Here are news photos of anti-Emperor-Bush and pro-shoe-tossing-Iraqi-journalist rallies from around the Arab and Muslim worlds:
Associated Press photos
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama promises to “reboot America’s image” among the Muslim world.
Obama might want to lose the word that sounds like a reference to footwear, but yeah, America’s image among the Muslim world pretty much can go only up from here…
(As The Associated Press notes, “The U.S. image globally has taken a deep hit during President George W. Bush‘s two terms in office, primarily because of opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, harsh interrogation of prisoners, the indefinite detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and mistreatment of inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.”)
I’m not advocating that we Americans kiss Muslim ass any more than I think that we should kiss Christian or Jewish/Zionist ass — I oppose theocracy and I think of the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as “gangs for God” — but continuing to antagonize the Muslim world probably isn’t the way to win the so-called “war on terror.”
P.S. This news photo, taken in Iraq, probably is the funniest, although you need to read the caption to understand the photo:
Associated Press photo
Caption: “A man holds up a print depicting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as a goal keeper trying to catch flying shoes during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. Hundreds demonstrated demanding the release of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who was arrested after throwing his shoes at the U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference Sunday.”
The parody of puppet Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a reference to his attempt to shield Emperor Bush from one of the shoes:
Speaking at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania today, “President” Bush bragged that there hasn’t been another 9/11 since 9/11 — he wants kudos for doing his job — and today he also claimed to Fox “News,” “I didn’t compromise my soul to be a popular guy.” No, he sold his soul to Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton instead of to popularity.
Apparently “President” Bush doesn’t want our last memory of him to be that of him ducking a pair of shoes thrown at him by an enraged Iraqi — you know, one of the people we “liberated.” (We “liberated” tens of thousands of them quite permanently…)
So now Bush is reminding us that we have him to thank for the fact that we haven’t had a 9/11-level terrorist attack since Sept. 11, 2001.
That’s like expecting a fucking Brownie button for the fact that yes, you killed an entire family while drunken driving, but that you haven’t killed anyone else since.
The worst terrorist attack on mainland American soil happened on Sept. 11, 2001, on Bush’s watch — less than a month and a week after he had received a presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”
Bush didn’t care.
Just like he knew that Hurricane Katrina was determined to strike in the U.S. in August 2005 but he didn’t care about that, either.
In the last days of his disastrous hostile occupation of the White House, Bush can try to rewrite history all he wants; history will record him as W: The. Worst. “President.” Ever.
Time magazine has named President-elect Barack Obama its “person of the year.”
As sick as I am of Obamania — at this point can Obama possibly live up to all of the hype? — Repugnican Sarah Palin-Quayle apparently was on Time’s short list for the designation. (Whew! You betcha!)
Time’s person of the year, by the way, as I understand it, is not a statement that the person is great, but that the person has been influential. Past Time magazine persons of the year have included Adolf Hitler, Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush, for instance, as well as Gandhi, FDR and MLK.