Sunday, December 14, 2008

A shoe says it all...

I remember watching news reports of the invasion in Iraq and seeing the people of Baghdad strike a statue of Saddam Hussein with their shoes.  The commentator noted  that throwing shoes at someone was a "grave insult in the Arab world".

Say what you want about President Bush - and I will in an upcoming blog post - but I find the contrast amusing.  The people of Iraq could only criticize and insult Saddam when he was presumed dead and without power over their lives.  To have thrown a shoe at Saddam would have meant death at best and, more probably, torture

Interestingly, after being tackled - shown at left - and escorted out of the press conference, nothing further was done to the enraged journalist.

Somewhat ironically, in protesting a US war and security action he at the same time showed its benefit to Iraq and the Arab world as a whole.

Do not misunderstand what I am saying. I am - with the benefit of hindsight - saying that Iraq was a good idea, was done well, was done anywhere near well, or that it will ever be what the American public was told it could be.

What I am saying is that, but for President George W. Bush, had that journalist done the same to Saddam, he would be dead.

Pictured Below: The identified journalist, Muntadar al-Zeidi, utilizing his newly found right of free-speech. (And, if Iraq is anything like the United States, talking to an attorney about a civil-suit for Assault).

UPDATE: The video has become available.


Mousie Cat said...

Yes, you're right. A shoe thrown, as a symbol of free expression unknown in Saddam's era, is an encouraging sign. Also, a sign that the U.S. needs to get out of Iraq as soon as practicable. Our presence there may be impeding their progress toward a peaceful society. If, indeed, such a thing is possible.

Billy Joe Mills said...

Hey man, great post. Good interpretation.


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