Back in July, Jeff Klein wrote about perennial expectations that some success on the part of Iraq's national soccer team would bring the country together. As he notes, it keeps not happening: Soccer doesn't stop civil wars. And now we read in an article headlined "Iraq says the worst is over in Baghdad" that "The newfound calm, which continues to be shattered by occasional car bombs and roadside blasts, did not come soon enough for four members of the Iraqi national soccer team who fled during a trip to Australia and requested asylum."

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