Unsurprisingly, the totalitarian Arab kingdom does not suffer from any excessive red tape regarding work safety, and foreign workers have died in droves when building stadiums and infrastructure not only from accidents, but also from overworking at temperatures of up to 120°F. Qatar has 300,000 citizens and about ten foreign workers for everyone, the workers without any rights are mostly from Far East.
The gross domestic product per capita of Qatar is the highest in the world. The Qatar ruler, known as the Emir, invests the surpluses in his hobbies, which include maintaining the Al Jazeera television station, supporting his favorite organizations such as the Taliban and Hamas, as well as organizing international sporting events.
After the king had "negotiated" with the football federation FIFA to host the championship, he spent hundreds of billions for the construction of eight stadiums connected by metro. Hotel rooms in the capital Doha, about 30,000, could not accommodate the 800,000 fans from abroad, so improvised accommodation facilities were created further away.
The accommodation facilities look like military camps made up of rows of miniature cubicles. Each cube looks like a shipping container, having a shower, two small beds and a table that can fit one bowl, the inefficient air conditioner merely making noise. Fans paid $200 a night and, despite modest expectations, they were completely shocked by the unpreparedness and wretchedness of the accommodations (here). However, at the beginning of the championship, all the negative news disappeared from all the media as if by magic.
No one cares where hundreds of thousands of fans go after the matches. Strangely, none of the hundreds of reporters thought of going outside the center of that – Potemkin – city after the matches. It turns out that whoever wanted to broadcast from Qatar had to promise not to show anything outside agreed locations (here). To associate sudden deaths of journalists during the championship with exceeding the permitted limits would be hypothesizing, and besides nobody cares (here).
If we talk about journalists, Shireen Abu Akleh who worked for Qatar's Al Jazeera television comes to mind. Everyone in the world is interested in her death. In May of this year, she decided to report on a shootout between terrorists and Israeli soldiers. As she placed herself between the two shooting parties, even the PRESS sign did not help her, and she was shot in the head before she could produce the planned anti-Israel report.
In the last year alone, dozens of journalists have been murdered in Muslim countries (not to mention Russia and communist countries), but the main concern of the UN and most of the world's media is to punish Israel for the death of Akleh. The championship in Qatar highlights the hypocrisy of the world. Qatar, which pays Palestinian terrorists, instructed Hamas not to attack Israel during the championship, so as not to spoil the sporting atmosphere (here).
The desired nice atmosphere of the championship must not be spoiled either by the facts about the bribery of FIFA, or by the mass death of foreign workers during the preparation of the championship, but not even by the facts about the wretched accommodation of hundreds of thousands of fans who were cheated while journalists from their countries promised to ignore it. Nobody will any more care for the Iranian football players who did not sing their national anthem in protest to their government.
Qatar maintains friendly ties with Iran, and it has been supporting extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, and Hamas. Long forgotten is the fact that ten Moslem countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, launched in 2017 a diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar due to its terrorist connections. Neither the terrorist connections nor human rights violations have prevented the French president Macron from arriving in Qatar for the final matches on December 14.
It is not only about providing games for the people in Europe but also bread, because Qatar is an important producer of gas. And so, for entertaining sport broadcasts and for liquefied gas, the European media and politicians have so far been silent or have sung about the World Cup as the Qatari emir has wished. Unfortunately for Qatar, the Qatargate affair has erupted – just during the championship.
Qatargate is a fresh scandal in which European politicians and their families are accused of corruption, money laundering and organized crime for the sake of Qatar, whose representatives paid large sums to Members of the European Parliament (MEP) to influence European decision-making. Eva Kaili, European Parliament Vice President, arrested on December 9, defended Qatar’s human rights record last month in the parliament, funnily hailing the country as “a frontrunner in labor rights”.
Also detained has been the former MEP Antonio Panzeri, founder and president of a Brussels-based NGO, which funnily “fights against impunity for serious violations of human rights”. Several former leading EU officials, including Federica Mogherini, known as a friend of the terrorist Yasser Arafat, have hastily quit as board members of the Panzeri’s NGO. Also accused is Niccolo Figa-Talamanca, funnily secretary-general of a human rights campaign group (here).
The confused and corrupt Europe is not able and willing to challenge the Arab barbarism – either outside or inside its borders.