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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stop That Orwellian Sports Metaphor!

David Zirin writes for The Nation:

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has compared the protests following his country's recent sham election to the common scuffles that take place after a soccer game. He said:
Some people are sentimental and become excited. As I said, I compared it to a soccer match. Their team has not won in the match.... In the end, I don't think we'll have any serious challenges. Sentiments are high, and sometimes they do some stuff on the streets, but in the end we had 40 million people participating, and what is happening on the streets is like a football match.
Someone needs to let Ahmadinejad in on the differences between a soccer riot and the explosive expressions of dissent taking place across a country of more than 70 million people, 70 percent of whom are younger than 30.


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