Posted by: r.m. | December 16, 2008

Muntadar al-Zeidi spoke for us

From the Institute of Public Accuracy today: Significance of Shoes Thrown

AP is reporting: “On a whirlwind trip shrouded in secrecy and marred by dissent, President George W. Bush on Sunday hailed progress in the wars that define his presidency and got a size-10 reminder of his
unpopularity when a man hurled two shoes at him during a news conference
in Iraq. ‘This is your farewell kiss, you dog!’ shouted the protester in
Arabic, later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for
Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt.
‘This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.'”

AS’AD ABUKHALIL, He said today: “The level of Arab media interest (especially in the Arab
blogosphere) is like nothing I have seen. It is being treated as a
vindication for the Arab peoples who opposed the war — the president
who arrogantly believed that his occupation troops would be greeted by
Iraqis with ‘sweets and flowers’ was himself greeted with shoes
“This is significant and indicates how Arab public opinion feels
about Bush. Al-Jazeera (Arabic) is reporting that up to 100 Arab lawyers
have volunteered to defend Zaydi. [The Lebanon-based newspaper] As-Safir
is reporting that he is a leftist, and not some Muslim fundamentalist as
some speculated. Before the media rush to draw associations between
shoes and Arab or Muslim cultures, we can assert that the fellow would
have preferred rotten eggs and tomatoes if they were as easy to sneak
through the tight security checks as … shoes.”
AbuKhalil is a professor in the department of politics at California
State University, Stanislaus. He edits the “Angry Arab News Service”

An Iraqi blogger and activist now living in Washington, D.C., Jarrar
said today: “Sources in Iraq are telling me Mr. Al-Zeidi was heavily
beaten, then he was put under arrest. His family does not know where he
is being detained. Mr. Al-Zeidi will join other tens of thousands of
Iraqi prisoners who have been detained for months or years with no
charges, no trial, and no access to lawyers. In the few hours following
his arrest, dozens of prominent Iraqi political and tribal leaders
called Al-Baghdadia TV station where Mr. Al-Zeidi works and expressed
their support and compassion. Al-Baghdadia has issued a statement asking
for the release of Mr. Al-Zeidi.
“I have started an online petition to ask for the immediate release
of Mr. Al-Zeidi. Journalists Without Boarders did issue a statement last
year condemning the kidnapping of the same Mr. Al-Zeidi. He was
apparently kidnapped for three days before being released.”



  1. yes sign, sign, sign. and let’s let the actions spread: including more shoes, stilettos perhaps, next time… 🙂

  2. Bush should be arrested in place of Muntazer al-Zaidi!
    The latter, a hero, acted in his legitimate right of resistance against an invasor and as self-defence against an ongoing aggression. Let’s grant him the said “freedom” US officials falsely marketed around. It’s the best form of expression Muntazer al-Zaidi could get.
    OTOH, the former, caused hundreds of thousands of deaths backed by lies and aiming power and money. Who’s the criminal here?
    I just feel sorry for the dogs, unhappily compared to this moving sewage called George War Butcher.
    Free Muntazer al-Zaidi!

  3. January 19.
    I imagine thousands of people gathering at the White House fence and throwing their shoes at the White House.
    Some carrying placards proclaiming solidarity with Muntazer al-Zeidi, demanding his release, etc.
    I fear that al Zeidi will be whacked in the middle of the night regardless of his legal standing. I wish that I had the courage to do as he did.


  4. Mr Mr Muntadar al-Zeidi Open new democratic act wich we will try to do

  5. to throow shoe to bush is not wounder it is just what bush deserve

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