I wonder if the Iraqi journalist who threw not one, but both shoes at George Bush had been practising. After all both shoes would’ve hit Bush if he hadn’t ducked. From 12 feet away, that’s a pretty good shot. Bush’s ducking reflex was pretty quick too. If I didn’t know better I’d say he was like one of those old vaudeville performers who knew when the rotten eggs were coming in his performance.
The N.Y. Times reports that his comments in Arabic were rather piquant:
“This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” He then threw a shoe at Mr. Bush, who ducked and narrowly avoided it.
As stunned security agents and guards, officials and journalists watched, Mr. Zaidi then threw his other shoe, shouting in Arabic, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”
I wonder if we can have a mini-competition in the comment thread about what you would’ve thrown at Bush if you’d had the chance. I’ll start with a few suggestions:
1. the book
2. cream pie
3. the baby AND the bath water (sorry for mixing my metaphors)
4. rotten eggs
5. rotten tomatoes
Your suggestions please.
Ever the joker, Bush claimed that the surge was ““one of the greatest successes in the history of the United States military.” Bigger than the Battle of the Bulge or Midway? Bigger than Gettysburg? Bigger than D-Day? Imagine what serious military historians are saying about this. Either Bush has no idea of U.S. military history or he’s a jackass or a two-bit self-serving hack politician. Take your pick.
The N.Y. Times indicates that the Iraqi journalist was roughed up pretty badly after the fact and is still in custody.
What if the reporter would have thrown a bottle of whiskey or beer? Bush as an former (and probably present) expert on this bottle “field” would have not taken that as an insult.
It is interesting to see how in future Bush’s security arranges these press situations. Will Bush speak and answer questions standing in a glass box or will the reporters have to sit in their underwear? Surely also in USA numerous people would like to “donate” Bush a shoe or cream cake.
In Arabic culture, there is no greater insult than to hit someone with a shoe.
Was it me, or did the chimp look a little proud of himself as he popped back up after each of his successful ducks?
I am surprised that while you often condemn acts of civil disobedience or even speech you don’t like on part of those you disagree with and demand legal action, when the shoe is on the other foot (pardon the pun) all you can do is gloat instead of mourning the breakdown of civil discourse lack of respect for the law of the land and simple politeness etc.
Case in point your recent post condemning the article in Maariv :
How can you justify the Iraqi journalist assaulting Bush and condemn the article in Maariv at the same time while claiming to stand for equal justice for all?
Richard Silverstein says
@Ariel: I have no idea what connection you’re attempting to draw bet. these events. A journalist throwing a shoe at a U.S. president is nowhere near the gravity of an entire movement seeking to overthrow the secular, democratic state of Israel and replace it with a Jewish ayatollah led halachic kingdom. The journalist didn’t shoot anyone as settlers have done to unarmed Palestinian civilians. He didn’t attempt to burn down the White House as settlers did to a Palestinian family. I could go on.
Every word you speak is pure hypocrasy. Get a life. And please don’t answer my post. You should move to Pakistan and preach your idiotic, disturbing, convoluted values.
Richard Silverstein says
Thanks for giving us the benefit of your learned & wise counsel. But I’m curious why you would confuse my blog & act as if it’s your own & tell me whether I should answer you or not. Last I checked that was my prerogative.
And thanks again for putting your hateful thoughts in writing so other more reasonable Jews (& non-Jews) can read them here & know what I’m up against.
If I’m “disturbing” because I object to the settler movement & Jewish violence then I’m prepared to be your worst nightmare on that score.
BTW, looks like I touched a raw nerve. Can’t say that I’m sorry.
“Proving the old adage in baseball that the rich just get richer, The New York Yankees today announced yet another free-agent signing, giving a multi-year pact to the Iraqi shoe thrower, Muntadar al-Zaidi, who had a personal tryout with President Bush in Baghdad just yesterday.”
more shoe humor: http://satiricalpolitical.com/
I gotta tell you tho, I’m not laughing at the idea of what this principled journalist is going thru.
There have been calls that Bush should asks for his release.
Odds on this, anyone?
ellen is right about what this man is experiencing. He is still imprisoned. Here is a link to a petition on his behalf:
What to throw at Bush? An indictment for crimes against humanity, with a trial at the Hague to begin as soon as he steps down from office.
It is very ironic that tMuntadhar al-Zeidi threw shoes at Bush and now can face up to 2 years in prison for insulting Bush
( Iraqi shoe-hurler could face 2 years in jail http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28252437/ )
while he would not dare to throw his shoes at Sadam who was overthrown due to Bush as he would probably be shot ( see HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNDER SADDAM
HUSSEIN: VICTIMS SPEAK OUT :
Richard Silverstein says
@ellen: Thanks for giving me a good laugh. al Zaidi actually might be a lot more cost effective investment than some of the other lunkheads into which the Yankees have sunk so much lucre.
Reports today are that al Zaida is hospitalized with broken ribs and internal bleeding due to the beatings he suffered.
Also that he is supposed to have a “trial”.
It will be interesting to see if he is allowed to be seen in public with his injuries.
jim s says
Sorry to say this, but at least some other sources say that the shoe-thrower was Egyptian, not Iraqi, and that he has ties with the insurgency.
Here is the wikipedia entry :
It has 36 references…