Thursday, August 19, 2004

Soccer & Politics: Quotes of the Day

"The image of the Iraqi soccer team playing in this Olympics, it's fantastic, isn't it? It wouldn't have been free if the United States had not acted." -- George W. Bush, U.S. President

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign. He can find another way to advertise himself." -- Salih Salir, midfielder on the Iraqi Olympic team

"How will he [Bush] meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women? He has committed so many crimes." -- Ahmed Manajid, midfielder on the Iraqi Olympic team

"My problems are not with the American people. They are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything. The American army has killed so many people in Iraq. What is freedom when I go to the [national] stadium and there are shootings on the road?" -- Iraqi soccer coach Adnan Hamad

All quotes taken from a Sports Illustrated story posted today.

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