Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Shoes

Guest Post by Mustafa

Two days ago, a new Arab folk hero was born.  A 29 year ols Iraqi TV reporter named  Muntander al-Zaidi, during a press conference, threw his shoes at George W. Bush and called the President a "dog."   "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" he shouted in Arabic. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
 
That act of defiance earned nearly universal praise from all parts of the Middle East except Israel !!    His act was but a reflection of the hate and contempt that nearly all Iraqis (except Kurds) feel for Bush.
 
While I myself had a good laugh yesterday when I heard about it, and felt absolutely no sympathy for the man who has brought so much loss and devastation to a country that bore USA no harm; today I had an epiphany.  How many necks would have rolled, literally, if someone had attempted this under Saddam Hussein. 
 
Clearly, Iraq is today a freer country.
 
By the way, I am impressed with how Bush reacted to the whole incident.  He showed no sign of being flustered or distressed.  He reacted with his usual sense of good humor calling the missile a "size ten shoe".

11 comments:

The Luscious one! said...

@Mustafa - Point taken about the freedom of expression.

Btw, anyone knows what the guy said to Bush in Arabic?

Da Eternal Rebel said...

I wish that shoe was mine. An apt good bye kiss to the Dracula who sucked the blood out of one of an innocent nation.

Mustafa said...

I believe my post mentions what he said to Bush in Arabic

The Luscious one! said...

@mustafa - You are absolutely right. I think i read better in the mornings, while i write probably better at night.

Steve said...

Bush is very good at dodging. He did after all dodge entirely the draft during the Vietnam War.

Karmasura said...

Well.. perhaps we could look at it differently.

The person in question was a TV Reporter. Violence is not the trade of a reporter. Perhaps he could've harassed Bush differently, by asking a tough question or whatever..

If it were one of the Islamic Ghazis so so willing to get his 72 virgins, the kind of man your nations so feverishly produce instead of scientists and engineers, I might not have minded.

Just thinking that a reporter should have responded differently.

The Luscious one! said...

@steve - The look on the face of Bush during the entire episode was hilarious. Btw, he could have thrown anything. The secret service was pretty slow to react.

@da Eternal rebel - I favored the Afghan war but the Iraqi invasion will go down in history as a criminal endeavor and something that will haunt America for years to come.

Da Eternal Rebel said...

"the Iraqi invasion will go down in history as a criminal endeavor"


I cannot agree more ... but it won't haunt America, they are used to invading innocent nations: read Vietnam ... Its the poor Iraqis who will continue to suffer

Mustafa said...

Karmasura has gotten me thinking. Men are tempted to blow themselves up with the vision of 72 virgins with 36C breasts. I wonder what is there for the female suicide bomber. Somehow the vision of 72 horny men with oversized "equipment" is not very appealing. But then I am a heterosexual man !!

Luscious: Any thoughts?

Merchant of Emotions.. "I don't sell, I barter" said...

@Karmasura - Welllll.... Did some one ever enter in your house and told you that your father is not a very nice person so let me kill your father and and take over your house, and teach you how to live your life ? have you ever lost a your family in a bomb blast? have you picked pieces of your daughter blasted by invaders ? have you seen your house burning after a bomb blast caused by the military ? have you ever stayed hungry because the military took over all the food ? Have you seen half bodies of human beings laying beside the road ? you seen your neighbor lady who you called sister being raped by a military officer ? and you were not able to do anything......... I can go on and on and on.
So if you have not been through all this you cannot understand the feeling of that Journalist. It takes more then two balls to throw shoe at the president of United States. And if that reporter had more then two balls I am sure he can handle 72 virgins.

The Luscious one! said...

@merchant of Emotions - WELL SAID!!