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Dear Anai & list, I think a friendly football match can be just that - friendly. It's only when players stake more significance on the outcome (which I'm sure will be irrelevant on Sunday) rather than enjoying the game itself that it becomes divisive. Perhaps a non-competitive game, or playing with mixed nationality teams, would be even better, but personally I don't think an Iraq v. America match is ill-conceived. The Italian NGO "Un Ponte Per..." (A Bridge To...) has been bringing Italians to Iraq to play football games with Iraqis for years - presumably to a very warm reception or they wouldn't keep doing it! It's a way of saying 'we haven't forgotten that you exist and are human beings just like us!'. seb On Mon, 3 Feb 2003, Anai Rhoads wrote: > Dear list, > > Is it just me, or is this football game a bad idea? To me - its only > promoting competition, nationalism, patriotism, and explioting the crisis in > a way. How can it be for peace, when its an aggressive game? Its like their > own mini war in a sense. > > This is probably the first time I have heard of any anti-war event go to > such an extreme - I can honestly say is ill-minded. It belittles such a > massive crisis. > > Am I the only one that thinks any mock play between Iraq and Americans/Brits > is odd? > > Anai Rhoads > > > > Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 4:44 PM > Subject: IRAQ V. AMERICA FOOTBALL MATCH FOR PEACE > > > Press Release: Americans Against the War > > IRAQ V. AMERICA FOOTBALL MATCH FOR PEACE > SUNDAY 9th FEBRUARY, 4PM [snip] _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk