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14 thoughts on “New Arab Leadership

  • Michael.K

    It's an interesting question, which, unfortunately will probably be answered long after we're all gone to the happy hunting ground. The point is, it's not really up to us, one way or another. It's really their business, not ours. We've meddled too much and for too long. Now we should step back and let the Arabs make their own mistakes for a change. Though this is a naive attitude, maybe even idealistic. There is no way we can do this as too much of the worlds' oil is located under their sand. They might have been better off without it.

    • adrian

      Don't think you quite got it. It's a joke. And also a comment about football governance.

  • Alaric

    Blatter must go…. hmm, perhaps this calls for another SCR? ; )

    The day Video referees are introduced into football will be the day that I start watching more of it

  • kemal_yoldash

    Well, I think there will not be any repeat of XX century's dictators. since internet social networks plus quick mobilisation of masses won't allow neoMubaraks and neoBenAli to be resurged.
    New arab leadership will be concentrate in jamaats, self-organised religious groups, so Muslim Brotherhood may be a good precedent.

    • nextus

      That's it! Sepp 'Bug' Blatter, otherwise known as the Ravenous Beast of Traal. So stupid he thinks that if the ref can't see a goal, the goal didn't happen.

    • ingo

      Zephoid Biebelbrock tightened his snooze as the wind on Cantaria blew dust into whirling little devils, still, the ball was round and the game of two halfs was level at 1:1, the crustacians from orks and the bintogenarians of Alpha centauri B's crack footie team had one more ace up their sleaves, the Sepp Blatter, an energy pill shoved under their small gills during half time.

      As of one, the team started gelling as the smart properties preceding this energy drug's release kicked in, their passing became superb, their foresight of chances was incredible, soon ithe score was 3:1.

      • ingo

        Little did they know who Sepp Blatter really was back then in 2011, a man with many pockets and bank accounts, a lost soul in an increasingly grubby football world, were accountants and oligarchs ruled and the taxman found more broken bones than money.
        part 2:
        Today its all about exhaustion to the bitter end, reagrdless of what it takes, doping rules were scrapped in 2050. Off line decisions are made by laser controlled robots and the ref has live TV on a flip visor, ready for a playback.
        ref's in 2379 do not make wrong decisions anymore, too many had been killede and since then tghe time delay was established, stopping all play and leaving the ref alone to discuss the discrepnacies with a panel of refs. The time delay automatically cuts back in after 30 seconds, without disrupting the game. All that the players notice is a change of ball colour…..

  • Paul Johnston

    Kemal a question.
    Do you think the Arab world will always be defined by religion? As far as I recall the Baathi movement was not explicitly Islamic.
    Can secular non-tribal groupings start to have a say as well or are they incompatible when religious groups hold sway?

    • Germanicus

      Actually, until relatively recently Arab politics was secular, not Islamist. You mentioned the Baath party, but there was of course also the pan-Arab movement of Gamal Abdul Nasser, as well as the secular PLO and the communists in Yemen. The rise of Islamism has been mostly a reaction to the oppressive, though secular governments which rule in most of the Arab world. The uprisings across the region have been almost entirely secular outlook, and represent a huge challenge to the waning appeal of Islamist parties.

  • alan campbell

    Marvellous. I doubt there'll be much of an improvement. Still the odious Jack Warner to contend with.

  • Germanicus

    Weren't there rumours that the Qatar government had contributed generously to Blatter's last re-election bid? Of course, that had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that this ridiculously wealthy city-state with no football culture and a horrific summer climate managed to win the right to host the World Cup?

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