Sunday, June 18, 2006

We lost because...

Kash Kheirkhah

Unlike many of my compatriots, I'm not so sad to see Iran leaving the World Cup so early. If you take a look at the big picture, you realize that the results our national team produced has nothing to do with our players and everything with our political situation.

We lost because we deserved to lose.

We lost because we live under a corrupt and cancerous regime whose mere existence has almost destroyed every aspect of our life style, including sports.

We lost because due to our leaders' shameful and irresponsible remarks and behavior in the recent months, not a single team in the world-- even from countries such as Russia and China who are mullahs' staunchest backers-- agreed to hold a preparation match with us.

We lost because Ahmadinejad's shameful holocaust remarks and the threat of the UN sanctions raised the specter of the Iranian football team suffering the humiliation of being kicked out of the most prestigious tournament in the world; an embarrassing possibility that dogged our National Team until the very last moment.

We lost the very first moment we were told that of all the people, Germany's neo-Nazis would be the ones who would come to cheer us on in the world cup.

Yes, we had lost before we even kicked off.

There are a huge number of problems in my country much more worthy of attention than two or three football matches. This, we will forget in a month, but how can we--even for a single moment-- forget the ordeal the Iranian people are going through under the Islamic regime?

How can we ever forget about our "freedom"?