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Iraqi football players caution Bush
Al Jazeera ^ | Aug. 21, 2004

Posted on 08/22/2004 4:35:47 PM PDT by Rennes Templar

Saturday 21 August 2004, 11:54 Makka Time, 8:54 GMT

Iraqi football players, who have performed exceptionally well at the Olympics, are cautioning President George Bush not to use their success in his re-election campaign, according to the US monthly Sports Illustrated.

US media has touted the success of Iraq's under-23 team as it beat Portugal 4-2 and Costa Rica 2-0 and sailed through to the quarterfinals.

However, the sudden interest in the team - particularly from the US Republican re-election campaign platform - has irked some of its members.

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Iraqi player Salih Sadir told SI.com.

"He can find another way to advertise himself."

Sadir has so far scored two goals for the team.

But some players went further: substitute Ahmad Manajid, who played as a midfielder in Wednesday's match against Morocco (1-2) told the monthly sports magazine "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?"

"He has committed so many crimes."

Manajid went on to say "I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?"

"Everyone [in Falluja] has been labelled a terrorist. These are all lies. Falluja people are some of the best people in Iraq."

According to Sports Illustrated, one of Manajid's cousin was a resistance fighter who was killed by US occupation forces. He allegedly told SI.com that he would have become a resistance fighter had he not been on the Olympic team.

Iraq's second coach, who filled the gap left behind when German manager Bernd Stange left the team due to security concerns, told SI.com that he believed US occupation forces destroyed everything in his country.

"My problems are not with the American people," Adnan Hamad told the sports monthly.

"They are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything. The American army has killed so many people in Iraq. What is freedom when I go to the [national] stadium and there are shootings on the road?"


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iraq; iraqiathletes; olympics; salihsadir; soccer
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To: Rennes Templar

 

There are times when I read dreck like this and think President Bush should release Saddam, give him Iraq back, and tell him he can keep his little sh!thole and the ingrates that live there.

 

51 posted on 08/22/2004 6:52:36 PM PDT by Fintan (I don't need to know what it looks like to know what it looks like.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Ha!...these ingrates should be over here campaigning for Bush!


52 posted on 08/22/2004 6:54:54 PM PDT by mystery-ak (The most dangerous place in the world...between Moore and Ronstadt in the buffet line!)
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To: Rennes Templar

Oh that's just great! What if this little jerk had Uday and "Who say" controlling the team?........One misstep and it's the torture room.......or worse. Hope they lose! :(


53 posted on 08/22/2004 6:54:55 PM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: The Wizard

You got that right. Lets see theres the MSM, France, Arab world, JFuK, alphabet TV, DU, ...........


54 posted on 08/22/2004 7:05:45 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Guillermo
Even if Hussein's rule was more terrorizing the daily destruction and face of war was not present as it is now.

We invaded their Country, there's no getting around that, and we didn't do it primarily to liberate them, that was an immeasureably valuable byproduct that this guy doesn't seem swift enough to comprehend.

I supported the war, and continue to support the current effort to democratize. But the US wants the image of us as an invading force to fade, because it's counterproductive in the long run, and that's not at all how we want to be remembered. That's why we handed over sovereignty as quickly as we did. A lot of Iraqis just want the state of war to be eliminated, you can't blame them. You nor I would like to encounter open fire on our way to work on a regular basis.

I bet his fellow athletes are like we are here in the US, split. Some of us think Kerry is up to the task of being President, and the rest of us think kerry is a no-good, back-stabbing, lying, pusillanimous, weasel who glommed a PH for some rice in his ass, and is an all around candy-assed pantload.

55 posted on 08/22/2004 7:23:13 PM PDT by AlbionGirl
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To: Rennes Templar

Why this ungrateful bunch of jerks. President Bush would no stoop so low as to use your sad bunch of, once again, jerks. Next time you nitwits ask America to save your a$$, go suck on a poison ivy twig, you nits.


56 posted on 08/22/2004 7:35:25 PM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!!)
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To: Rennes Templar

I'd leak it out that two or three of Uday Hussein's henchmen have escaped from prison and that we know not where they are...That should put a chill up their rectums when they get off the plane!


57 posted on 08/22/2004 10:25:48 PM PDT by Wondervixen (Ask for her by name--Accept no substitutes!)
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To: Rennes Templar

And why should I listen to some dumb Jock? This guys only claim to fame is he can kick a ball, my 2 yearold can kick a ball, I dont ask his opinion!


58 posted on 08/22/2004 10:34:13 PM PDT by KingNo155
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To: Rennes Templar
"How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?"

I think God will give him a nice house... by the beach... where he can drink margaritas and watch the sun dip into sea...

Meanwhile, I am certain, that those "sluaghtered" men and women... they'll be burning in hell....

So I hope that answers that "soccer" player's question.

59 posted on 08/22/2004 10:38:40 PM PDT by Porterville (```I need representation against my union~~ They are extorting money~~~)
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To: monie8401

Heartwarming words. I read (probably on FR) that the Iraqi's are very dysfunctional (my word) because Saddam and fear, and being oppressed was their "normal". It was predicted that it will take years, possibly generations before they become truly free in spirit.

I believe that.


60 posted on 08/23/2004 1:43:55 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.)
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