Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | December 16, 2008

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Arabs Hail Shoe-Hurling Journalist



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BAGHDAD (Dec. 15) – Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand the release (under the you’ve got to be kidding me files) of a reporter who threw his shoes (You know, I’m really tempted to say something like this guy was an idiot for throwing something so big, he should of went smaller and more compact, but that’s not right either) at President George W. Bush, as Arabs across many parts of the Middle East hailed the journalist as a hero and praised his insult as a proper send-off to the unpopular U.S. president (I guess dialogue is going to get us real far, be warned not (non) PEO).
The protests came as suicide bombers and gunmen targeted Iraqi police, U.S.-allied Sunni guards and civilians in a series of attacks Monday that killed at least 17 people and wounded more than a dozen others, officials said.

Journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who was kidnapped by militants (can we please just call them what they are, Islamic terrorists, I know it’s cool to be politcaly correct, but I just don’t do that) last year, was being held by Iraqi security Monday and interrogated about whether anybody paid him to throw his shoes (paid him? why? for that? If someone was going to pay him for THAT, (not that i’m condoning such behavior) but you’ve AT LEAST got to ht the target) at Bush during a press conference the previous day in Baghdad, said an Iraqi official.
He was also being tested for alcohol and drugs, and his shoes were being held as evidence, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media (awww. don’t want to get fired? keep your mouth shut then).
Showing the sole of your shoe to someone in the Arab world is a sign of extreme disrespect, and throwing your shoes is even worse (In which case, remind me to get some sandals).
Newspapers across the Arab world on Monday printed front-page photos of Bush ducking the flying shoes, and satellite TV stations repeatedly aired the incident, which provided fodder for jokes (I mean I know Bush can’t open a door, fall of a bike, and a bunch of other things, but the guy’s on his way out, leave him be, please) and was hailed by the president’s many critics in the region.
“Iraq considers Sunday as the international day for shoes,” said a joking text message circulating around the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Palestinian journalists in the West Bank town of Ramallah joked about who would be brave enough to toss their shoes at Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (not right once again, you see, I don’t like her either, but I don’t see the need to throw my shoes, i have a much more satisfying way of protesting, this politicaly incorrect blog), another U.S. official widely disliked in the region.
Many users of the popular Internet networking site Facebook posted the video of the incident to their profile pages, showing al-Zeidi leap from his chair as Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki were about to shake hands Sunday and hurl his shoes at the president, who was about 20 feet away. Bush ducked the airborne footwear and was not injured in the incident (good, I don’t want the President to be harmed).
“This is a farewell kiss, you dog (which means the Arabic was MUCH worse),” al-Zeidi yelled in Arabic as he threw his shoes. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq. (well, not really, it’s from you man, they’re dead)
Al-Zeidi was immediately wrestled to the ground by Iraqi security guards (as he should have been). The incident raised fears of a security lapse (this is what you get when you’re not looking pay attention, stop learning from the rent a cops and actually watch what’s going on) in the heavily guarded Green Zone where the press conference took place. Reporters were repeatedly searched and asked to show identification (so, did this guy have a pass or what?) before entering and while inside the compound, which houses al-Maliki’s office and the U.S. Embassy.

Al-Zeidi’s tirade was echoed by Arabs across the Middle East who are fed up with U.S. policy (Stop bitching, had you actually stood up to the regime, we wouldn’t be in this situation, now would we?..waaa, waaa, waaa, get over it people. But as everyone knows in Islam, the government and the religion are one in the same) in the region and still angry over Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein.
The response to the incident by Arabs in the street was ecstatic (talk about being below one’s own dignity).

“Al-Zeidi is the man,” said 42-year-old Jordanian businessman Samer Tabalat. “He did what Arab leaders failed to do (Utter crap, I’m sorry you don’t go around cheering violence to other people even if you don’t like them).”
Hoping to capitalize on this sentiment, al-Zeidi’s TV station, Al-Baghdadia, repeatedly aired pleas to release the reporter Monday, while showing footage of explosions and playing background music that denounced the U.S. in Iraq (since playing explosions and background music is REALLY going ot help you get the guy released, for that stupidity tv’s ought to be blocked).
“We have all been mobilized to work on releasing him, and all the organizations around the world are with us (of course, you know, terrorist groups, those ones),” said Abdel-Hameed al-Sayeh, the manager of Al-Baghdadia in Cairo, where the station is based.
Al-Jazeera television interviewed Saddam’s former chief lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi, who offered to defend al-Zeidi, calling him a “hero. (A hero doesn’t do stupid crap like this)
In Baghdad’s Shiite slum of Sadr City, thousands of supporters of (not) radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burned American flags (And PEO wants to Dialogue, LOL, do I even need to say more?) to protest against Bush and called for the release of al-Zeidi.
“Bush, Bush, listen well: Two shoes on your head,” the protesters chanted in unison.

In Najaf, a Shiite (not) holy city, some protesters threw their shoes at an American patrol as it passed by (Like they’ve got nothing better to do?). Witnesses said the American troops did not respond and continued on their patrol (good for the American troops, way to excersie virtue, I don’t know if I would of done the same thing)
Al-Zeidi, who is in his late 20s, was kidnapped by Shiite militias on Nov. 16, 2007, and released three days later. His station said no ransom was paid and refused to discuss the case.
Violence in Iraq has declined significantly over the past year (the surge worked, we get it), but daily attacks continue. A truck bomb killed at least nine police officers Monday and wounded 13 others, including two civilians, in Khan Dhari, west of Baghdad, said Dr. Omar al-Rawi at the Fallujah hospital, where the dead and wounded were taken.
Hours earlier, a female (that’s just depressing) suicide bomber knocked on the front door of the home of the leader of a local chapter of the Sunni volunteer militia north of Baghdad and blew herself up, killing him, said an Iraqi police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
Also Monday, gunmen killed seven people from a single family, members of the minority Yazidi sect, when they stormed into their home in northern Iraq, police said.

It’s okay to not like a person, but to put that persons’ life at risk is just flat out evil and wrong. There are much more intellegent ways to protest. Start a blog, refuse aid, but don’t sit there and do stupid crap like this..


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