Bosnia-Herzegovina Soccer Fans Refuse To Observe Moment Of Silence For Paris Victims
Ireland qualified for the European Championship finals tonight, only their third trip since 1988, and the nation is celebrating soberly and with charming restraint right now. Just kidding -- I heard a man on a horse was pulled over for weaving in the street, and both failed the breathalyzer test.
But the 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina was sullied somewhat when before the match, some Bosnia fans refused to observe a moment of silence for victims of the Paris terror attacks.
They're shouting "Palestina!", which is in reference to Palestine. Bosnia and France have a complicated reationship -- the Bosnian war ended more than 20 years ago, but to many the wounds are still fresh. France played a large role in the war -- an ethnic conflict that began in 1991 and ended in 1995 when coalition forces in Europe began bombing missions that forced the two sides to end the conflict.
So how long does a moment of silence last? Can't people just shut the hell up for 30 seconds? Believe me, your prejudices, intolerance and need for violence will still be there when the half-a-minute is up.
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