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The vote in question came Oct. 16 when five of the more liberal council members urged the government to "break the cycle of violence" and end the roots of oppression that "tend to drive some people to acts of terrorism."

The four other members abstained. The council also condemned the Sept. 11 attacks, grieved the mass murder of thousands of people that day and acknowledged the heroic response.

Council members who voted for the resolution have accused Dean and business leaders of inadvertently stoking talk of a boycott.

"The largest publicity about a boycott has come from the mayor appearing on national television and talking about it," said Councilman Kriss Worthington.

Business owners already feeling the sting of the dot-com downturn say the timing couldn't be worse.

Lee Jester, owner of the furniture store, The Craftsman Home, said, "I wish the City Council would just concern itself on city matters."

—The Associated Press

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