October 12, 2016

"Instead of chanting a soccer cheer — 'What will Iran do? Destroy them!'..."

"... they were urged to shout the mournful cry, 'Ya Hossein!,' or 'O Hussein!' if Iran scored."

Iran beat South Korea in the World Cup qualifying match, but it was the eve of Ashura, the Shiite's "most solemn and sorrowful holiday" and "the religious authorities said the match could proceed if the stadium were turned into a place of mourning, with black banners commemorating the death of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, more than 1,300 years ago."

24 comments:

Achilles said...

Why are we accommodating savages? Are we doing Islam any favors by allowing them to threaten and terrorize everyone else?

It would be better for muslims if they grew up and modernized. It would be much kinder to their future generations if we forced them to now.

Lyle Smith said...

War is coming

Mac McConnell said...

We're already in a war, for like the last forty years.

Lyle Smith said...

Mac,

Yeah, I mean a hot war and not a cold war.

Rob said...

Ashura and Yom Kippur fall on the same day? Too cool.

MadisonMan said...

And the Cubs/Giants game was on Yom Kippur.

I prefer the USA custom of having the game go on and letting those who are religious decide for themselves what to do.

David Begley said...

1,300 years? Move on.

Gk1 said...

No kidding Achilles, why is the civilized world even pretending to deal with these savages. They should remain a pariah regime until they change. Why the jugged ear jesus traded away all our leverage still escapes me. Does anyone think they have stopped working on an a-bomb and a delivery system?

Wilbur said...

I think it's great they yell our President's middle name. Great.

Curious George said...

"Achilles said...
Why are we accommodating savages?"

The game was being played in Tehran. If those goatherds want to mourn so be it.

Gahrie said...

We're already in a war, for like the last forty years.

More like 1,400 years......

Nigel Tufnel said...

Where does this impulse to wrap things in black cloth come from?

Religious authorities: You may play but you must wrap the entire stadium in a burka!

Mac McConnell said...

Lyle Smith
I meant Global Warming, er Climate Change, it's a much greater threat than ISIS or the Russians or the Chinese.

mccullough said...

Persians and Koreans playing a colonial game.

Lipperman said...

"Curious George Said...

The game was being played in Tehran. If those goatherds want to mourn so be it."

An Iranian soccer player named Alireza Jahanbakhsh who plays for Dutch club AZ Alkmaar will not be playing in 2 international matches against Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.
In light of the 'tension' between Iran and Israel, the club decided not to put the player in the situation of not being able to play, or perhaps even enter Iran, if he has Israeli visa stamps in his passport.

Not just in Iran.

Mac McConnell said...

Durka Durka

Bad Lieutenant said...

Mac McConnell said...
Lyle Smith
I meant Global Warming, er Climate Change, it's a much greater threat than ISIS or the Russians or the Chinese.

10/12/16, 3:26 PM

That's nothing. Someone said pussy once.

Mac McConnell said...

"That's nothing. Someone said pussy once."

I prefer the word "muffin", chicks dig it.

buwaya said...

"Persians and Koreans playing a colonial game."

True that. A British game widely exported to the colonies.
Especially the Persians, as various bits of Persia were at various times under British occupation or their leaders reporting to British agents or residents.

The Koreans - well, that's something else. That's cultural appropriation, crude and raw, they had no beef with the British.

Clyde said...

Is self-flagellation a foul in soccer?

Josephbleau said...

The key attractiveness of soccer to elites is that it is anti-American. The key attractiveness of soccer to non-elites is the temporary resumption of gladiatorial combat.

Josephbleau said...

Not on the field, but in the stands, for clarification.

David said...

Actually, the Iranian team should have beaten themselves, if they were truly devout.

James Pawlak said...


two generations too late.