Croatia presents an interesting problem for the Zionist fan of the World Cup. Croatia was on the wrong side of the Second World War, and its Ustase managed to distinguish themselves amongst all of the Jew-killers of the Shoah. Furthermore, in recent years, Croatian fans have been the most likely suspects for giving fascist salutes at games. As such, it would seem that rooting for Croatia cannot be good for the Jews.
In recent votes at the United Nations, though, Croatia has either voted for or abstained in some of the most significant votes involving Israel. In doing so, Croatia was one of the very few countries in the world to support Israel’s position. Moreover, Zagreb seems to be conducting a relatively pro-Israel foreign policy.
Consider the case of Denmark. In World War II, the Danes saved their Jews. In recent years, though, Denmark has been relatively insensitive to Israeli concerns in the United Nations.
Thus the dilemma for the Zionist soccer fan. Which is more important: a demonstrated history of virulent anti-Semitism or recent pro-Israel diplomatic activity? Or the reverse?
There is no easy answer to this question, other than to have rooted for Nigeria and Peru, respectively in today’s matches.
In other matches, the great hope for the Zionists–the Socceroos of Australia–came up short against Le Bleu of France. Maybe they shouldn’t have been playing on Shabbos. Oh well.
Iceland, the darlings on the football world, managed a historic tie against Argentina. We will have to discuss the merits of rooting for Iceland in future posts. As for Argentina, they had set themselves up to be the darlings of the Zionist world, only to blow it by cancelling their friendly in Israel.
Tomorrow, the results from Group E and F will be discussed. Analysis of the teams in these groups can be found here: