Bush Dodges Shoes in Iraq
While on a surprise visit to Iraq, President Bush was at a news conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki when an Iraqi television reporter, Muntadar al-Zaidi, hurled his shoe at the president’s head from a few meters away.
“This is a gift from the Iraqis. This is the farewell kiss, you dog!” the journalist yelled. He had time to hurl his other shoe as well, before he was wrestled to the ground and dragged from the room.
Bush’s quick reflexes saved him from getting smacked in the head, because he ducked to one side as the shoes sailed past.
The idea of shoes being an Arab insult has been a running joke for the Angry Arab for some time. Predictably, U.S. media explaining the event said that “in Arab culture, the sole of the shoe is considered an insult” or “in Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt.”
Bush himself called the incident “one way to gain attention…like going to a political rally and having people yell at you.” As a sign of democracy in action, “it’s an important step on the road to an Iraq that can sustain itself, govern itself and defend itself.”
Here’s a video of the historic event. I’m so glad this happened!
- This brave journalist has acted on behalf of billions of people worldwide.
- It is regrettable that American journalists did not symbolically throw their shoes at Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Powell when they were lying through their teeth to bring on this illegal, unjust and murderous war.
- It’s nice to read that a pair of shoes have united the people of Iraq.
- George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld don’t merit thrown shoes … they merit imprisonment for life.
- Those thrown shoes were but a symbol, but I bet it’s a symbol that will live for some time to come.