Sunday, July 7, 2013

I Wonder - Did The Crowd Roar With Applause... Brazilian soccer referee Otávio Jordan da Silva de Catanhede was: rushed by assailants, tied up, stoned to death (one hopes he was dead before what comes next), quartered (major limbs cut off), beheaded - all on the soccer field. I also wonder, did anyone continue to cheer when his head was paraded around the field and staked at midfield. Somehow, I can not imagine it otherwise than at least some of the crowd cheering on they who were committing this brutal murder as such seems to be the state of the liberalized world today. People nowadays have little regard for human life and even less for respect of the law.

Now, there is  good chance he deserved to die since he reportedly had just killed a soccer player, Linda dos Santos Abreu, by stabbing him to death. (I'm not saying he should have been killed but that maybe he deserved to be killed.) It seems that Jordan and Santos got into an argument over a call made by the referee. During the argument, Jordan reportedly pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed Santos who died while being taken to a hospital. Enraged family and friends of the player reportedly stormed the field and carried out swift but grisly revenge on the referee. Why law enforcement had not already arrested Jordan is unclear but it could well have been a rapid spontaneous reaction to the stabbing and he could well have been killed before he family even knew that Santos had died of his wounds. Still though, if this was a sanctioned match with police presence, shouldn't the police have done something to try to stop it - all that was done to him must have taken at least several minutes. Of course, that is supposing they were at the game which may not have been the case. Yet, for the assailants to carry out the killing in the gruesome way they reportedly did so is only an indication that we live in sick times, very sick times at that.


My advice, never attend a soccer game - not anywhere, not in Brazil where this happened, not in Germany, Nigeria, India, England and not here in the USA - not anywhere. Madness and bloody violence are all too frequently something that happens before, during and after soccer matches. Of course, if you can attend one while armed, so you could be able to defend yourself, you might consider going but that would probably be illegal, at least, where I live, they don't let us carry machine guns here. Anyway, I do no think I would chance it.

All the best,
Glenn B

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