Friday, May 14, 2004

Stadium vs Prison

Reader JB writes to say:

The Iraqi Soccer Team just qualified for the Olypmics for the first time since 1988. It is a HUGE deal in Iraq. They are celebrating in the streets. What do you think about promoting the idea of bringing the Iraqi team to the US to train for the Olympics? We could even have a "friendly" game between them and the US team.

It certainly represents a huge opportunity to offset the negative publicity of Abu Ghraib. A variation on the theme JB suggests is creating a raffle for tickets that Iraqis can win to actually attend the games in Athens. Most Iraqis are too poor to attend the games themselves and their cheering squad, unless filled out by Americans, will be thin at best. Maybe they should have a chance to cheer on the home team themselves.