|Man in a Desert||
So how did Qatar get the 2022 World Cup? There's been an explosion of anger and criticism; I'll leave it to you to read the diatribe spewing out on the web.
But I will say this: 2022 is not just about football; it's a great incentive for openness, understanding and change in the region and the world. That an Arab and Muslim country now has the opportunity to organize the ultimate tournament of the world's most popular sport is no small thing.
I am grateful that there are reasonable writers and commentators like Patrick Barclay who wrote this article, whose title I borrowed for my post.
I've been in Qatar for 14 years and have seen huge transformations over the past decade plus.
The Arab world isn't just about bombs and dictatorships and terrorist threats and human rights abuses. There are millions and millions of Arabs who sharthe same decent human values that bind humanity in general. So do give Qatar a chance. I am hopeful.
And thank you Google for marking this monumental occasion.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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