Apparently Iraq has just been kicked out of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Beijing because of 'government interference in sports.' This means that the Iraq soccer team, the reigning Asian Football Confederation champions, will not be able to compete. Are you kidding me? Clearly the IOC is ignoring the constant intervention of the US INTERVENTION in Iraqi sports eg the murderous occupation. Why isn't the US being banned for the same reason? Can anyone say the Mitchell Report, aka an evisceration of due process and blacklisting of many athletes by Congress (not to mention a smoke screen for their continued funding of the failing occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan)? I can't wait to hear what Dave Zirin has to say about this at Edge of Sports if he can get a few minutes rest from being spied on by the government.