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Gallery: Laura's Trip to Middle East
By e-mail, angry bridge players have accused the women of "treason" and "sedition."For those who may not recall the Dixie Chicks dust-up, lead singer Natalie Maines faced similar charges from those who took offense to her London concert quip, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
"What we were trying to say, not to Americans but to our friends from other countries, was that we understand that they are questioning and critical of what our country is doing these days, and we want you to know that we, too, are critical."Specifically, the champion Americans were peppered with questions as to their government's use of enhanced interrogation techniques, as well as the Iraq war, in general. Ms. Greenberg sensed a distinct cooling in the way her international competitors regarded the U.S. team.
"There was a lot of anti-Bush feeling, questioning of our Iraq policy and about torture," Ms. Greenberg said. "I can't tell you it was an overwhelming amount, but there were several specific comments, and there wasn't the same warmth you usually feel at these events."Given the complex questions of the limitations of free speech when representing one's country at an international competition, this incident more closely mirrors the black power salute that U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos offered the world from the medal podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.
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