I started the day with John Oakley on Toronto's Number One morning show. We discussed Obama and the evaporation of the southern border - America's southern border, that is; on Canada's southern border, the US seems to be operating a policy that the more lax things get on the Rio Grande the more ruthlessly they make up for it on the 49th parallel.
But along the way we also chewed over competing subtexts to the World Cup: a Russian Orthodox priests says the cleats are flamingly homosexual, while a bigshot imam says it's all part of the International Jewish Conspiracy. Click to listen:
If you're wondering about that imam-cum-footie-analyst, well, it was a fellow called Mus'id Anwar, and I mention him in After America, personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore and help support my campaign to shove climate mullah Michael Mann's hockey stick where the global warming don't shine. Imam Anwar turns up on page 135:
During the 2010 World Cup, the eminent Egyptian imam Mus'id Anwar gave a sermon in Cairo attacking young men who follow soccer instead of memorizing the Koran:
'Ask one of those young men who are so crazy about soccer to name the names of twenty of the Prophet's companions. Only 20! The Prophet Muhammad's companions numbered over 100,000. All I'm asking for is the name of 20 companions... But if you ask the same guy to give you the names of 20 soccer players, he will …give you the names of the reserve team players, of those who are still active, and those who have retired.'
Who's to blame for this? Well, the imam looked into it and quickly discovered who's seducing the Muslims away from their Korans:
'As you know, the Jews have The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Over 100 years ago, they formulated a plan to rule the world, and they are implementing this plan.
'One of the protocols says: 'Keep the [non-Jews] preoccupied with songs, soccer, and movies.' Is it or isn't it happening? It is.
'Don't some of them die in the course of a soccer match? At an important match in Egypt, a man was standing in the stadium, and when his team scored a goal, he screamed 'Gooooaaal!' got a heart attack, and died… The Zionists manage to generate animosity among Muslims, and even between Muslim countries, by means of soccer. Whose interests does this serve? The Jews...'
Oh, it's easy to be skeptical. After all, if soccer is part of the International Jewish Conspiracy, how come Israel has only managed to qualify for the World Cup on one occasion (1970) and got knocked out in Round One?
Ah, but that just shows how cunning these Jews are.
~On Thursday, I'll be back on the radio for my weekly date with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.