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People throughout the Arab world deem Iraqi television journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, pictured above, as a hero, and have demonstrated against the United States’ continued illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq after al-Zaidi threw his shoes at Emperor Bush on Sunday.
Muntazer al-Zaidi — the under-30 Iraqi television journalist who threw both of his shoes at U.S. “President” Bush on Sunday, embarrassing the American dictator despite the dictator’s denials of embarrassment — is a hero among those Iraqis who haven’t sold their nation out to the corporate interests of the crumbling empire of the United States of America.
As he should be.
He’s my hero, too, because while my fellow Americans have been too pussy to remove and bring to justice our eight-year dictator who first stole a presidential election, then allowed the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to happen, and then started a bogus war against a nation that had had nothing whatsofuckingever to do with 9/11, al-Zaidi stood up and did what he could do when he found himself in the presence of Satan incarnate: he threw his shoes at the devil.
As I noted long ago, “President” Bush — whom I never considered to be my president, but whom I consider to be the treasonous and mass-murdering usurper that he is, and who deserves the ultimate punishment for mass murder and treason — is “the most protected man in the world and the man who is the least worth protecting in the world.”
So for the historically well-protected Bush to have to duck a pair of airborne shoes at a press conference — that was priceless.
Bush tried to save face, first literally by ducking the flying footwear, and then figuratively by trying to dismiss the Iraqi journalist’s strong statement. The journalist was venting his rage at the death in and the destruction of his nation that Bush’s regime wrought for the war profits of the likes of Dick Cheney’s war-profiteering Halliburton — I can only imagine the righteous rage that the young man felt when he found himself in the same room with the Colonizer in Chief — and Bush attempted to minimize the man’s strong statement by comparing it to giving someone the middle finger, and Bush even tried to use the man’s defiant act as “evidence” that Iraqis are now “free.”
So much for “free speech” — al-Zaidi is in the custody of Iraq’s puppet government and faces criminal charges. Since he didn’t actually physically harm Bush, al-Zaidi’s “crime” can only be that he embarrassed those who form Iraq’s American-ass-licking puppet government by not having been deferential to the American dictator who had dared to show his face on Iraqi soil.
Not that Iraq’s puppet government won’t let al-Zaidi go; he has done what the puppet government has refused to do, which is to stand up against Iraq’s colonizers from the United States. Iraq’s puppet government will let al-Zaidi go — or face the wrath of the people to whom he is a national hero.
And we Americans, who don’t possess a fraction of the courage that al-Zaidi does, never will bring George W. Bush and his henchpeople to justice for their treason and their crimes against humanity, but we will even finance their retirement.