Mike McGavick’s nightmare became reality yesterday, with the Iranian national soccer team tainting the hallowed name of Nuremberg’s Frankenstadion in their World Cup opening match. Despite McGavick’s impassioned plea to ban the Iranians from international competition, (gasp) soccer was played, and on the very field where the Hitler Youth first learned to goose step. A foreign policy disaster if I ever saw one.
Of course nothing quite pumps up national pride like getting your asses kicked by Mexico, who outscored Iran 3-1 in their World Cup opener. This puts Iran into last place in Group D with 0 points and a -2 goal differential. If Mexico goes on to beat Angola on Friday and Portugal dispatches Iran on Saturday (and the smart money is on both), the Iranian’s World Cup hopes will once again be dashed before they finish the opening round.
If only Mike McGavick were in the US Senate, this foreign policy fiasco would have been avoided.