Tarek Chaaban

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Bush attacked by Muntazer al-Zaidi

President George W. Bush dodges shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi (منتظر الزيدي) from Al-Baghdadia television network, during press conference in Baghdad, December 14, 2008

I don’t want to turn this blog into a political blog , but I’m just like the million of people (if not billion) who hates George W. Bush .

I Think he still have 45 days remaining in office in fact there is a countdown clock for bush time in office

to be exact (at the time writing this line) : 1 months 6 days 6 hours 16 minutes 55 seconds

The News of the day is this video (IRAQI Journalist throws shoes at Bush during news conference) , Some youtube videos has more than 250k views by now .

As you can see they shutdown the other cameras to not show what will happen to the journalist , Bush responded to the SHOES ATTACK “ALL I CAN REPORT IS IT IS A SIZE 10″

After that video came , a lot of people were happy about it , here are some of what i found on the net :

For the people who felt as good as i did when i saw Bush being humiliated on TV in Baghdad December 14 ,2008 .And to everyone who felt as proud as I was of the man who risked his life to tell the world how the IRAQIs really feel about BUSH !!!

Our hero is a 28 year old Iraqi Journalist
his name is MUNTATHAR AL ZAIDI
he works at Al Baghdadia Channel
Graduated from Baghdad University

i also found some funny comments :

National Holiday

We iraqis should make this day a national holiday, just like 8 of august were we throw water at cars. But now we will be throwing our made in china shoes at bush posters all around Iraq every year on this day for the coming year

Other comments :

Well, at least the guy had the guts to do what he wanted to do which is throw his shoes at Bush at whatever cost.

That clip made my day, ha bush has the reflexes of a cat and the speed of a mongoose. Oh I wish one hit him.

You gotta hand it to the Iraq Pres for an awesome block on that second shoe. Not a whole lot of people would block a shoe for Bush

I wish even 25% of the people in the US were this passionate about their country because we will need to be prepared to stand up for ourselves very soon.

Bush is a war criminal. I hope he has shoes thrown at him everywhere he goes until he is tried and executed.

Al-Jazeera (Arabic) is reporting that up to a 100 Arab lawyers have volunteered to defend the shoe throwing Iraqi journalist.

On facebook a lot of people took the opportunity to open new groups, some names :

I’m a fan of the great hero who hit Bush with his shoes in Baghdad !
Muntathar Al-Zaidi
Muntathar al Zaidi Support Group
Together to defend Muntather Al Zaidi
Congratulate منتظر الزيدي for throwing bush by his SHOE
{Freedom to muntather Al Zaydi}
Montaser al-Zaidi

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30 Comments

  1. hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it made my day toooo.

    the national holiday idea is sooooooooooo funny; i love it. i’ll celebrate it too qad yuqal. loool

  2. He really is a hero. May God protect him. And I think they won´t do anything to him with the exception of a few bruises because he was exercising his freedom. I hope he gets a job on Al-Jazeera or somewhere else.

  3. He got what he deserved, the worst and most humiliated good bye ever.

    I keep on wondering what he would tell his people upon return to the US

  4. hi to all my brother iraqi people specially mr montazer alzaidy
    i kiss his fot and his hand because of his doing that throw his shose to big satan
    well done to iraqi champion

  5. I agree. Mr. Bush is a war criminal. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get it. He considers himself the savior of the Iraqi people. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iraqi citizens along with country’s infrastructure. There were next to no terrorists in the country when we invaded the country. A tragic episode in my country’s history.

  6. Where do I send flowers? I’m still laughing! Americans can’t get that close to El Presidente–he knows he can’t trust us! Thanks for doing it for us! Hope you didn’t get too bruised.

  7. Muntazer Al Zaidi is a Free Thinker and should be released as expressing harmless feelings is not a Crime and we wish to have more shoes for all those who invaded.

  8. MUNTAZER AL -ZAIDI,

    LONG LIVE……9 SHOES….

    THE TRADITION YOU’VE DONE WILL BE ‘GLOBAL TRADITION’ IN I RESPECT AND 21 GUN SOLUTE TO YOU SIR, MR. MUNTAZER AL – ZAIDI.

    MORE SHOES TO CORRUPT LEADER.

  9. Al zaidi, i think he’ll die soon or ……..

  10. Mr bush, will take a war on that tragedy

  11. What Muntathar did was a dream of most Iraqis. He is one of our True Iraqi men who is very courigious and made unforgettable announcement of revenging the millions of Iraqi orphans and widows who lost their beloved ones and who are now homeless in Jordan and Syria, mouring every day and unsure of the future.
    God bless you Muntathar. all Iraqis Sheea, Sunni are praying for u. We pray that a disaster will happen to both Bush and Maliky before the year end. They both destroyed Iraq and killed the good ppl.

  12. It didn’t take courage to throw shoes. Throwing them at Sadam …now that would have taken courage. But then again, you’d never hear about him, because the tape would have never gotten out, and his entire family would have been executed and buried in the desert…but your memories are far too short for that. Here’s an idea: stop killing each other for religious differences and start rebuilding your country! You don’t deserve democracy. You deserve to be treated like sheep. You deserve someone like Sadam. It would be great if you could think for yourselves. You could try it sometime when you aren’t too busy being directed by your Imams.

  13. Al Zaidi made my thoughts concrete!! Thank you !!!!!

  14. SHAME TO MR BUSH, SHAME SHAME TO ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE BECAUSE SECOND SHOOE HIT TO AMERICAN FLAG.. HE HEE HEEE

    LONG LIVE MONTAZER AL ZAIDI ORFE SADDAM.

  15. SUPER al-Zaidi SUPER al-Zaidi

  16. This is something well deserved.
    I would have done exactly the same…

  17. The arab leaders should take a lesson from montazer al zaidi, coz thier hearts are sealed with the corrupt world,
    live like ali die like hussain
    brother montazaer we love you

  18. this was a gift for all muslims on eid al adha and a special one for us on eid al akbar algadir,
    we pray for you to return safely to your family

  19. Mark,
    You don’t know the meaning of democracy either because Regime Change is in itself a contradiction to democratic values. Your post spews out racism and ignorance of Iraqis. The Iraqis didn’t need the army of the US Government. Things were going to change. That is a historical fact. Franco’s Spain became a democracy because change came from within. Portugal as well. Greece, Turkey … The list goes on. And the Iraqis even with Saddam Hussein were doing a lot better than when the people you admire so much stuck their filthy, deceitful noses where they didn’t belong.

    Finally, you know very little of the Iraqis to be calling them sheep. They are a lot more prepared than you can ever imagine. They were people that were academically prepared, hard working and they love their country. Your PAX AMERICANA has been a period of destruction and continuous turmoil. Your intervention has destroyed the lives of millions of Iraqis, destroyed infrastructure, the economy, even historical remains.

  20. We do agree on a few things

    1)We should have stayed out of that backward-thinking, barbaric country. Not one drop of American blood should have been shed for that culture because it couldn’t wait to start butchering itself with sectarian violence. I re-assert my opinion that it doesn’t deserve democracy. Its like trying to feed an infant roast beef–they just choke on it.

    2) Its possible that it would have eventually changed from within, but not without a civil war that would have cost far more loss of Iraqi life than by the U.S. Intervention. You are lying if you deny that exponentially more Iraqis died at the hands of other Iraqis than at the hands of American forces. This shows that Iraqis care far less about themselves as a nation and culture than they do their sectarian affiliation.

    You make yourself look foolish by saying they were better off under Sadam because clearly the Kurds and southern Shiites would have had a far different opinion about living under Sadam’s thumb. The ruling elite was indeed having a grand time, but that is usually the case under the rule of tyrants. To call the Iraqi people “educated” is the biggest fallacy of all your claims. Never have I seen a people so easily whipped into an emotional and mind-numbing frenzy as are the poor Iraqi masses–and that smacks more of ignorance and blind religious zeal than nationalism. You call me a racist because that’s what you label people who reject your views. It’s the buzzword of the narrow-minded. Deflect your own inadequacies by attacking the other with a label guaranteed to evoke an emotional response. I’m certainly an ethnocentrist now as a result of watching in utter horror and incredulous disbelief as your “educated” Iraqis walked into open markets and schoolyards and even religious proceedings and killed as many innocent people as possible. They kidnapped, they tortured, they murdered, they terrorized THEIR OWN PEOPLE!!! What kind of people does that?!

    I can understand the concept of resisting the military as “foriegn invaders”. I can even see going after Iraqi police, but non-combatants? What stopped the escalating cycle of violence? Iraqi sensibilities and desire for humananity to prevail? Nope…it was the crackdown of a massive American troop build up followed by intensive training of a national security force. There were absoutely inexcusable mistakes and even what you want to call atrocities that occured at times during the occupation…but nothing compared to what was experienced under Sadam’s rule. Your people are like an animal caught in a trap–biting at those that would free it and give it aid if it would but stop it’s thrashing.

    your vision is shorted-sighted verging on blindnessan and your memory seems to be even shorter. I’d even bet that you were one of those activists begging for the world to intervene on behalf of your oppressed people under Sadam.

    History will be kind to President Bush even if contemporary culture hates him.

  21. Wow Mark,
    I’m really astonished by your insight and knowledge of the region. You must be a graduate of FOX News International Politics. Again, you lack any knowledge of the country in order to judge its people. But then again, that’s pretty American to give an opinion on something you don’t have the slightest clue about, now isn’t it?

    Let’s get a couple of things established:

    1)These people had civilization when your ancestors were climbing trees. Their social manners are far above anything you have seen in the US where many social concepts such as family (such as marriage or raising of children) , honesty and sincerity in transactions or individual ones like bravery, decency and cleanliness in the US practically don’t exist. So there goes the thesis of backwardness and barbaric down the toilet with the rest of your discourse.

    2) Most of the Iraqis I knew were Shiites and Kurds who were getting generous doctorate scholarships under the regime of Saddam Hussein. The numbers decreased with the implementation of the first embargo starting in 1991 but they were still there. Like all dictatorships, if you spoke out against the regime you got punished. It didn’t matter what you were: Sunni, Shiite, Kurdish, Turkimani, Christian, etc. If you kept your mouth shut then you benefited or were, at least, left alone. What didn’t exist – that is until the Americans and their British and Israeli teachers started started trying to figure out ways to destroy the country – was sectarianism. (An observation: Did Saddam have Tikritis around him? Yes, but not because they were Sunnis. It was because they were his family. If you are running a small business, a huge company or a government, the people you will most likely trust are people whose blood also runs in your veins. However, it should be noted, that the previous president of Iraq Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr although also Tikriti was not immediate family and was discreetly overthrown by Saddam.)

    Returning to the topic of sectarianism, Saddam didn’t really judge his collaborators according to their ethnicity or religion. Taha Yassin Ramadan, the Iraqi vice president, was a Kurd of the Shiite sect. Tarik Aziz was – and still is – Christian while Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf is a Shiite. Again, your clumsy writing is only surpassed by your astounding ignorance.

    Finally, the only way things are going to finally get under control there is when another strong man who understands politics moves in and the US soldiers – and their precious American blood – move on to new killing grounds leaving Iraq once and for all. The violence will slowly but surely decrease and Iraqis will begin to live again like the human beings they are. Now, if we analyze the violence in Iraq we can only justify its existence as the result of the occupation. But let’s take a look at the US. Just google Violence in the US, Murder in the US, Gun Violence or even Homicide and one gets goose pimples. What’s even worse: industry commercializes on violence and the subtle teaching of it through films, video games, etc. So please don’t give us a lecture on model behavior. Take those soldiers and their blackwater cousins and clean up your own house.

  22. The Italian Translator,

    I could not have said it better!

    shokran haha!!!

    May Allah help Montadhar, is there any support group or anything like that?

  23. few people have the iniative,few people have the courage, few people have a courage of an ANT, ‘no matter what’maybe this will a opening to courage to some few who desire to have a courage to do what they always want to do, but be careful where you stands for, if you are in the wrong, expect something wrong, if you are in the right, you deserve the pleasure of the right result.

    What ever you brains dictates, your emotions convey.

    ‘ Lets do the right thing, only’

    Only few do it that way.

    Sincerly,

    Manolo Jimenez Jr.

  24. The Italian Translator

    What a racist comment you just made. Don’t look now, but your hipocracy is showing…

    1) Do not equate my use of the adjective “civilized” with the noun “civilization”. If you need me to explain the difference to you, just let me know. I’ll do my best, but I’m not a miracle worker. You’re obviously a little less intelligent than the people I’m used to speaking with.

    Actions speak louder than words and again you attempt to deflect attention from the irrefutable fact that Iraqis kidnapped, tortured, murdered, mutilated (often on videotape) other Iraqis in the name of sectarianism–and that far more civilians have died at the hands of other civilians than at the hands of military forces. The Iraqi culture may indeed be full of sincere, honest, hard-working, family-loving, brave and clean individuals, but there are far too many people that clearly don’t think beyond the rantings of zealots and are all too willing to eliminate their countryman’s life in the name of a religious sect. That’s not really acting all that civil regardless of how cleanly a person may be, now is it?

    2)Are you seriously trying to assert that Americans, Britians and Isrealis got together to conspire a way to destroy Iraq; and that somehow they were able to introduce the concept of sectarianism to Muslims whereby it received immediate widespread acceptance once Saddam was out of the picture? Do you ever read what you write before you send it? That is the most ludicrous statement I think I’ve ever read.

    Saddam was a sociopath at best, and a psychopath in all probability. He surrounded himself with those who were like minded or most supportive, or the least threatening. Hitler was the same way. Saddam himself grew up in the Baath party as a hit man. He was a sadistic assassin with a flair for creative torture. He was ruthless, amoral, ambitious and merciless. Story has it that he killed his first victim (at his uncle’s prompting) when he was still a boy. Those who benefited from Saddam’s favor were no doubt expected to repay the kindness twenty-fold. The stability that Iraq “enjoyed” under his rule was due to the Iraqi people’s complete understanding that to waiver even slightly from Saddam’s will would mean death for yourself and your extended family. That level of oppression certainly would keep a society well-behaved. Maybe you would enjoy that type of Utopian culture, but I think I’d rather pass on that one.

    All this leads us back to the original topic of discussion and that is that Muntazer al-Zaidi should actually thank George Bush for the freedom he had to even throw those shoes. If that would have been Saddam at the podium, Muntazer al-Zaidi probably would have never done it. Even if he was stupid enough to do it, he and his entire family would have no doubt been killed in a heinous manner–not that you would have ever heard about the incident in the first place.

    In our entire conversation so far, I never once asserted that sectarianism and sectarian violence occurred during Saddam’s regime. This is your attempt to put words in my mouth that just weren’t there. He did what pleased him to whomever he wished. I assert that the sectarianism was there all along and that it was made to smolder deep and hot by the favoritism Saddam gave to the Sunnis. It simply exploded into atrocious violence once he was out of the picture and is being perpetrated by a section of the population that does not deserve the freedoms democracy gives them. They kill or die not for a noble cause, but for the opinions of radical clerics who so easily incite them into an emotional frenzy–a bloodthirsty mob. This can really only happen amongst the small-minded of the world. Say what you will, but exept for the most isolated of instances, there is nothing that remotely resembles death squads roaming the streets of America, or Europe, or Australia, Japan, etc.

    Every country has it’s own issues. I certainly have much to say on those same topics. I’m just as certain there are a great many innocent people there just wanting to get on with their life, but until they rise up and put a stop to the violence themselves, they will continue to be hostages regardless of whether it is the US military, or the Maadi Army patroling the streets.

    One thing that I can honestly say I agree wholeheartedly with Muslims on: the most beautiful thing in the world is a new martyr.

    I’d love to battle with you more, but in all honesty, you pretty much bore me. I have much better things I can do with my time, like clean my gun collection while I watch ultra-violent television shows, or maybe I could teach my son the proper way to disparage a person of color. Just to clarify so that there are no misunderstandings between us, that last sentence is called “sarcasm”, which is a literary weapon of the intelligent–so clearly, you won’t understand.

  25. Some of his other colleagues say that Montazer Al Zaidi hates U.S. troops because they caused the death of two of his brothers who belonged to the Al Mahdi Army, loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr and who has faced fierce fighting in the Iraqi army and the U.S.

    Well, that’s too bad for his two brothers. They tried to take on more than they could and paid the price for their troubles.

    Obviously, Shoeless al-Zaidi doesn’t have the heart of his brothers or he would have fought with more than his shoes. In America, a common shoe thrower would be called a punk. At least he has no respect among Arab-Americans.

    R. Najjar, American Veteran
    Operation Iraqi Freedom
    USA

  26. Hey Mark,

    Good post (#24). I have to put up with a lot of the Liberal Left’s misinterpretation of world events too. It’s especially hard for me because of my Lebanese-American background. Everybody thinks there is some “grab the oil” conspiracy going on and that everybody in Iraq hates us. I was there in 2006/07 and I can say with authority that President Bush is well respected among those Iraqis that I talked to. Granted, they’re not in love with him, but they highly respect him because he did what he said he’d do. Bush got rid of Saddam Hussein who was hard on everybody, even his own Sunni tribesmen. He mauled al-Qaeda and threw them out of Iraq and the Middle East. And finally, he brokered agreements with enough leaders on all sides to avert a civil war. The Lefties are really mad because it was all accomplished on Bush’s watch. Now, if anything goes south, it will be Obama’s fault.
    I’m just passing through because I usually hit the news commentaries. Keep telling the truth and don’t let these historical revisionists pull you down because you’re doing great. Maybe I’ll stop by from time to time.

  27. R. Najjar,

    Thanks for the kind words, sir. You can imagine how they have been received. I’m not a regular on that board, and I guess I was just indignant over the event and was trolling around looking for a fight that day. I love when quasi-intellectuals try to flex their brains in attempts to “educate this ignorant American” on how things really are.

    I admire your position as well and I’m truly grateful for your service there. I’m sure it is challenging at times with your name and your heritage. I’m sure you deal with prejudice on both sides, but we both know morons will always live amongst us. The important thing is that YOU know you are a patriot and what it means to be an American and serve your country.

    Take care,
    Mark

  28. Dear R.Najjar,OIF Vet,

    Shoe thrower Muntazer al-Zaidi – to most was a brave thing to do I agreed in that notion, but that is not the way in 21st Century to solve, to compromise, to give a valid concrete answer to a problem……yes…he was able to embarrassed a man of another country, but he only makes himself a brutal, horrible low human being, this is my opinion and must be respected no matter what…..sorry but I don’t agree.

    sincerely,

    Manolo

  29. To both Najjar and Mark,

    I was really hoping that the standards of the debate were going to rise but, oh well, what can you expect from an ignorant couch potato republican and an Iraqi war veteran: Propaganda!

    To Najjar,

    You really should back up your statements with facts and refrain from trying to make your tour of Iraq as an act of heroism. It isn’t. You are working for a professionally paid army which is almost synonymous with Black Water. You are in an army that has illegally invaded another nation, destroyed infrastructure, killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians and is indirectly responsible for the death of the hundreds of thousands killed in this civil war unleashed through your army´s actions. Here are a couple of links to conservative estimates:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War

    iraqbodycount.org/

    So if you really want to be cowboy, be in the army when they decide to invade North Korea, China or even Iran. Although I don´t believe they – the generals or administration – will because that takes a lot of guts and the aforementioned nations have armies, weapons and without a doubt will use them. The Pentagon knows this and prefers a diplomatic solution. It´s better to kill those who can´t defend themselves like what your newly adopted brethren are doing in Gaza against my Palestinian brothers and sisters.

    To Mark,
    You really have a very narrow vision of the world. You have no idea of the consequences of your government’s actions. You don’t see the death or destruction caused. And from what I see from your pathetic postings, you probably care less. You insist on defending this concept of America and country which really doesn’t materialize into anything. The young men and women, people in their early twenties with a whole life in front of them, are sent with the purpose of supporting an economic agenda. To not recognize this is to live in denial.

    hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2017/stories/20030829008112900.htm

    Of course, the American people, the normal everyday guy or gal on the street, aren’t – nor will they – benefit at all from this adventure. The rate of unemployment continues to rise, people are losing more homes thus being left out in the streets and small businesses, companies and corporations are continuing to close. So when you say to Najjar he is serving his country in reality that is a gross lie. He is serving the multinational establishment that is behind this war. But if, God forbid, he would have lost an eye or a leg or even his life, what would that have got him? Just that: a lost limb or life. Why don’t you ask mothers of dead soldiers like Cindy Sheehan et al what they feel.

    nytimes.com/2005/09/19/politics/19sheehan.html?_r=1

    or

    thewe.cc/weplanet/news/americas/us/us_veteran_mother_against_the_war.htm

    By the way, calling them leftists, Mr. Najjar, doesn’t make you right. Nor does it make you a better American. There … I will let my Arab brethren take a shot at you.

    To Chaban,
    I want to thank you for this forum and giving everyone an opportunity to express their view.

    التحية الطيبة واقبل أخلص تمنياتي بالتوفيق
    المترجم الإيطالي

  30. شكرا لك الف شكر و نتمنى ان نشارك فى انهاء احتلال اكل الوطن العربى و رفع راس العرب و تبقى العراق حرة ابية عراق العزة من مصري يحب الوطن العربى

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