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What Balls
by Lee

The Japanese, rebuilding Iraq one ball at a time.

The Japanese government won’t send troops to help coalition forces in Iraq after all, but it will send 1,214 soccer balls.

In a ceremony last week, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Yukio Takeuchi accepted thousands of balls, spikes and uniforms donated from across Japan and undertook the task of shipping the equipment to Iraqi soccer authorities.

“It is important that the people of Iraq hold hope and can heighten their expectations for the future, and the donation from football fans all around Japan with their hearts provide a prop for them in this regard,” Mr. Takeuchi said at the ceremony.

The government originally had planned to send up to 1,200 members of Japan’s Self Defense Forces to help with noncombat tasks such as road building. But after a deadly attack on Italian forces in southern Iraq, the Japanese government decided to rescind its offer. The government said the attack shows that “circumstances” don’t permit such a dispatch.

I wonder what the reaction would have been if Truman had sent over 1,200 baseball gloves after we nuked their asses in 1945.  “Ah, so.  Your generous gift of used sporting equipment is most excellent, and does me great honor.” How crazy we must have been, rebuilding Japan and all, when we could have just sent them some of our used junk and been done with it.

Posted by Lee on 11/29/03 at 05:12 AM (Discuss this in the forums)

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