Monday, January 04, 2010

Do Unto Others...

I was catching up on my reading tonight and came across this in a recent issue of National Review:


Muntazer al-Zaidi is the Iraqi journalist who earned his place in the headlines by being rude to George W. Bush and chucking shoes at him. He did almost a year in prison for this, and ever since he's been trying to start a charity on behalf of "victims of the U.S. occupation in Iraq." Paris was the obvious place in which to bolster his militant reputation by holding a press conference. A kerfuffle followed when someone present stood up and in Iraqi Arabic defended U.S. policy, accused al-Zaidi of aiding and abetting dictatorship, and gave him a taste of his own medicine by throwing a shoe at him. It was al-Zaidi's turn to duck, and he didn't like it one bit, complaining that "the occupier and his lackeys" would stop at nothing to get him. Hustled out, the avenging shoe thrower took the precaution of giving his name only as "Khayat," but he had already proved that one Iraqi at least is able to spot the difference between freedom and tyranny, and is not afraid to say so.

4 comments:

the anonymous guy said...

OK I totally despise George Bush's leadership, especially on Iraq--I think it's literally criminal.

But that story is totally hilarious. Can you imagine the look on that guy's face when the shoe came at him? Thanks Andy.

Andy D said...

Every now and then there is a story that bridges the partisan divide. I thought this one might be funny enough to make everyone laugh.

You're welcome, and Happy New Year.

Rebecca said...

That's hilarious! Thanks for sharing this story. I wondered what happened to that guy. I guess he got a taste of his own medicine!

Christina said...

"A kerfuffle followed when someone present stood up and..." kerfuffle? Never heard that one before...!

I like National Review (Online), now I like it even more...