The incredibly hostile and, without question, provocative “JIHAD LEGIA” banner in Arabic script displayed by supporters of Polish club LEGIA WARSAW for the UEFA Europa League match with visiting Israeli club FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV at the POLISH ARMY STADIUM (known as the Pepsi Arena for sponsorship purposes) in late September earlier this 2011/12 season.
Fact of the matter is, this blog has been trying to determine the most appropriate way in which to respond to this unique display by the supporters of the Polish club, Legia Warsaw, for quite some time now.
In mid-Novmeber, the European Union of Football Associations formally rule on this case and officially levied a fine of 10,000 Euros (that would be the equivalent of roughly $ 13,500 here in the United States) against the Legia Warsaw club.
This financial penalty actually amounting to something even microscopically less than a slap on the wrist. And anybody who understands the first thing of what about what the average transfer fee of the average player in Europe routinely costs has no choice but to concur. Indeed, the blog actually seriously considered paying the fine incurred the by actions of the incredibly “misguided” Legia Warsaw supporters just to prove a point.
But, on the other hand, the blog has been making a serious attempt to confront reality as well as search the soul since this scandal first broke, too. There can be no question that Jew-bashing in Europe is becoming increasing more popular with each passing day. The inevitable failure that is the European Union and its unsustainable entitlements have to be a contributing factor as, anyone who has gone anywhere near a history book, ever, knows that blaming Jews for the ills of society has been going on pretty much since the beginning of time.
And there just ain’t nothin’ this blog’s never gonna to be able to do to stop that kinda nonsense, either — this is just a stone cold fact of life.
Truth is, as has been previously disclosed here, this blog is run by a pair of German brothers who were sent to Presbyterian church growing up because it was the closest one down the street … so, in other words, if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad really makes good of his oft-repeated threats to “wipe Israel off the map” with nuclear weapons — why should we actually give a genuine damn, anyway? The fallout would never make its way all the way over here across the Atlantic Ocean to America, where we live, so, hey, exactly why do we really care?
In the end, the blog is well aware the only thing achieved by taking time to address such issues and actually take a principled stand is to incur the wrath of the loyal readership, who always prefer the predictable and standard diet of basic entertainment and sports. We know nobody wants a history lecture, which is probably for the best because we have been chomping at the bit to bring up what the Soviet NKVD did to the Polish Officer Corps in the Katyn Forest. But we definitely also know no one wants to be challenged to actually have to think about hypocrisy or anything of the intellecutal sort because, hey, the blog is suppose to stick with the popular, dumbed-down sports program that acutally might draw more than five people per day, right?
Right. And so, the lucky Legia Warsaw supporters get the proverbial pass today. Congratulations on a job well done, people.