World Cup lessons in Qatar

December 12, 2022

From the World Cup in Qatar, how many lessons can we learn.
Eyes filled with astonishment for the Moroccans, the players and the fans. The streets of half of Europe are full of red flags with a green star, the pride of a nation of immigrants who want to tell us: we are here too and we can do great things. From the organizational success of the World Cup in Qatar come lessons for a new perspective.

The story begins in 2010. Surprisingly, the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, a point on the globe, with a surface area like Abruzzo, and a population like Calabria. But it is one of the first countries
in the world by per capita gross domestic product. A major defeat for the US candidate, by 14 to 8. From the start there was a cry of corruption, with petrodollars, to a few voters. We all know Blatter and Platini and they finished badly. All the other voters got into trouble, too. But that was the “world football government” that chose and it was good for everyone. The long wave of corruption has reached today, with regard to bags of money found by the Greek Vice-President of the European Parliament, with Italian complicity.

After the loud mission, however, beyond the screams, nothing. Years of work followed at a forced pace in the desert, and the new stadiums took the lives of more than 6,000 workers, evidently from poorer countries of the world and then forgotten. FIFA and Western governments, which responded with silence, did nothing concrete about it.

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Finally, the tournament began and immediately the political disputes over the prohibition of the rainbow symbol. Some European teams perform theatrical representation. FIFA oscillates between farcical statements and realpolitik choices. We talk more about ideology than we do football on our TV talk shows. But it goes on, great event, no matter the expense. In short, all new stadiums, no major organizational shortcomings. There are colorful fans of the national teams, the sports scene is great and people are having fun. This is the true meaning of most people
After a world sporting event someone necessarily wants to “color” it ideologically.

Princes teach us a lesson: the world is not one-way as the West claims. It is increasingly multipolar and everyone asks and demands respect. Within this message is our relationship with the Islamic galaxy. All the contradictions of our attitudes have come out: we take money to be bribed, and only then we become indignant with words but without changing anything. We demand that scenic rainbow beliefs be flaunted in an Islamic country, and then we don’t care what actually happens to Asian and African workers in Qatar. We use petrodollars for our own profit and then spit on them to fuel Islamophobia.

Here, this hatred that has accompanied us since 9/11 has become a convenient ploy, to have a “medieval enemy” of the advanced Western system and its “rights” enforced globally, only then to make regular agreements and deals, not even under the table. In short, it can be called “global hypocrisy,” even “cultural racism,” which is, after all, a grinning form of “rainbow imperialism.”

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Going to a specific case, we must ask ourselves why there is always such a fierce debate about building new mosques in Italy. They all seem to be staunch defenders of Christianity. But it takes little to understand that this is a pretext to gain votes in anti-Islam positions. There are about 2.7 million Muslims in Italy.

Mostly they work, pay taxes, and live with and immerse themselves in the Italian culture. The problem of security and terrorism is known, but it manifests itself in really isolated cases. Hence the impediment to, for example, building a place of worship where “they” can
Pray by the grace of God? The suspicion is that the real goal is to impose a secular and scientific “new civil religion”, clearly atheistic. Christianity has always been bold and many “internal collaborators” empty it of the most sacred spiritual meanings. With Muslims it will be more difficult, and it is better to keep them away from their mosques.

Now we get salutary lessons from Mundell’s troubled but beautiful Qatar in a truly “unfamiliar” country. And also from the sporting success of the brave Morocco that shows us, right on our streets, the multipolar society in which we live and from which we will no longer escape. When we finally reject, in a multipolar perspective, the hypocrisy and political assumptions of some global elites, we will break down the mechanisms that benefit from a culture of hatred and popular divisions. Then we will be able to say that we have taken a good step towards a new stable world order and sound social integration in Europe. For the West, it is a historic challenge because there is no turning back. If we finally stop hating imposition instead of showing respect and continually proving ourselves worthy, more will be achieved for all peoples and for true popular sovereignty.

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Marco Sereni

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