Iraqi mass support for Bush shoe thrower

This video from Britain says about itself:

15 June 2018

A demonstration in Trafalgar Square because George Bush is in London. They were protesting about the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo.

From the BBC:

Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker

Bush shoe-ing worst Arab insult

Thousands of Iraqis have demanded the release of a local TV reporter who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush at a Baghdad news conference.

Crowds gathered in Baghdad’s Sadr City district, calling for “hero” Muntadar al-Zaidi to be freed from custody.

Officials at the Iraqi-owned TV station, al-Baghdadiya, called for the release of their journalist, saying he was exercising freedom of expression. …

The Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya TV channel said Mr Zaidi should be freed because he had been exercising freedom of expression – something which the Americans had promised to Iraqis on the ousting of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

“Any measures against Muntadar will be considered the acts of a dictatorial regime,” the firm said in a statement.

The programming director for al-Baghdadiya, Muzhir al-Khafaji, described the journalist as a “proud Arab and an open-minded man”.

He said he was afraid for Mr Zaidi’s safety, adding that the reporter had been arrested by US officials twice before.

“We fear that our correspondents in Iraq will be arrested. We have 200 correspondents there,” he added. …

‘Proud Arab’

Mr Zaidi leapt from his chair at Sunday’s news conference and hurled first one shoe and then the other at Mr Bush, who was joined at the podium by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

The shoes missed as Mr Bush ducked, and Mr Zaidi was immediately wrestled to the ground by security guards and frogmarched from the room.

“This is a farewell kiss, you dog,” he yelled in Arabic as he threw his shoes. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”

Arabic TV stations have been repeatedly showing footage of the incident, which was also front-page news in many papers.

Correspondents say the journalist’s tirade was echoed by Arabs across the Middle East who are fed up with US policy in the region.

It is a pity there was no Iraqi woman journalist with Manolo Blahniks at Bush´s news conference. Extremely implausible, as women´s rights have become much worse in Iraq after Bush invaded in 2003. And that most women cannot afford non cholera drinking water and/or electricity, let alone Manolo Blahniks.

Arab world hails shoe attack as Bush’s farewell gift: here.


Bush Shoe Throwing: Responses From Around The Web (VIDEO): here.

After years of the Bush administration’s attempts to control the images of the Iraq war, an Iraqi journalist turned the tables Sunday through an act of protest that drew broad popular support throughout the Arab world: here.

The BBC report continues:

“He [George Bush] deserves to be hit with 100, not just one or two shoes. Who wants him to come here?” said a man in Baghdad. …

Courts criticised

Also on Monday, Human Rights Watch accused Iraq’s main criminal court of failing to meet basic international standards of justice.

The New York-based group said torture and abuse of prisoners before trial appeared common, and legal representation was often ineffectual.

Human Rights Watch said some of the court’s failings showed disturbing similarities to those that existed during the Saddam Hussein era.

The group called on Iraq to take immediate steps to protect detainees from torture, and ensure they had access to proper defence and received a prompt hearing.


10 thoughts on “Iraqi mass support for Bush shoe thrower

  1. December 14, 2008

    The petition

    The 50,000 Signatures Campaign for Zaidi

    The campaign will proceed in demand of the release of the Iraqi Journalist, Muntather Al-Zaydi who hurled a pair of shoes at George Bush on 12/14/2008 in Baghdad in reaction to Bush’s immoral invasion of Iraq and the war-crimes committed by the occupying forces with the aid of local warlords.

    We hereby sign below to demand the immediate release of the Journalist Montadhar Al-Zaydi, without any constraints or conditions. We also hold Al-Maliki’s government and the Bush administration accountable and responsible for his life, dignity, and well-being.

    Sign the petition:


  2. Iraqi Journalist Hurls Shoes at Bush and Denounces Him on TV as a ‘Dog’
    “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”

    “Shoe” Journalist Beaten and Abducted
    Later, a trail of fresh blood could be seen on the carpet, although the source was not known.

    Iraqis Pick Up Their Shoes
    “Bush threw bombs and rockets at Iraq and he destroyed my home by drawing a divisive strategy. So does he not deserve to get something from Iraqis?”


  3. It is funny how this seems to be a bandwagon. I was against the Iraqi war, but I cannot understand how short of a memory people have. Saddam Hussein had killing fields of his own over there, with a special place in his heart for Shiites. Bush should be taunted for wasting American blood and money on a cause for peace among Islam, which may prove a wasted effort in the end. The thrower should serve a probationary dunk tank duty for 2 years where people throw shoes at a picture of his face.


  4. Hi Serfer, you seem to be unaware that the journalist who threw the shoes at Bush is a Shiíte. And an opponent of Saddam Hussein. Like the TV station for which he works. And like me, including on this blog. And very unlike Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney as they used to act. However, practice since 2003 has proved that George W. Bush has managed to out-kill and out-dictator Saddam Hussein in Iraq by great lenghts: over a million death, far worse women’s and gay rights, more torture, more prisoners, cholera, etc. Search on this blog with search terms like “Iraq Bush worse Saddam”.

    By the way, your reference to “the thrower” is either unthinking or inhuman. You are talking about someone being tortured right now; or didn’t you know that?


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