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Our capitalist society gives us a winner-takes-all mentality 12%
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USA #1 !!!!! 6%
We are not sore losers 0%
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GO USA!!!!!!! 6%
Our arrogant nature makes losing unacceptable 37%

Votes: 16

 America wages psychological war on Iranian soccer team

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jul 07, 2001
In the multicultural world of today, Americans are often called upon to interact with members of another culture, religion or political persuasion.

Through sports, many of us can gain an insight into another culture, its traditions and customs. And the USA can extend the hand of friendship and sportsmanship to the other great nations with which we share our planet. Which is why I was shocked and concerned to read about the use of psychological warfare techniques against the visiting Iranian soccer team.


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Now its true to say that the relationship between the United States and Iran has not always run smoothly. The USA was involved in destabilizing Iran for many years by its incomprehensible approach to middle eastern politics. Meanwhile, Iran has not always behaved in an entirely reasonable manner.

None of these points however justifies the use of the blashpemous theo-psychological warfare tactics of the United States Soccer Federation.

As anyone with even a cursory education will know, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden to Muslims who belive that There is a devil in every berry of the grape. (translation from Arabic, may be inaccurate). And yet Muslims are human too. They may take their religion more seriously than some of us here in the West, but they are just as vulnerable to temptation as any American.

The psychological attack by the USA is subtle, but sure to be effective. Around the stadium are placed large advertizing banners for the rice-based alcoholic beverage sold in the USA under the brand name Budweiser (not to be confused with the European beer Budweiser Budvar which is not rice-based). The message these billboards will send to the Iranian soccer team is more sinister than 'enjoy a cold beer'. The main message is: 'We have no respect for your religion or culture'. But the advertisements also convey a more subtle message: by reminding each Muslim player of what he will be missing out on at the end of the game. Almost taunting him, testing his resolve and his piety to the limit, the poor Iranian player will be driven to the brink of mental breakdown.

After 90 (or possibly 120 if there is extra time added on) minutes of running about the football pitch, what could be more refreshing than an ice-cold Bud? It is by planting this insidious thought in the minds of the Iranian players, combined with the knowledge that they must not give in to temptation, that will wreak havoc on the mental state of the Iranian team. The USA team will hope to capitalize on the weakened mindset of their formidable opponents.

As if that was not bad enough, the US Soccer team also employes a group of cheerleaders, similar to these whose job is to raise the 'spirits' of the home team. Who knows what reaction the poor Iranian soccer team will have to this immodest display of female flesh ? Iranian and other Muslim women prefer the modesty provided by the hijab, the chador or (if the woman is truly virtuous, the burqua). I can only imagine that the effect on the Iranian male players would be much the same as if an American soccer player saw a team of naked cheerleaders [Warning!!! this is a PORN site. Readers of high moral standards are advised not to follow the previous link which is for illustrative purposes ONLY] dancing at the side of the pitch with only their pom-poms to preserve their blushes. It would take their mind off the ball make no mistake.

It seems clear to me that the USA is intent on avenging old defeats and will stop at nothing to achieve its 'goals' (pun intended).

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned English sportsmanship ? It seems to be a lost art for most Americans. I'm sure our colonial cousins (the pioneers of the modern soccer game) would be disgusted with us. If we cannot win this soccer match by fair means, perhaps we should not bother playing, and instead stick to gridiron and baseball, where there is no strong Islamic threat as yet.

What do you think ?


Clearly it is not our responsibility (none / 0) (#8)
by elby on Sun Jul 8th, 2001 at 11:23:16 AM PST
While I understand your point that our Iranian friends might be distracted by our beautiful culture, I believe that's simply a part of playing in another place. It is not our responsibility to hide our true selves simply because we have players from a repressed country visiting. If anything, it's a problem they've created for themselves.

If they'd just lighten up and be a bit more accepting of our culture, I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem.


How UN-PC of you. (none / 0) (#11)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jul 10th, 2001 at 09:41:30 AM PST
To say that it is their problem is quite ridiculous. I mean, how difficult would it have been to replace those beer advertizements with adverts for soft drinks ? Surely given that the match was televised in Iran as well, the advertizing dollars would have been more effectively spent, since Muslims in Iran are not likely to be drinking Budweiser are they ?

Budweiser isn't alcoholic (none / 0) (#12)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Jul 10th, 2001 at 11:28:33 PM PST
Like all American beers, Budweiser doesn't have enough alcohol to raise the eyebrows of even the staunchest Muslim fundamentalist.


The door swings both ways (none / 0) (#9)
by seventypercent on Sun Jul 8th, 2001 at 03:20:55 PM PST
Last year, an American wrestling team made headlines by becoming the first sports team from the United States to actually come into Iran and compete. Where were you then? Were you complaining about our athletes being traumatized by the culture there? (Last I heard, they were fine.) The bottom line is that different countries have different cultures, and if you can't accept that, then stay at home! Clearly, the US culture is the superior and correct one (in most respects) but that does not mean that we are entitled to dictate it to others.

Look, I'm not a big fan of Iran; in actuality, I think it should probably be made illegal. But they have their country and we have ours, and until things change (and things are slowly changing there), they will most likely stay the same.

Red-blooded patriots do not use Linux.

Shows how much YOU know (none / 0) (#10)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Jul 9th, 2001 at 01:28:47 AM PST
Iran was doing just fine when it was being run by Western-installed leaders. It wasn't until those blasted religious wingnuts illegally siezed power from the country's rightful rulers that all the problems began.

Iran won't become a proper democracy until they eliminate all traces of the Islamic cult from their government. I mean freedom of religion is great and all, but these Muslims have proven time and again that they are not fit for positions of political leadership. Whether it is Qadafi, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, or Yassir Arafat, each of these madmen have proven that being a Muslim is synonymous with extreme isolationist views and terrorist activities.

Good GOD you are a moron (none / 0) (#13)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Aug 7th, 2001 at 03:36:00 AM PST
Try haldol, or Lithium, maybe thorazine, because your so fucked in the head its not funny


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