- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The Iraqi soccer players have come out against George Bush, which is gratitude for you.

They do not necessarily want to return to the good, old days of Uday Hussein and his torture chambers. Yet they see certain parallels between Uday and the leader of the free world.

As Ahmed Manajid points out to Sports Illustrated, “[Bush] has committed so many crimes.”

Don’t you love the moral relativism that has overtaken so much of the world?

Here is a 22-year-old soccer player faulting Bush in unyielding terms. What courage. He never would have made those criticisms of Saddam Hussein while the despot was in control of Iraq.

Uday would have removed the player’s tongue by now, and without providing even an anesthetic.

Make no mistake, though, that Bush is equally bad to the enlightened part of the world: the corrupt International Olympic Committee, the United Nations, the rollover thinkers of France and Germany, Hollywood and the phonies with many of our major media outlets.

The Iraqi soccer team is replete with nitwits, and Sports Illustrated is only too happy to oblige them with a forum to espouse their upside-down views and insulting opinions.

They have a strong objection to being employed in one of Bush’s re-election campaign ads and stump speeches.

The ad shows the Afghan and Iraqi flags with the words: “At this Olympics, there will be two more free nations — and two fewer terrorist regimes.”

How dare Bush bring politics to the pristine Olympics? How dare he point out his accomplishments during the election season?

The U.S. Olympic Committee says the ad could be in violation of copyright laws that restrict the use of the name Olympics in ads and political endeavors. We are obligated to consider the source. The U.S. Olympic Committee exists only because of the politically legislated funding from Capitol Hill.

This tempest is nauseating.

Here we have the uplifting story of the Iraqi soccer team, against all odds, advancing to the medal-round competition in Athens, and yet it is wrong of the U.S. president to take a modicum of credit for the development.

The Iraqi soccer players would be right where they are if Uday were back in Baghdad, waiting with his instruments of torture.

So you missed a penalty kick. Maybe that is worth your foot.

Talk about a team having chemistry problems. The Iraqi soccer players used to compete just to preserve their body parts. Now, released from the shackles of fear, they are able to play with a sense of freedom, which appears to have worked to their advantage.

Yet Manajid says that if it were not for the Athens Games, he would be back in Iraq taking up arms against the American troops who rescued him and the rest of Iraq. He would be in the camp of the fat fellow with the turban.

“I want to defend my home,” Manajid says. “If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?”

It means they are part of the problem, is what it means.

Let the sickening wimps at CNN come up with the proper euphemisms for those who remove heads, blow up innocents, fly commercial jets into buildings and treat women as pieces of property.

Here is another news flash for the Iraqi soccer players and the like-minded:

We already have been invaded. We already are at war, whether Michael Moore and the death wish crowd agree or not. We can sit back and huddle in a corner with Bruce Springsteen, or we can go abroad and eliminate the two-legged cockroaches. It is a very simple proposition.

The IOC is not unlike the United Nations. It peddles a fantasy while its members fill their pockets with the gold of the host city.

The IOC members have been exposed as frauds so many times that it is hardly worth mentioning. They are what they are.

If the world is inclined to go along with it, fine.

Just spare us your moral indignation of politics being injected into the Olympics.

You are ingrates, all of you.

You want to take up arms against the American troops who removed the demented Saddam and his two sons from power?

Die already, and take the fat fellow with the turban with you.

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