Sunday, July 29, 2007

maybe the answers lie in the world's favorite game...

It is impressive the way a war-torn nation can find itself once again, in the actions of 20-odd guys playing futbal in a faraway land. These are more like fairytales for guys, believable because they happened, surreal because they happened against these odds.

And the best part is, they keep on happening.

When the Ivory Coast played in the world cup last year, not many knew that the country had been in the middle of a civil war for over five years and what politics couldnt achieve, sports finally did. This article gives you a picture of how powerful the sport can actually be, when it comes to dealing with crisis or when it comes to just entertaining you.

So, when Iraq won the Asian cup last night, it didnt seem too much out of the ordinary, but did feel amazingly nice to hear a good story come out of Iraq. This team had defeated three time Asian Cup champs, Saudi Arabia, with a solitary goal seperating the two teams and more importantly with a team of disaffected young war-torn guys being coached by a Brazilian with a two month contract.

When the game finished and the team ran around the whole stadium not believing what it had just achieved, the Iraqi captain came out and said something that we all hear resonate deep inside.

"I want America to go out," he said. "Today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, but out. I wish the American people didn't invade Iraq and hopefully it will be over soon."

Sad, but I dont think anyone in DC is going to hear him.

Maybe thats because the U.S. doesn't appreciate the world's favorite game for what it is, ultimate diplomacy in 90 minutes.

(P.S. Beckham... please change this....)


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