Monday, December 22, 2008
I Endorse Muntazer al-Zaidi As The Next Iraqi Prime Minister
One kiss is a dangerous drug,
I get what I deserve, if I dare to fall in love...
I endorse Muntazer al-Zaidi as the next Iraqi Prime Minister.
This modern day combination of Gandhi and Ron Paul only did what millions of other citizens around the world would have liked to have done.
Throw something at George Bush, the most despised -- and with apparent good reason in many cases -- American President in the current era.
As an American told me, he wished al-Zaidi had a gun and shot Bush.
Which would have taken things a wee bit too far. Assassinations are never a good idea, throwing shoes at and humiliating a leader on the world stage, worked out much better.Of course, al-Zaidi missed with both shoes, LOL. Well, the Iraqis never had very good aim to begin with. If it was Roger Clemens in his halcyon days before the affair with Mindy McCready, Bush would have never stood a chance.
Muntathar's vox populi appeal is eloquently detailed by everyone's favorite, Sunshine:
Muntathar al Zaidi, is 28 years old Iraqi living in Baghdad, he is the brave journalist who throw his shoes with his heart set on fire and said "this is the good bye kiss this is the revenge of all Iraqis"Muntathar became a national hero, he didn't fear to speak up his mind, he expressed not only his anger but the anger and frustrated feeling for all of all Iraqis.
I pray he'll be released, and no one will hurt him anymore..
Muntathar in his preppy days - C/O Sunshine
Sunshine further tells us: I don't find what he did strange thing after all horrible events he witnessed as a journalist, after seeing the injured and killed innocents in streets, or after he met the Iraqis who lost their houses or families and other tragic stories ..
When Bush said "it represent his only opinion, but I am sure it don't represent all Iraqis' feelings" all Iraqis proved the opposite by gathering in the streets carrying big signs, saying poems, and supporting Muntathar in every way they can.
Jihad Watch's Robert Spencer takes issue with Sunshine's and other Muslims heroic embrace and popularity of al-Zaidi (Zeidi):
The popularity of Muntadhar al-Zeidi is telling: the shoe-hurler is more popular in Islamic nations today than any Islamic reformer ever has been. The man who subjected President Bush to Arab culture’s ultimate sign of disrespect and contempt is at once more famous and beloved among Muslims than a President who endeavored, whatever may be said of how well-advised or successful his policies have been, to save innumerable Muslim lives by planting free and stable societies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LOL Robert, the section about, whatever may be said of how well-advised or successful his policies have been, most resonates with the Iraqis dislike, disgruntlement, and disgust with Bush.
And what one can truly say, is that the Iraqis have been dictatored, suppressed, walled in, de-electrified, kidnapped, sanctioned, tortured, shredded, couped, persecuted, freedom-robbed, Sunni-supremacized and Shia-theocracized, altogether boiled and baked to death, over the last 90 years.
Of course most of the torture, coups, persecution, dictators, supremacizing and theocracizing have been committed by the Iraqis themselves, many of whom are apologists -- engaging in scapegoating -- blaming others to shift away attention and responsibility for the misdeeds that they -- clan, tribe, sect, or ethnicity -- are responsible for.
But, as Haider Ala Hamoudi accurately notes in Howling in Mesopotamia: An Iraqi-American Memoir, the US flopped mightily as the sovereign power in Iraq with its inability to guarantee even a basic essential such as security, never mind the lack of electricity, order, and jobs.So it's not surprising that someone had a I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore! moment.
If al-Zaidi is sentenced to a long prison term -- Abdul Satar Birqadr, a spokesman for Iraq’s High Judicial Council said that al-Zaidi faces up to 15 years in prison -- there may only be one organization with the right clout and credo, who can rescue him:
In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team.
BRATATATATATATATATATAAnd what would have happened to the reporter and his family, had he tossed his shoes at Saddam?
So perhaps, Muntazer's days of being a journalist may indeed be all over, as his footwear has been declared a lethal weapon in 29 countries. However, there are rumors that, as part of an upcoming plea bargaining arrangement, al-Zaidi in order to resume his career in Iraq, will be required to conduct all future interviews in the nude after a full body cavity search, by a woman who looks like Muqtada al-Sadr in drag.Drew at Ace of Spades offers a likely scenario: Apparently the man and his family were arrested, his wife raped in front of him and then the entire family was thrown screaming into a wood chipper.
However, we should remember that the post invasion period in Iraq has not exactly been a walk in the park for journalists there or even a late night jog at Central Park.
The Committee to Protect Journalists clarifies the dire situation for reporters:
For the sixth consecutive year, Iraq was the deadliest country in the world for the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its end-of-year analysis. The 11 deaths recorded in Iraq in 2008, while a sharp drop from prior years, remained among the highest annual tolls in CPJ history [...]
Since the beginning of the war in March 2003, 136 journalists and 51 media workers have been killed, making it the deadliest conflict for the press in recent history.
And who is this Muntazer al-Zaidi actually?
He's been derided as a Baathist, a Sadrist, and a Communist.
I know that Gateway Pundit, ITM commentators, and other Right Wing bloggers are saying that he's a Sadrist, a fan of Muqtada al-Sadr, and fond of Iran.
To tell the truth, Seventy Percent of the Iraqi Parliament is fond-of-and-in-the-tank-for-Iran, so why should he be any different?
This Shi'ite Superstar is thought of by many as a true Iraqi nationalist whose bold expression of dissent resonated with the global citizenry, the Arab world, and the Iraqi public. He's the Hero of the Arab world, the most popular man at this particular historical moment.
And he's become the Number One Arab Chick Magnet.
All the Hijab Hotties of Iraq and the Middle East swoon at the mention of his name and sing his song:
Ooo rock me al-Zaidi
Rock me al-Zaidi...
Rock rock rock rock me al-Zaidi
Rock me all the time to the top...
Come on and rock me al-Zaidi
There's even a father in Egypt, who has offered his more-than-willing daughter in marriage to the Iraqi journalist:
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian man said on Wednesday he was offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday,
The daughter, Amal Saad Gumaa, said she agreed with the idea. “This is something that would honor me. I would like to live in Iraq, especially if I were attached to this hero,” she told Reuters by telephone.Of course, Amal will have to fight off mon petit papillon, Layla of Anwar, who has more of a tingle in her legs right now for Muntazer al-Zaidi, than Chris Matthews ever did for Chairman Obama.
Yes, Layla flush with excitement, is already wearing a spicy Victoria's Secret lingerie (see below) to entice her al-Zaidi man, as she heads off to Baghdad to dance for his freedom at the Justice Ministry's Shia Torture chamber No. 1, where he's being currently held on a giant meat hook, as the torturers of the Shia Theocratic Regime, pull out his toenails one at a time.
And it certainly seems as if he's been tortured:
The investigating judge in the case said last week that Zaidi, who will stand trial on 31 December, was beaten around the face and eyes. Zaidi's brother, Uday, said the journalist suffered worse injuries, including a missing tooth and cigarette burns to his ears, and would sue.
There also appears to be strong evidence that his alleged apology to Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki was coerced and staged:
Uday al-Zaidi said his brother told him the letter was written against his will because he was subjected to torture, including being doused with cold water while naked.
A dead giveaway was the reference to Maliki as "your excellency." The only thing Maliki has proven to be excellent about, is that he excels in mediocrity and sectarianism.
Muntazer al-Zeidi, "hero of the Iraqi People" by Carlos Latuff - translation/image by Asterism
Well, the shoe-thrower's tale is so popular, that even Laura "Hijab" Bush, wife of America's First Islamist-and-shoe-ducking President weighed in on the situation:
President Bush may have been amused by the shoe-throwing incident in Iraq, but first lady Laura Bush was not. "As a wife, I saw it as an assault, and that's what it was," she told USA TODAY during an interview at the White House on Thursday. "So I didn't laugh it off."
Laura, no offense, but George was much safer than your former boyfriend. You know the one, as Debbie Schlussel tells us, you killed:
Laura Bush ran a stop sign and killed her boyfriend, into whom she crashed in an odd freak coincidence. And, yet, she never did a day of jailtime for it.
You think you or I could run a stopsign, commit vehicular manslaughter, and get away with it? Think again. It's negligence, it's manslaughter, and it's not without consequences . . . if you're one of the little people.
But, all in all, it was good to see Bush finally find his weapon(s) of mass destruction:
I think that "shoe" was "the weapon of mass destruction"
Bush attacked Iraq for. He finally found it.Hesam0000 at YoutubeYes, indeed.