Theatre of the Absurd in Dubai


I like watching tennis and particularly enjoy watching Roger Federer and Andre Agassi play, as long as my tennis-fanatic friend is with me to explain the points and all the bad calls by judges.
But this match in Dubai makes my head spin. It’s certainly dramatic to play a game of tennis on a building’s top floor heliport in a small Middle East country. But how can this kind of exhibition game do anything but inflame the passions of Middle East “have-nots” against the arrogance and indifference of the “haves” throughout the region?
Isn’t this kind of theatre just a bit over the top given the convulsions going on in that part of the world?
Just struck me as intensely out of touch with the “hearts and minds” challenges we have in that region. But maybe I’m missing something.
— Steve Clemons