Arab, Muslim worlds dig the shoes

Here are news photos of anti-Emperor-Bush and pro-shoe-tossing-Iraqi-journalist rallies from around the Arab and Muslim worlds:

Lebanon:

Shoes are set atop an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush, ...

A Lebanese university student holds a photograph of Iraqi journalist ...

Turkey:

Mustafa Kir, head of a Turkish civil servant union, displays ...

Pakistan:

Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-i-Islami hold ...

Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-i-Islami seen ...

Pakistani protesters hold photographs of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar ...

Occupied Palestine:

Palestinians from the Popular Resistance Committees, one holding ...

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:

A man holds up a print depicting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri ...

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:

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki tries to protect George ...

AFP photo

Fucking funny

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