With love from me too shoe.

If there is anything that you want, like I'd so like to do. Just scratch around until you find a long discarded shoe. …

Originally posted by aljazeera.net:

Thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated in Baghdad's Sadr City in support of Muntazer al-Zeidi a journalist being held in custody after throwing his shoes at George Bush.

The outgoing US leader had just told reporters in Iraq the war "is decisively on its way to being won," when al-Zeidi got to his feet and hurled his footwear.

"Millions… of the people of the world wish to do what Muntadhar did," Mundathar's brother said. "Thank God he had the guts to do it and avenge the Iraqi people and the country from those who plunder it and have killed its people."

Al-Baghdadiya television, his employer, has demanded his release after Yasin Majeed, the prime minister's media adviser, said al-Zeidi would be tried on charges of insulting the state.

Zeidi risks a miminum of two years in prison for insulting a visiting head of state.
On Monday, al-Baghdadiya suspended its normal programming and played messages of support from across the Arab world.

A presenter read out a statement calling for his release, "in accordance with the democratic era and the freedom of expression that Iraqis were promised by US authorities". It said that any harsh measures taken against the reporter would be reminders of the "dictatorial era" that Washington said its forces had invaded Iraq to end.

Demonstrations also took place in the southern city of Basra and Najaf, where some people threw shoes at a US convoy. Khalil al-Dulaimi, Saddam Hussein's former lawyer, said he was forming a team to defend al-Zeidi and that around 200 lawyers, including Americans, had offered their services for free.

"It was the least thing for an Iraqi to do to Bush, the tyrant criminal who has killed two million people in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said. "Our defence of Zeidi will be based on the fact that the United States is occupying Iraq, and resistance is legitimate by all means, including shoes."

In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt and the incident is likely to serve as a lasting reminder of the widespread opposition to the US led invasion of Iraq -the conflict that defines Bush's presidency.

"Throwing the shoes at Bush was the best goodbye kiss ever … it expresses how Iraqis and other Arabs hate Bush," Musa Barhoumeh, editor of Jordan's independent Al-Gahd newspaper, wrote.

But support has not been entirely universal and some Iraqis believe al-Zeidi crossed the line.

"I deem it unnecessary. This thing is unjustifiable. It is an incorrect style. We are not violent. One can voice his opinion in other ways," one Baghdad resident said.

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5 thoughts on “With love from me too shoe.

  1. After being tortured by the Prime Minister of Iraq, the man who threw the shoe at Bush wrote that he had been told to throw it by a terrrst.Yes, right.The shoe makers have recieved orders for 300,000 of them. I am not sure if that is a third of a million shoes or 300,000 pairs.

  2. I would love to smack Tory B Liar in the face with a couple of well aimed dog pooh loaded crap collectors.Originally posted by Dumbass Bush:

    "I'm not insulted. I don't hold it against the government. The guy wanted to get on TV and he did. I don't know what his beef is, but whatever it is, I'm sure someone will hear it." — George Bush to ABC News after Iraqi Journalist, Muntazar al-Zaidi threw two shoes at him

    Originally posted by Cindy Sheehan:

    I have vacillated over the past 8 years on whether George Bush is the stupidest man in the world, or the evilest. I think that the above statement may prove that he is both. He seriously does not know what al-Zaidi's "beef" is? Does George really believe that his cause was "Noble" and that the Iraqis should be grateful to that "dog" for destroying their country and killing over a million people?

  3. I wonder how much of the world I would have any sort of a realish idea about if it hadn't been for the Internet. All I would have known about a little known radio station called Al Jazeera was what appeared on the TV after Bush won the war in Iraq.He wanted it bombed. I wonder what else he DID gwet blitzed. Fortunately some people in the USA have taken up cudgels as nothing from the relatively complacent British would ever have come to light.Family and Lawyer Fear for Reporter Who Threw His Shoes at BushOriginally posted by Timothy Willians, New York Times: January 15, 2009.:

    BAGHDAD — More than a month has passed since an Iraqi television reporter threw his shoes at President Bush during a Baghdad news conference held to highlight what Mr. Bush called a successful American military effort to pacify Iraq.

    Muntader al-Zaidi has been allowed only two visitors —and none since 21st December. His family and his lawyer say that they do not know where he is being held and that they are gravely concerned about his well-being because they have not been allowed to speak with him.

    Mr. Zaidi’s lawyer said he had recently seen medical records that added credence to the journalist’s claim he had been tortured.

    Mr. Saadi said two medical reports conducted by government physicians within a week of Mr. Zaidi’s arrest described bruising that covered the reporter’s face and body, but was especially severe on his legs and arms; a missing tooth; a gash on the bridge of his nose; and what appeared to be a burn mark on his ear.

    Mr. Saadi said he had not been permitted to remove the records from the office of the judge investigating the case, so the existence of the documents could not be verified independently. But the account of Mr. Zaidi’s wounds matches injuries described by one of Mr. Zaidi’s brothers after his prison visit last month.

    Uday al-Zaidi, 33, the brother, said Thursday that he feared that Mr. Zaidi, who faces up to seven years in prison for the criminal charge of aggression against a visiting head of state, might never emerge from government custody.

    “I don’t know his fate,” said Mr. Zaidi. “I am sure they will kill him in prison.”

    But Dr. Fadhil Mohammed Jawad, the legal adviser for Mr. Maliki, said Thursday that Mr. Zaidi had not been tortured and would receive a fair trial.

    <<<<“Judicially, Iraq is just and the law will handle this case with justice,” Dr. Jawad said.>>>><<<<As he was pulled from the room by the guards, Mr. Zaidi was seen being beaten.>>>>

    Subsequent visit requests have been rejected or ignored by the government and the judiciary. Who is responsible for clearing visits?
    The prime minister’s legal adviser said such matters were handled by the investigating judge and the suspect’s lawyer, a spokesman for the judge said the issue was one reserved “for the executive branch.”

    The spokesman for the High Judicial Council, which administers Iraq’s court system, said Dhiyaa al-Kinani, the investigating judge, had not been aware that Mr. Zaidi’s lawyer and family members had repeatedly sought to visit Mr. Zaidi in prison.

    At first, Mr. Biriqdar denied knowing Mr. Zaidi’s whereabouts, but later he said Mr. Zaidi was at an Iraqi detention center in the Green Zone operated by the Baghdad Brigade, a military unit that answers to the prime minister’s office.

    Mr. Biriqdar said anyone who sought to see Mr. Zaidi would be permitted to do so. But an Iraqi Army guard told a reporter who requested a visit to leave immediately. The guard also said it was “dangerous” to seek to meet Mr. Zaidi.

    Mr. Biriqdar, the judicial spokesman, said that Mr. Zaidi had not told the investigating judge about being tortured or beaten while in custody and that during a meeting with Mr. Zaidi last month the judge had seen no signs of physical abuse.

    “The investigating judge said he had not noticed if he had been tortured or beaten,” Mr. Biriqdar said. “Muntader did not say he was beaten and did not ask to be referred to a medical committee.”

    But a few days after that meeting, both Mr. Zaidi’s lawyer and brother Uday said during their respective visits that it had been clear that Mr. Zaidi had been beaten.

    Reporting was contributed by Riyadh Mohammed, Alissa J. Rubin, Atheer Kakan and Suadad al-Salhy.

    You have to laugh, don't you:

    the investigating judge, had not been aware that Mr. Zaidi’s lawyer and family members had repeatedly sought to visit Mr. Zaidi.

    I mean..Why would they want to?Here's another one:

    Mr. Biriqdar, the judicial spokesman, said that Mr. Zaidi had not told the investigating judge about being tortured or beaten while in custody and that during a meeting with Mr. Zaidi last month the judge had seen no signs of physical abuse.

    I think someone is missing the point about torture. Silly.What a silly billy.

    last month the judge had seen no signs of physical abuse.

    Should that read:

    last month the judge had seen no signs of Mr. Zaidi.

    There again… Was he talking about before or after?

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