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It is a 10 size It is a 10 size
by Tahir Khan
2008-12-19 09:40:55
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The Iraqi journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, 28, a correspondent for Al Baghdadia, stood up in front of Bush during a news conference in Iraq and shouted, "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!" Zaidi then threw his other shoe, shouted, "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!" Both shoes missed Bush narrowly and in reaction Bush replied by making a joke, "All I can report is it is a size 10!"

screenhunter_01_dec._17_23.06Both shoes represent an outburst of pain and anger faced by an Iraqi over the last 20 years by economic sanctions and war imposed on them without their will in fanciful names like Operation Desert Storm, Collateral Damage or Operation Endeavor Freedom.

These shoes for US policy makers who accept now we did wrong with Iraq, and claim unfortunately we did not find any weapon of mass destruction in Iraq. And for those who support US action. This is clearly visible US policies left Iraq in chaos of sectarianism and civil war. But they continuously deny and want others to bear the responsibility for his blunders.

This is not the issue how much injury suffered by journalist in the form of broken bones or bleeding caused by security guards or how much imprisonment he will get. This is also not an issue whether Zaidi did wrong or right, or there is any other way to express anger he can adopt. He is either stupid or a hero.

The public support of journalist shows how people disagree with the US occupation and they do not accept US presence and how long they will suffer is still unanswered. Now people realize US policies against Iraq are completely wrong and biased. But US policy makers continuously force the Iraqis to accept US occupation, Iraq division and puppet regimes.

The US cannot justify their actions under the pretext of Saddam's regime or war against terrorism. If they really support democracy they have to leave Iraq and accept the people's mandate.

The US has to accept what they have done with Iraq and the death of innocent people, destroyed an infrastructure and created anarchy.  The real issue is what US policy makers are doing and we also praise the eye sight of Bush who can guess the number of flying shoes.

    
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Emanuel Paparella2008-12-19 14:56:42
One query: what would have happened to the journalist throwing shoes if he had thown his shoes at Saddam Hussein? Would he have dared? If he did then indeed he would have been either a hero or an idiot, for chances that Saddam would have shot him like a dog right there and there, as he had already done previously. I am afraid that the elimination of war from the face of the earth requires a bit more than throwing shoes in frustration.


Tahir2008-12-19 15:35:38
please do not go in to hypothetical things what he will or what saddim can did again i have been mentioned please think how much iraqi is suferring in past by saddam and now by usa.


Sand2008-12-19 17:33:18
What is this fixation of yours, Paparella for shooting dogs? I am rather fond of dogs.


AP2008-12-20 03:36:52
No wait... is that someone condemning the poor man because he threw his shoes at Bush and "stimulated war like that"? I don't know if I should laugh or cry... He should actually have thrown elephant shit or a cloud of mosquitos! Mr. P., many bold Iraqis died at the hands of Saddam (and we should show some respect for those...), they didn't need a Bush Jr. idiot to come and "invent" even their braveness now!!


AP2008-12-20 03:43:46
It truly is a perverted world(?), the one where dignity signs are seen as obstacles to the elimination of war.


AP2008-12-20 03:48:42
This man has a broken arm, broken ribs and will maybe be sentenced to several years in jail. At the same time, I wonder if Bush and his oil-and-gun-worshipper flunkeys will ever even go to court!


AP2008-12-20 03:54:01
...Strange (and severely unbalanced) moral criterion indeed!!!


Emanuel Paparella2008-12-20 05:15:45
The point was rather simple and yet it was somehow missed. One wonders. Was it understood only too well? The point was that the freedom to throw shoes to protest what one perceives as an injustice is preferable to the pseudo-respect shown to dictators who would never tolerate such an action. No shoes were ever thrown at Saddam Hussein. However, as Gandhi has well taught us, protest has to be balanced with respect for the truth and the rule of law, which means that in fighting injustice one ought to be ready to freely assume the consequences of breaking a law one deems unfair. That is what non-violent resistance, often confused with passivity, is all about. It has proven more efficacious than throwing shoes, or stones, or bombs for that matter; and it certainly takes more courage.


Tahir2008-12-20 06:23:13
The issue is Gandhi is not bench mark for nonvilance in arabs thorwing shoes is considerd the insult that the person did.


AP2008-12-20 18:32:37
The freedom to throw shoes is inside each individual, it has no relation to the type of regime he lives under, and has no relation with being prone to throw bombs or missiles (if that was the case, Bush would never have his own shoes on... and Ghandi would have never been barefoot). Want something more naïve and harmless, helpless and dignified than throwing shoes at a mass murderer who is responsible for the killing of your friends and family, and the devastation of your entire country?


AP2008-12-20 18:34:42
errata: Gandhi


Daniel2009-01-06 20:48:26
I read only ignorance here.


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