Thursday, August 19, 2004
Iraqi soccer team bashes Bush
I almost threw up when I read this
Iraqi midfielder Salih Sadir scored a goal here on Wednesday night, setting off a rousing celebration among the 1,500 Iraqi soccer supporters at Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. Though Iraq -- the surprise team of the Olympics -- would lose to Morocco 2-1, it hardly mattered as the Iraqis won Group D with a 2-1 record and now face Australia in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Afterward, Sadir had a message for U.S. president George W. Bush, who is using the Iraqi Olympic team in his latest re-election campaign advertisements.
In those spots, the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."
"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."
Ahmed Manajid, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush's TV advertisement. "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?" Manajid told me. "He has committed so many crimes."
Talk about a bunch of damn ingrates! This is the same Iraqi soccer team who fell victim to the sadistic Uday Hussein. If Bush hadn't "committed so many crimes", their asses would be wondering if they would have teeth after Uday got finished with them.
Here's one story
about the Iraqi soccer team before the U.S. "slaughtered so many men and women":
In 1997, FIFA, the governing body for international soccer, sent soccer officials from Qatar and Malaysia to Baghdad to investigate a report that members of the national team were imprisoned and had their feet caned after losing a World Cup qualifying game to Kazakhstan. FIFA exonerated Iraq, saying they found no evidence of torture after interviewing and physically examining 12 players.
Sharar Haydar, who was on the Iraqi team at the time but sat out the game with an injury, told ESPN.com that players, indeed, were tortured. He said his teammates joked with each other about their inability to tell the truth to the FIFA officials during their two-day visit.
"I mean, nobody was going to say anything," Haydar said.
This is what the Iraqi Soccer Team had to face under Uday Hussein. When their ungrateful asses were being airlifted
out of Baghdad, they never had to worry about being imprisoned. They actually could speak their minds freely without having to worry if they were going to be tortured once they got back to Uday's Olympic headquarters.
And what makes this worse is the fact that Bush never mentioned them in the ad
I've seen the ad
. All the ad says is that there are two new free nations and two less terrorist regimes being represented at the Olympics, and they just put the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan on them. That's it. Bush didn't even mention the Iraqi soccer team or any other team in the ad. You would have thought the ad showed a picture of the Iraqi soccer team with Bush superimposed into it.
It's things like this that make you not feel no remorse or pity for them while they were under Saddam's regime. It's things like this that make people say, "To hell with them; let that piece of crap they call a country turn into a hellhole." It's our men and women that risk their lives every day so not only the people in this country can live in a safer place, but so they may be able to live in a place where their people can live free and will be safe as well.
I hope the Australians beat their asses on Saturday. These jokes do not deserve a medal, and they do not deserve cheers. They are ungrateful, and despicable people. It would be one thing if they just wanted to stay out of the fray, but to try and bash the man that saved their sorry asses that would have otherwise been tortured each time they lost a game shows a lack of integrity on the part of that soccer team.
Let's hope the rest of the Iraqi athletes have a little more decorum than these jokes.