Sunday, July 29, 2007
Asterism has a decent round-up of Iraqi bloggers on the match.
Truth About Iraqis goes looking for disunity among the Iraqi football team and finds it.Typical....
But other Iraqis who felt the desire to post on Iraq's win either saw it as an opportunity to unite the country, or were doubtful that it would, or said "To hell with it. A win is a win!"
Neurotic Iraqi Wife
The GREAT LIONS OF BABYLON WON!!! You should have been there. YOu should have seen the happiness on everyones faces. You should have seen the tears on everyones cheeks. This surely is one of the greatest days and times for Iraq. For the Great Iraq. I will write more when I get to my room. As for now, Im gonna live these moments of jubilation... THE GREAT LIONS OF BABYLON WON!!!Hammorabi
Congratulations for the Lions of the Mesopotamia in their victory against Saudi Arabia one zero! Let the victims of the terrorists and wars celebrate tonight! The football team will unite the Iraqis irrespective of their differences.Millions of Congratulations for all the IraqisSunshine (good pics)
Talisman's Gate (on the Iraq's defeat of the South Korean team)
Nabil (good pics, and wonderful sentiment, but he seems to be actually only for unity among Iraqis who weren't elected by Iraqis)
AmbivalentCONGRATULATIONS IRAQ......LONG LIVE IRAQ....WE WILL HAVE PEACE ONE DAY AND WE WILL ALL RETURN TO OUR HOME AND WE WILL BE UNITED IRAQIS AGAIN, WHERE THE SUNNI IS A SHIITE AND THE SHIITE IS A SUNNI, THE KURDI IS ARABI AND THE ARABI IS KURDI OR TURKOMANI, THE MUSLIM IS A CHRISTIAN AND THE CHRISTIAN IS MUSLIM.
No Pain No Gain
Victory under one name and flag is not worthy if this is how is treated in a divided country.To hell with it
Iraq the Model
Our players, tonight our heroes, learned that only with team work they had a chance to win. May our politicians learn from the players and from the fans who are painting a glorious image of unity and national pride, and let the terrorists know that nothing can kill the spirit of the sons of the immortal Tigris and Euphrates. The fear is gone, the curfew is ignored, tonight Iraq knows only joy...24 Steps To Liberty
Now, I’m not a soccer fan at all, but the news cheered me up and made my day. Not because we won a cup, but because I know how happy that made many Iraqis. I know my brothers are very very happy now. I know my mother is laughing and my aunts and cousins are laughing and talking about things that are not car bombs and assassinations for a few hours.IraqPundit
Last of Iraqis
Congratulations to the Lions of Mesopotamia for winning the Asian Cup. You did not let us down. You brought a smile and joy to our hearts, and took the pain out of our chests even if it was for one day.Iraqi Mojo
Now a truly unique perspective was offered by Layla Anwar of Arab Woman Blues. She sees the victory of the Iraqi soccer team as a metaphor for ultimate success of the dwindling Sunni Arab insurgency. She also reports a totally bogus rumor that an American soldier cut off the head of the famous Lion of Baghdad statue (in ancient city of Babylon, although she places it in Hillah). More likely she is revealing a total lack of knowledge about the statue. I understood that the is a story that the head of the statue was cut off by an invader who thought there was gold inside. But the head doesn't look cut off to me. I only see 2,600 years of erosion.
The Lion of Babylon statue in BASRAH however was demolished by unknown terrorists. It is not yet known if they were al Qaeda, Mehdi, or someone else.