5 things more unjust than Brazil vs Croatia

The neutral would have felt there was a sense of injustice against Croatia in the football last night.  I certainly did, though I do have a Balkan bias.  In fact it got me more angry than I have about much for a long time.  You know that sense of righteous anger when you know you have witnessed some huge injustice but you can’t really do anything about it?  That is what I was feeling.  I vented on facebook and twitter a bit, and waited for the likes, comments and re-tweets to help me feel justified in my anger.

And then it hit me – why do I feel so angry about a game of football when there are so many other injustices going on in the world that are infinitely more serious than a bad refereeing decision or two.

Here are my top 5 issues (with links) that I would rather not watch or read about:

  1. That the Syrian Civil War has been going for over three years
  2. That real people, including children, are trafficked for slavery and sexual exploitation
  3. That it’s likely that more than one child on my street has been abused recently
  4. That while you have been reading this blog about 6 children have died because they were hungry
  5. That this very World Cup that many of us are so excited about is the showcase event for one of the world’s most powerful, corrupt and down right evil bunch of humans – FIFA

Of course the list could go on.  They’re just headline grabbers.  Behind all of these are individual humans, suffering horrifically.

It’s just a bit overwhelming really.  What to do?

And getting angry about football….really?

5 thoughts on “5 things more unjust than Brazil vs Croatia

  1. You make some compelling points, Nathan. Though, with every home team winning their opening match, was there ever any doubt? I feel certain fixtures are rigged, but can offer no proof. Brazil is odds on fave, to win it all.

    Like Olympics, World Cup is becoming a paragon of poor taste. With stadiums that cost so much to build and will see no further action after the month is over. Manaus would be a textbook case of the government spending money, that could of been better spent on Brazil’s poor?

    Little wonder, the poor are protesting? Who are the poor in Brazil? Most of the people.

    Like many other countries in South America, rich landowners and people thrust off the land they used for centuries. Cutting down the Amazon rain forests, is not going to help.

  2. That’s okay. It’s hard to look away. Maybe that’s what makes it so diabolical? Spanish team just got torched? Perhaps what needs to happen is, instead of just one country bearing the costs. It’s spread over several. Using stadiums already built? Sepp Blatter, had the nerve to suggest FIFA was a non-profit organization. When asked what the 1 billion dollars FIFA had, was about. He said “just for emergencies’? How prevaricating is that? Maybe FIFA should build their own stadiums?

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