The World Cup is one of my favorite events of any kind. I've attended four of the last five tournaments, and cheering on the United States during a big victory is one of the greatest treats a sports fan can imagine.
Which is why it would be particularly painful for me if America boycotts the 2022 World Cup.
The problem, though, is that a boycott of Qatar is the only reasonable course of action.
The time has come for America, and other reasonable first-world nations, to put an end to the disgraceful actions committed by "global organizations" such as FIFA. Yes, we know that they don't like us because of our wealth and perceived arrogance, but this particular incident has crossed a very important line.
The line must be drawn at precisely the point when human rights abusers take precedence over America.
Qatar is a horrific abuser of human rights, and I will not allow my country to be snubbed in favor of those who commit atrocities. Period.
Where can we start with Qatar? How about slavery!
The government and elite of Qatar are open enablers of slavery within their borders. In fact, according to the State Department, Qatar "does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so."
In other words, the Qatar government turns a blind eye to human trafficking. This usually takes the form of poor people from countries like India who are told they can work in Qatar, and, upon arrival, are informed that they will not get paid for their labor and cannot leave the country without being punished. That is not "kind of like" slavery. That is slavery, plain and simple.
And in a country with an absolute monarch/dictator—which is laughably anachronistic in and of itself—it would be very easy to eliminate it. Just ask the English, whose king eliminated slavery in 1772.
Slavery is not the only problem with Qatar.
The Kingdom is also a close friend and partner of Iran. The last year has seen an increase in cooperation between the two nations, on both the economic and military fronts. There are only a handful of nations who have the audacity to cooperate with a human rights trampler like Iran. The fact that Qatar has taken steps to strengthen ties with Tehran in the wake of the 2009 oppressions is downright baffling.
The final outrage over Qatar—as detailed here by the New York Times—is their practice of inbreeding. To say that the people of Qatar practice incest would be a gross understatement. They more or less demand it.
Qatar tradition dictates that cousins must marry, which has made them one of the most birth-defect-plagued nations on the planet. One would think that tremendous wealth and modernization might stop this.
Nope. They still marry their cousins.
And unlike some of the other geo-political issues noted earlier, this problem can be blamed directly on the everyday people.
In short, Qatar is a sickening nation whose defeat of the United States was rooted solely in the blindness of those who voted for it.
One might imagine that the bid committee for Qatar did not show pictures of sex slaves in their final presentation to FIFA.
Oh well, the people of America should boycott this event the old-fashioned way. We should refuse to send a team, refuse to air the event and refuse to spend our dollars on the sport in 2022.