Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't they have tigers in Angola?

You may (or may not have) heard but there was a recent attack in Angola that left a number of members of the Togolese national football team dead. I won't ask you where Togo is.

Normally this might be a mere footnote in the Western news cycle but this year is also the World Cup in South Africa which has led to nations wondering if their teams will be safe in South Africa.

As the head soccer honcho in South Africa states: "If there is a war in Kosovo and a World Cup in Germany, no one asks if the World Cup can go on in Germany, everyone understands the war in Kosovo is a war in Kosovo."

Angola is hundreds of miles from South Africa much like Kosovo is hundreds of miles from Germany. Yet another example of how Africa is lumped together as a lawless, violent place that everyone fears.

Coming soon: The World Cup in the land of Nelson Mandela...

1 comment:

The Renegade Librarian said...

I laughed pretty hard at that map--brilliant! I am, however, scared of tigers...