete consideration, and was extremely well qualified. My clients were quite satisfied with his services. As a judge, he will be an asset to the court and will be warmly received by the judges of the court.

I often wonder why journalists degrade peole who were involved in politics. The problem in Canada is that not enough people are involved in politics. While I am a Liberal, I congratulate Richard Bell for his previous commitment to the Conservative Party. He set an example for many Canadians who only complain and show no desire to get involved."

H. Laddie Schnaiberg Q. C.

I WOULD BE PLEASED TO RECEIVE YOUR COMMENTS.

Monday, July 03, 2006

O CANADA

Montreal is an exciting bilingual city. June 24th was la Fete National and French Canadians in the hundreds of thousands all seemed to wave the blue Quebec fleur de lys flag with great exuberance while attending outdoor shows where the leading Quebec Artists performed.

The world cup of football, which we call soccer, taking place in Germany was of exceptional importance to many Montrealers.The loyal fans cheered for heir respective countries of origin, and you could see flags of Italy, Portugal, France, England and Brazil everywhere and when team like Portugal, Italy or France won a game, there were excited ethnic gatherings where expressions of joy abounded.

Last Saturday, was July 1st, Canada, which celebrates the birth of the nation by Confederation which took place July 1st 1867. I decided to drive around parts of Montreal which were predominently English speaking, such as Notre Dame de Grace, Montreal West, Cote St. Luc, and Hampstead. I counted 10 Canadian Flags, 2 on post offices, one on a town city hall, 3 which were flown with flags of Italy, 2 at a retirement residence and 2 at private residences. More than 50,oo people live in these areas and yet there were only ten Canadian Flags.

Despondently, my wife Carol and I drove to our synagogue for Sabbath services. We were honouring a member who was celebrating his 80th birthday and his grandchilren were leading the services. It was quite inspiring but no one mentioned Canada's birthday. As the service was about to end, Carol said that we should sing O Canada. I was reluctant to start, but the women sitting in our row joined Carol and began to sing O Canada and much to my surprise the rest of the congregation joined in and the anthem was sung with a great deal of gusto. After the service, many congregants expressed the opinion that singing the National Anthem was a wonderful idea.

I felt much better driving home, until I realized that I too did not display a Canadian Flag. I was determined to buy a the red maple leaf and show it on my apartment balcony for the rest of the Summer.

O CANADA

Montreal is an exciting bilingual city. June 24th was la Fete National and French Canadians in the hundreds of thousands all seemed to wave the blue Quebec fleur de lys flag with great exuberance while attending outdoor shows where the leading Quebec Artists performed.

The world cup of football, which we call soccer, taking place in Germany was of exceptional importance to many Montrealers.The loyal fans cheered for heir respective countries of origin, and you could see flags of Italy, Portugal, France, England and Brazil everywhere and when team like Portugal, Italy or France won a game, there were excited ethnic gatherings where expressions of joy abounded.

Last Saturday, was July 1st, Canada, which celebrates the birth of the nation by Confederation which took place July 1st 1867. I decided to drive around parts of Montreal which were predominently English speaking, such as Notre Dame de Grace, Montreal West, Cote St. Luc, and Hampstead. I counted 10 Canadian Flags, 2 on post offices, one on a town city hall, 3 which were flown with flags of Italy, 2 at a retirement residence and 2 at private residences. More than 50,oo people live in these areas and yet there were only ten Canadian Flags.

Despondently, my wife Carol and I drove to our synagogue for Sabbath services. We were honouring a member who was celebrating his 80th birthday and his grandchilren were leading the services. It was quite inspiring but no one mentioned Canada's birthday. As the service was about to end, Carol said that we should sing O Canada. I was reluctant to start, but the women sitting in our row joined Carol and began to sing O Canada and much to my surprise the rest of the congregation joined in and the anthem was sung with a great deal of gusto. After the service, many congregants expressed the opinion that singing the National Anthem was a wonderful idea.

I felt much better driving home, until I realized that I too did not display a Canadian Flag. I was determined to buy a the red maple leaf and show it on my apartment balcony for the rest of the Summer.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

THE SEND OFF.

Heavy rains were the order of the day but I was determined to drive to Ste-Therese, a town about 25 kilometers north of Montreal. My classmate Roland Durand had died after a debilitating terminal illness and today was his funeral in Ste-Therese d'Avilia Church.

Roland and first met when we were in our first year in the Law Faculty of McGill University in 1954. He was originally from France but was well acclimated to Montreal and spoke French and English with a great deal of fluency. Our class was special. Most of the students became liflelong friends. I was first elected class President in our second year and again in the Third year. Consequently, I became president for life of McGill Law '57 , much to the chagrin of Fidel Castro. Castro has been president of Cuba for 45 years but I have been president of my class for 49 years. But I digress.

Roland became a crown prosecutor after we graduated and he seemed to enjoy Criminal Law. He later sought a change and then practiced civil law for a number of years. He was then successful in being elected Mayor of Rosemere, a town close to Ste-Therese and he was elected several times as he was quite popular. He also had great inner strength. The language laws of Quebec allow towns to have by-laws and signs in English and French providing the population of that town is a least 50% English. Rosemere eventually lost some of its English population and the Quebec Government then insisted that all signs and by-laws be only in French. Roland was unwilling to accept this edict and after a battle Roland was victorious and the by-laws and the signs remain bilingual. After he left office, the town of Rosemere honoured him by naming a boulevard with his name.

Roland was appointed a judge in the Superior Court of Quebec. He sat mainly in St-Jerome the judicial seat for the Laurentians. Three weeks after he was appointed , our class had one of our 5 year reunions. I announced his appointment and I congratulated him for never having been reversed by the Court of Appeal of Quebec. He loved being a judge and he enjoyed listening to witnesses and hearing lawyers arguments and rendering judgments. Recently, having had sufficient seniority on the Bench, he became a supernumery judge, which meant he sat only half the time of a regular judge, but received the same annual revenue.

How do I know so much about Roland? Every year, in the month of December, 15 of us had lunch at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montrea where we exchanged exaggerations of our accomplishments. We never talked about failures. Two years ago, Roland said he was going to remain a judge until he reached the age of 75. Unfortunately, he never reached his retirement age.

The announcement in the newspaper stated the family would receive condolences at the church at 9.00 am and the funeral service would start 9.30 am. I am never late. I parked my car in the parking lot and entered the church through the side door precisely at 9.00 am. The church was dark so I went to the front door. The sign on the lawn reassured me that I had arrived at the proper destination.

When I turned back, I noticed that the lights had been turned on. I selected a pew that was a respectful distance from the altar and sat down. I looked around the Church and it appeared that it was built sometime in the 19th century and that there in excess of one thousand seats. The church had recently been repaired and repainted was bright and clean and quite large. A priest in a white robe appeared and at 9.35 am two gentlemen came down the centre aisle carrying flowers. Soon four gentlemen brought is a tranparent square in which was located a metal container. It was obvious that Roland had been cremated. The family followed down the aisle with other mourners close by.

As the funeral mass commenced, the church appeared to be practically empty. I counted the people present and determined that there were only 50 people in attendance and I was the only classmate present. The mass was moving, the priest's semon was reassuring to the family and a nephew described how worried Roland was that he would be unable to render some of his judgments because of his illness. But only 50 people showed up.

I waited in line to express my condolences to the family and when I finally succeeded, I left the church with only one thought on my mind. Mr. Justice Roland Durand deserved to have a bigger SEND OFF.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

THE GUN REGISTRY

The minister of public safety, Stockwell Day, intends to exempt long fire arms from the the gun registry. The reason for this exemption is that the rural base of the conservative party is against the gun registry because it claims the registration of guns limits the freedom of the rural community whose members are are inveterate hunters. The hunters are ones who get in their cars which are required to have provincial licenses and are able to drive because they have driving permits and go hunting because they have obtained hunting licenses from the provincial authorities and while they drive on public roads, they try to respect the speed limits which are imposed by the provincial roads departments. These people do not consider that the above permits, licenses and speed limits affect their freedom but the registering of guns impedes their liberty.

There is no doubt that the establishment of the gun registry cost an enormous amount of money, but the recent report by the auditor-general claims that the firearm center which runs the registry has made considerable progress and has operational costs under control. The cost of the annual registration of firearms will be 25 million dollars.

The vast majority of the police forces in Canada favour the maintenace of the gun registry for all firearms. These forces consult the registry 6,500 times daily. The police forces claim that the registry is of enormous assistance to them. It allows them to be better prepared for police intervention indicating if firearms are located at a certain address, it allows them to arrest a person who is carrying a firearm that is not registered in his name, and it has a postive affect of reducing the number of murders in this country. The registry has affected the black market sale of illigitimate firearms.

Andrew Coyne, the illiberal columnist of the far right of center National Post, recently wrote that the registry is no longer necessary because the murder rate from firearms in Canada has been reduced from 1500 per annum to 772 per annum. Apparently the loss of 772 lives as a result of the use guns is unimportant to the right wing crowd.

Hunting guns are dangerous weapons. They are used to kill animals and can easily kill human beings. It is normal for a country like Canada to take all the precautions that it deems necessary to save lives. The rural community is against having to register a firearm each time a gun or hunting rifle is purchased, however it is not against the various permits and licenses that are required to go hunting. The current government is trying please its rural base but by doing so, may place the lives of many Canadians in peril.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Allan Huber {Bud} Selig. An Open Letter to the Commissioner of Baseball.

Dear Bud;

I am rather old baseball fan. I was a young teenager when Jackie Robinson played his first season of organized professional baseball with the Montreal Royals in 1946. The Royals, a farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers, were in the International League. This team went on to win the Little World Series by beating the American Association Champions. Robinson was the main reason for the Royal's success.

I attended at least 20 Royals home games that year, usually coming home quite hoarse, after shouting my support for our hero, Jackie Robinson. The next year, 1947, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League and had an illustrious career in the Majors. You Americans forget that Jackie Robinson started to play for the Royals the year before, because the vast majority of American sports writers claim that Jackie Robinson broke into organized baseball with the Dodgers in 1947. Montreal baseball fans loved Robinson and cheered him along the way. The question is, without Montreal, would Jackie Robinson have ever made it to the Major Leagues?

I was overjoyed when Charles Bronfman was successful in obtaining a National League franchise for Montreal in 1969. The Montreal Expos played their home games at an excuse for a ball park called Jarry Park. The only good thing about the park was that the stands were really close to the field and there was a happy family atmosphere. My wife refused to be a baseball widow so she became a very knowledgeable baseball fan. We took our children to the park on the Sundays when the Expos were in town and we all cheered when the Expos won, we were quite sad when they lost.

I used to attend many week day games with my friends and we always came early so that we could watch batting practice. One night the Pittsburgh Pirates were in town and the Late great Willie Stargell was taking his swings. Willie could hit the longest home runs. There was a swimmimg pool behind the right field fence of Jarry Park and Willie could hit them so that the ball soared over the fence and landed in the swimming pool. There was a stong wind blowing to right field that night and when Stargell finished his batting practice I yelled, "Willie, the wind is blowing to right field and you should be able to hit them out of here!" He just stared at me as he turned his majestic frame in my direction and replied, " When Ah hits em, Ah don't need no wind!" I nodded in agreement because I didn't dare argue with the great Willie Stargell.

My friend Bill was able to obtain tickets in the first row right behind first base. The Pirates were in town again and Davey Cash, who later played for the Expos, was the Pittsburgh second baseman. An Expo batter hit a high foul ball which was coming down in front of us. Davey came running over and was waiting for the ball which he should have caught. Bill and I, however, began to scream, "Watch the hose! Watch the Hose!" Davey looked down for the inexistant hose and dropped the ball. If looks could kill, Davey Cash's face should have killed us. We gave the Expo batter a new life but he grounded out to Davey Cash who accurately threw the ball to first base and the batter was out. Cash smiled at us as he ran to the dugout.

The Olympic Stadium was finally completed for the Montreal Olympics of 1976 and subsequently the Expos shifted their home games to this stadium. I had problems with the sight lines of this park so I always insisted of sitting behind home plate. I could clearly see the pitches and the swings of the batters and the whole field. One night, the visiting team brought in a rookie to pinch hit for the pitcher. After fouling off a few pitches he struck out on a pitch that was high and outside. A female fan who was close by yelled, "Go back to the minors!" To which the batter replied, "Shut up Lady!"

Unfortunately, Charles Bronfman lost interest in his baseball team and could have sold it to American interests for a pretty good profit, but he did not want the team moved from Montreal. He sold it to Claude Brochu and other investors for far less than he could gotten from Americans. At he beginng Brochu and his associates looked pretty good and they fielded an above average team. In 1994, we were in first place in our division when the players went on strike. You remember that Bud. You were the interim Commissioner and you negociated for the owners. The season was cancelled and the Expos were never the same.

Brochu got rid of all his stars. The Expos traded or lost outfielders Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, Moises Alou and pitchers Ken Hill and John Wetteland. Pedro Martinez, who the Expos rescued fom the L.A. Dodgers' bullpen and enabled him to become a starting pitcher with a salary of 3 million dollars annually, decided to sign with Boston Red Sox for close to 11 Million dollars per annum. The Expo's payroll was about 9 million dollars total for 1995 and the team got worse and worse. The fans did not lose confidence in the Expos, they lost confidence in their management and stayed away in droves.

In 1999, Jeffrey H. Loria a New York art dealer bought 24% of the Montreal Expos. His only claim to fame was that he wrote 2 books; 1965 "Collecting Original Art" and 1969 "What's It All About, Charlie Brown?" These are each available for $2.95 U.S. His previous baseball venture came in 1989 when he bought a minor league team, the Oklahoma City 89ers. His stay in Montreal brought only agony to baseball fans.

He became the managing partner of the expos. He decided that Montreal Radio And television stations were not paying enough to the Expos for the broadcast rights. He cancelled all broadcasts of the team's home and away games. He finally settled with French Language Radio after a third of the season had gone by. He never settled with English radio and the only place you could listen to English Language broadcasts was on the internet. There no television of the Expos that season.

Loria then orchestrated a series of of contoversial cash calls that diluted the share of the other owners of the Expos and increased his own share to 94%. Loria and the other owners of the Expos were constantly at war after that and the team languished. Montrealers don't like to be taken for fools. Loria was totally disliked and the situation in Montreal could not improve unless Loria left.

John Henry was the owner of the Florida Marlins but he was interested in purchasing the Boston Red Sox. In an orchestrated move which involved you, John Henry and Jeffrey Loria, Henry executed a leveraged buy out of the Red Sox for some $600 million, sold the Florida Marlins to Loria for $183 million and Major league Baseball bought the Expos by paying Loria $125 million. Major league baseball was really not interested in preserving baseball in Montreal. You had previously stated that Major League Baseball should retract and Montreal was one of the cities designated to lose its team.

You had the opportunity of winning back the fans if you wanted to do so. But the fact that you allowed many home games to be played in Puerto Rico was the final nail in the coffin. Two Canadian teams, The Expos and the Blue Jays played each other in Puerto Rico on July Ist, Canada Day instead of Montreal. This was an insult to all Canadians. July 1st is as important to Canadians as July 4th is to Americans.

The following season, the players on the Montreal Expos requested that all their home games be played in Montreal. You refused and convinced them it was necessary to play some home games in Puerto Rico. Inspite of this, one million fans attended the home games of the Expos, but the dye was cast. You moved the team to Washington and changed the team name to the Nationals. You finally sold the team to Mr. Lerner for $400 million which means that Major League Baseball will be reimbursed the $125 million which it paid to Jeffrey Loria, $80 million which it claims it lost while operating the team for two years in Montreal and the remainder will be paid to the owners of the major League teams. Jeffrey Loria as owner of the Florida Marlins will receive an additional $8 million.

I expected better of you. You were a very successful used car dealer with many lots in Milwaukee. You were a strong baseball fan who became annoyed when the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta. You went out and bought the bankrupt Seattle Pilots for $10.8 million and brought the team to Milwakee and named them the "Brewers". You were able to convince Milwaukee to build you a new stadium. You even managed to have the Brewers shift from American League to the National League. In spite of the fact that the Brewers were in only one World Series in 1982, there was never any thought of moving the team to another city. You were interim Commissioner of Baseball from 1992 until 1998 when you became the Commissioner and you have remained in this function right up today. You established inter-league play, the wild card, creation of 3 divisions in each league and revenue sharing between the haves and the have nots in Major League baseball. How come, a man of your ability did really nothing to save Major League baseball in a good sports town like Montreal?

Jeffrey Loria did win the World Series in Florida, but he commited the same sin that was committed by Claude Brochu in 1994. Loria sold most of his star players to other teams. Now the Florida Marlins have an average attendance of slightly over 6,200 per game. Jeffrey Loria will soon have the distinction of destroying 2 major league teams. I hope you are not going to come up with another scheme to save him. Montrealers will be watching.