Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Qat game?

The moment of liberation for the Arab Middle East has arrived, and it has come in the form of a soccer ball.  BobOnARoll predicts that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be seen as the Middle East equivalent of Admiral Perry's incursion into Tokyo Harbor in 1853.  They're going to get an eyeful of the real world during the next twelve years leading up to the Cup, and it's going to be fun and instructive to watch.  Sensible folk ought to do all in our powers to encourage and help make this World Cup a big success.

The nonsensibles are already manning the barricades in protest about booze and sex.

How awful, they say, is the prospect of a soccer match without beer, booze, and brawls.  Where will the Budweiser and Heineken hospitality tents be erected?

And the LGBT community is already up in arms because we're presumably not going to be able to have sex over there during the contest----a demonstration to all about how low and rudderless the Movement has become when we are reduced to such trivia.

The Qatar event gives everyone on all sides of the equation a chance to bridge barriers of prejudice and reset preconceived notions.  There will be challenges and awkward, perhaps shameful moments ahead.  Yet, this moment of 'opening up' these post-feudal societies to the international community should not be squandered.

BobOnARoll hopes he's lucky enough to attend the opening ceremonies in Doha.

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