12.14.2008

bush gets the boot in iraq, but the u.s. isn't going anywhere

Muntazer al-Zaidi, a reporter for the independent al-Baghdadiya television station, threw both of his shoes at Bush on Sunday, shouting in Arabic:

"This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog. ... This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."


In November 2007, al-Zaidi was kidnapped, tortured, and released. He never learned the identity of his captors.

Zaidi covered the US bombing of Baghdad's Sadr City area earlier this year and friends said he had been "emotionally influenced" by the destruction.

While this gives us all a laugh and a cheer, it is, sadly, far from a farewell kiss.

CBC:
Despite a summer deadline to pull American combat troops from Iraqi cities, thousands will remain to support and train Iraqi forces, the top U.S. commander in Iraq confirmed on Saturday. . . .

[Iraqi government spokesman] Ali al-Dabbagh, on a visit to Washington, said Iraqi security forces might need 10 years to get ready to take over from U.S. troops.

Thanks to Redsock for the research.

27 comments:

West End Bob said...

Great video, L-girl! I love the way it keeps looping, too - perfect!! Think I'll watch it each night before I go to bed - it's so soothing, don't you think ? ? ? ?

On another note, congrats on the CBA trophy! Good job!

L-girl said...

I love the way it keeps looping, too - perfect!!

Redsock is big on gifs. :)

On another note, congrats on the CBA trophy! Good job!

Thank you! And congrats to The Galloping Beaver, too!

Larry Gambone said...

Lovely! Too bad it was only shoes though!

James said...

Too bad Bush was a little too fast. I would have been great to see the heel walking around with a big heel print on his forehead.

James said...

Those Mysterious Easterners, So Different From You and Me

L-girl said...

Re link: ARGH!!! Morans. Thanks for posting.

Too bad Bush was a little too fast. I would have been great to see the heel walking around with a big heel print on his forehead.

For that, I'd even turn on CNN!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I could watch that video all day long and never get bored with it.

David Cho said...

His years of hunting with Dick Cheney have finally paid off. He really knows how to duck.

redsock said...

Tonight's news stories:

BREAKING: IRAQI TV claims shoe-throwing reporter being tortured at US-run prison
"The TV Channel announced that Al-Zaidi is in a difficult condition, with broken ribs and signs of tortures on his thighs. Also he can not move his right arm."

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"Iraqi TV al-Sharqiya just reported on the news that AL-Zaidi is transferred to Camp Cropper prison." (wiki: Camp Cropper)

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NY Times: "Witnesses said that Mr. Zaidi had been severely beaten by security officers on Sunday after being tackled at the press conference and dragged out. One of his brothers, Maythem al-Zaidi, said Monday that the family had not heard from Mr. Zaidi since his arrest, and that a security officer who picked up Mr. Zaidi’s cellphone at midnight on Sunday had threatened the family."

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James said...

Send your old shoes to Dubya's Liberry

L-girl said...

Excellent. Related: Give Harper The Boot Facebook group, courtesy of wmtc commenter David Heap.

James said...

This morning, the Rude Pundit decided to honor the efforts of Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi shoe-tosser, by taking out a raggedy old pair of sneakers, putting them in a Priority Mail shipping box, helpfully provided by the United States Post Office, and shipping them to President George W. Bush at the White House. He included a note that read, "This is a farewell kiss from the American people, you dog."

Mail Bush a shoe

ErinOrtlund said...

Whoa--I'd heard about this but hadn't seen a video. I can understand why that man was so angry.

redsock said...

Reuters reports that Muntazer al-Zaidi appeared before a judge today and admitted "aggression against a president".

Zaidi may be tried "under a clause in the Iraqi penal code that makes it an offence to try to murder Iraqi or foreign presidents". The sentence for such a crime could be up to 15 years jail.

L-girl said...

Update on El-Zaidi

James said...

It's depressing how many people are going on about how the Iraqis are "ingrates" for not praising the US for giving them new water treatment plants &c.

To those people: Next time someone shows up at your house, guns down your family and hands you a Brita filter, see how grateful you feel.

L-girl said...

You can sign a petition on behalf of Al-Zaidi here.

L-girl said...

It's depressing how many people are going on about how the Iraqis are "ingrates" for not praising the US for giving them new water treatment plants &c.

I'm grateful I avoid places where I might see that. I don't think my blood pressure could take it.

To those people: Next time someone shows up at your house, guns down your family and hands you a Brita filter, see how grateful you feel.

That's well said! You might want to put it in comments in the petition.

JHMB said...

Two wrongs don't make a right, otherwise I would love to sign the petition to free Al-Zaidi. Hopefully, both men's transgressions are tried in front of an impartial judge and jury. One for war crimes, the other for assault with a rubbery weapon.

deang said...

I'm grateful I avoid places where I might see that. I don't think my blood pressure could take it.

I'm envious. I've had the misfortune of seeing tons of "two wrongs don't make a right" comments about Zaidi from USians and it's making me sick. No doubt the kind of people who say such things believe that to have actually forced the unelected mass murderer GW Bush out of office would be "inappropriate" or "stooping to their level." No wonder the US is in such bad shape.

By the way, there are reports that Zaidi has been tortured so badly that he has several broken ribs, severe internal bleeding, and a paralyzed right arm. And he's being flown to a US air base for more.

I signed the petition, but it feels like so little.

L-girl said...

Two wrongs don't make a right, otherwise I would love to sign the petition to free Al-Zaidi.

When I first read this, I assumed it was a joke. But since reading James' and Dean's comments, I'm not so sure.

So a note for the future. If you think invasion and mass murder for profit is the moral equivalent of throwing an object at one person, your views are not welcome here.

This is not directed at JHMB specifically - it's to everyone, in general.

L-girl said...

By the way, there are reports that Zaidi has been tortured so badly that he has several broken ribs, severe internal bleeding, and a paralyzed right arm. And he's being flown to a US air base for more.

I think Allan posted some links to those stories, but if you have more, please feel free to post links here.

I signed the petition, but it feels like so little.

I know. And it is. But, you know, like Gandhi said. It's all insignificant, but we have to do it anyway.

James said...

When I first read this, I assumed it was a joke. But since reading James' and Dean's comments, I'm not so sure.

So did I, in the first post I saw it in. But the rest of the post was a condemnation of liberals for supporting such an obviously unbalanced person as al-Zaidi.

JHMB said...

I think I was a little(lot) crass in my first post, so a couple of things to help clarify and not come across as a bush apologist.

1. I am not from the moral school of Iggy, and therefore I do not condone the use of tortune for the means to ANY ends. And for that reason, al-Zaidi needs to be released from whichever secret prison he is currently being held.

BUT,

2. as awesome as I thought it was to see a journalist throwing his footwear at forty-three, I still think there are better ways to show your disregard for somebody. If I was to throw my loafers at our PM, because I despise him, I would expect to see a youtube clip of me doing so. I would also expect to be charged, tried and sentenced to some jail time for my actions.

Regrets for my folly.

impudent strumpet said...

If it weren't a joke, they wouldn't have used the word "rubbery".

L-girl said...

as awesome as I thought it was to see a journalist throwing his footwear at forty-three, I still think there are better ways to show your disregard for somebody.

There might be better ways, but this is how one person expressed his extreme anger and disgust. No real harm done.

If I was to throw my loafers at our PM, because I despise him, I would expect to see a youtube clip of me doing so. I would also expect to be charged, tried and sentenced to some jail time for my actions.

But that's *your* PM. Al-Zaidi is not a USian. Bush is the Commander in Chief of the invading and occupying forces. I think a grenade would have been more appropriate than shoes.

Thanks for clarifying, I appreciate it.

If it weren't a joke, they wouldn't have used the word "rubbery".

I thought about that, then decided it was an attempt to inject some humour on a serious thought. I think, based on what JHMB said above, that was a correct reading.

Cornelia said...

I just signed up to the petition and wrote this comment:

It is very important that Mr. Zaidi be released and that he be given legal representation and due process in accordance with human rights and constitutional state and that it be ensured that he be not subjected to detainee abuse of any kind whatsoever. And anyway, it's well worth keeping in mind that while the way he protested was kind of an attack, it was not really so serious or grievous and it didn't constitute any real danger.