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PostA World Cup of Human Suffering (Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 11/21/22 9:23 am)
After a time in which political ideologies played the role of substitute religions, their paradises have fallen into quagmires that bring shame to every sane mind. Now the space of worldly salvation has been occupied by soccer.
As a barbaric superstition of the masses, soccer sets in motion childish enthusiasms and rates of brutality that admit few comparisons.
What is beginning these days, under the cover of a heartless tyranny in Qatar, goes beyond what we can call sport or entertainment. It is a cult of barbarism, and an insult to human rights.
Qatar is rich enough to corrupt players, federations, and soccer teams, who have accepted practicing their sport in conditions they would never dare to endure in their own countries.
We will never know how much dirty money has been funneled to those who have made possible the abomination that began yesterday in Qatar.
The most splendid soccer fields were erected in the middle of the desert. This required the labor of numerous migrants from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India, of whom 6,500 have died in work-related accidents, according to The Guardian, as mentioned by Amnesty International. Naturally, these figures are denied by Qatar, since the lives of those who went to earn their living in a country that does not recognize human rights are of little importance.
During the Third Reich, the captives in the concentration camps, and by the maxim "arbeit macht frei," staged operas in those centers of extermination.
After the performances, everyone in that ghetto died. Either right there, or in the other slaughterhouses to which they were sent. Yet while such a macabre farce lasted, it was an effective instrument of Nazi propaganda.
Fortunately, it seems that something is changing in the spirit of society, which is not willing to sell its soul to the devil for money. Nor is it willing to betray principles or ethics, which should sound in the background in the soul of all cultures and countries of the world, and at the base of which respect for life must prevail.
JE comments: Goodness, Consoly! You are throwing a wet blanket on this year's World Cup. But can we ever divorce sports from politics?
The Qatar festivities do force us to raise painful questions about human rights. The Guardian claims that 6500 migrants have died in Qatar since the Cup was awarded to the emirate in 2010. That works out to the ghastly tally of 12 dead...per week.
How do you change an oppressive regime, through isolation or engagement? This is the essential question.