Michael Roberto thinks about the BP oil spill and talks about the characteristics of catastrophic failure in organizations.
If soccer (uh..football) was actually like this you couldn’t rip me away from the TV screen
At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims.
“Go home,” several shouted from the crowd.
“Get out,” others shouted.
In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called “The Way.” Both said they had come to protest the mosque.
“I’m a Christian,” Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.
(uh…for normal people – well, as much as normal people would be part of an angry mob – this would be a big OOOPS moment with shamed faces to spare. Not this group of winners, though…twshiloh)
But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.
“I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here,” a frustrated Nassralla said afterward.
(Because it’s not really about religion, is it? It’s about THEM. They’re coming to get you Barbara. What a bunch of douches. Of course, you could say that since the Egyptians were there to protest the very same thing they were just getting their karmic rewards…)
Here’s a poster for that IT geek in your life…