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   How can I ignore Carlos Delgado? A baseball magazine deals with baseball matters and that’s what One More Inning has done now for 15 years….but how can I ignore Carlos Delgado? A part of me agonizes over what’s happening to my country and  so it’s time now for me to speak out & take a  lesson  from a sports  figure who  has  chosen to act on his  convictions.  His  stance is not a popular one with the fans and the players that surround him, but game after game he sits down in protest to the war in Iraq & the use of his homeland  of Puerto Rico’s  Vieques Island as a weapons testing ground for the United States.

  There are divisions in our country. I happen to believe we are in an ill fated war which was wrong & which is draining our country economically & destroying lives in an attempt to impose a political situation that may never happen. Factional strife is just around the corner in Iraq and will probably

come about whatever the results of the upcoming election. For me the playing of, “God Bless America” during the seventh inning  at ballparks, symbolizes  support for a war that I find to be intolerable & unjustified.

Here is  what  Delgado has  to say about his  going to the  dugout and registering his right to dissent:

“This is my personal feeling. I don’t want to draw attention to myself.  If I make the last out of the seventh inning, I’ll stand there, but I’d rather be in the dugout.”

“It’s a very terrible thing that happened on September 11th. It’s (also) a terrible thing that happened in Afghanistan and Iraq…I just feel so sad for the families that lost relatives and loved ones in the war. But I think It’s the stupidest war ever. We have more people dead now after the war than during the war.”

The questions for me regarding the war are not easy ones. First and foremost would be should we have gone to war in the first place….was there enough of a threat coming from Iraq to justify invading the country. I believe that in light of the recent findings in the just concluded congressional hearings, the threat was specious. We are there though, so what do we do now. If we leave, my feelings are that Iraq will face immanent terrorist threats and civil war. If we stay, the signs are already there for civil war right now. When we first entered Iraq, we were told we were doing so because Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction and posed a treat to the security of the United States. We entered, none were found and at that point the administration changed their tune and the mantra had become that we were there to help Baghdad become free of tyranny and a brutal dictatorship. It doesn’t work for me.

One More Inning & I stand behind Delgado’s show of protest & feel it’s justified.       


Herb Rogoff:One More Inning

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