More on the real Iraq: “Riverbend,” the electifying and poetical blogger in Baghdad, offers the desolating tale of a sportloving shopowner who displayed the Brazilian flag in his window till the party of Muqtada al-Sadr, which is part of the government coalition, ordered him to take it down. Riverbend says that Sadr has issued a fatwa against soccer. She downloaded and translated his words:
Riverbend adds a lament:
So this is democracy… Muqtada Al-Sadr is a measure of how much we’ve regressed these last three years… From a country that once celebrated sportssoccer especially to a country that worries if the male football players are wearing long enough shorts or whether all sports fans will face eternal damnation… That’s what we’ve become.