Monday, December 15, 2008

Throw the book at President Bush, not shoes

Throw the book at President Bush, not shoes

By Walter Haan,

We were treated yesterday, December 14th, to the news that a 28-year-old Iraqi journalist threw his shoes, both of them, at President George W. Bush at a news conference in Baghdad. The Iraqi journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, 28, a correspondent for an independent Iraqi television station, stood up about 12 feet from Mr. Bush and shouted in Arabic: “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” He then threw his first shoe at Mr. Bush. It was all part of the fourth and final Bush surprise visit to Iraq. Accompanying the news is a photo of Bush with his face all screwed up as he dodges the second shoe while the Prime Minister of Iraq attempts to deflect the shoe. Showing the bottom of shoes, let alone throwing them, is an insult in the Muslim world. Priceless.


No, unfortunately that moment wasn't priceless. It came at the cost of over 4,100 American servicemen and service women's lives in Iraq since our invasion of that country in 2003. You remember, the war Bush started based on his fake Intel about Saddam having Weapons of Mass Destruction. As many as one million Iraqis may have been killed in this illegal debacle. One of the many other results, besides flying shoes, is the wholesale forced relocation of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from their homes.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney deserve to have the book thrown at them for their lies and illegal actions. They should be arrested and tried.

Instead of shoes, American journalists should be throwing heavy, hardback books about the war at Bush. Books like Cradle of Conflict: Iraq and the Birth of the Modern U.S. Military by Michael Knights. At 462 pages including the index, this book could inflict some damage.

Oh, also a note to Brian Cashman, General Manager of The New York Yankees who is desperately looking for pitchers. Mr. Zaidi threw his other shoe, shouting in Arabic, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!” That shoe also narrowly missed Mr. Bush as the Iraqi Prime Minister stuck a hand in front of the president’s face to help shield him. Mr. Cashman, you should consider Mr. Zaidi. He's only 28 and has shown he's got an arm. --Copyright 2008 by Walter Haan,


Anonymous Dr Michael Knights said...

Dear Walter,

as the author of Cradle of Conflict I would like to encourage all Americans - millions of them - to buy my book in order that they may throw it at President Bush. I don't necessarily believe the war was wrong, but I could really do with the sales.

Kind regards,

Mike Knights

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