Scott Rubush is a recovering journalist living in West Chester, PA. He is a native of York, PA, and grew up in Cary, NC. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Scott has an extensive background in writing and politics. He is Publisher Emeritus of Carolina Review, and a former associate editor of the Los Angeles-based website FrontPageMagazine.com. He currently works as a grant-writer for an educational foundation in Wilmington, Del.
:: Monday, March 31, 2003 ::
Ahh, yeah...I'm listening to the first Orioles game of the year, direct from WBAL 1090 in Baltimore. Right now the O's are tied 5-5 with the Indians with two on and one down in the 13th inning. Winter here in Delaware sure was long, but God it's worth it when Spring comes you can hear a great game on the radio like this.
On that note, indulge me a modest prediction: The Orioles shall win the World Series. No body gives this year's team a chance--there are no significant additions from a team that ended last year in a 4-32 slump. Still, I gotta feelin'. This team has heart. They will go...all...the...way.
Mark my words.
UPDATE: ORIOLES WIN in 13! Opening day, and they're already in first place!
Scott 7:23 PM [+] ::
1. Was anyone else freaked out by the way he evoked Adolf Hitler about two-thirds of the way into the text? Compare his "one nation, one leader, one party. Israel, Sharon, Likud." with the infamous phrase, "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer" [tr: One People, One Empire, One Leader."]
2. Isn't it ironic that someone who wrote a Jeremiad about the "Death of the West" could write an article that so savagely attacks those who would defend Israel, the birthplace of the West?
The existence of al Qaeda, and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are part of the price the United States has paid to contain Saddam Hussein.
The link is clear and direct. Since 1991 the United States has had forces in Saudi Arabia. Those forces are there for one purpose only: to defend the kingdom (and its neighbors) from Iraqi attack. If Saddam Hussein had either fallen from power in 1991 or fulfilled the terms of his cease-fire agreement and disarmed, U.S. forces would have left Saudi Arabia.
But Iraqi defiance forced the United States to stay, and one consequence was dire and direct. Osama bin Laden founded al Qaeda because U.S. forces stayed in Saudi Arabia.
This is the link between Saddam Hussein's defiance of international law and the events of Sept. 11; it is clear and compelling. No Iraqi violations, no Sept. 11.
Scott 6:27 PM [+] ::