August, 31st 2009

What Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi's football allegiances really teach us

– Liz Mair

From Alex Massie:

Roddy Forsyth deserves our congratulations for revealing this:

One of the unforeseen consequences of Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi's incarceration in Greenock Prison was that, by his own account, in whiling away the hours by watching live football on the now-defunct Setanta network he became a Rangers supporter.

No surprise that a man convicted of the worst terrorist atrocity in British history would forsake his local team - Morton - to support one of the Gruesome Twosome*. He and Rangers deserve one another.

I don't merely mention this to bash Rangers (though it's fun, and I could do it all day, and it's sure tempting to say "what a surprise, the convicted terrorist backs the Huns").  I mention this because after including this fun nugget:

Then again, I did like the contribution of a Rangers-minded friend:

Another telltale clue that he may have been innocent. I mean, a real terrorist would support Celtic.

Alex goes on makes an important point not about football or terrorists, but rather about Glaswegian culture:

In Glasgow, it always comes back to fitba in the end.

Indeed.  In Glasgow, football-- and football allegiances, dictated to some extent anyway by religious affiliation and/or ethnic heritage-- loom large in many aspects of life and society, something that I suspect Americans, and frankly, a lot of Scots find baffling.  But that's just how it is. [intro]



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