Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"What has been lost in all of the discussion about the shoe throwing incident in Iraq is the right of the man to throw his shoes at a visiting head of state."

No, this is not another satirical post, it is a verbatim excerpt from a right wing blog. As amusing as watching Bush dodge the shoes of an Iraqi journalist was watching right wingers dodge the questions raised by such an incident is even more entertaining. Muntadhar al-Zaidi's case has revealed the deep unpopularity of the U.S "democratization" of Iraq, the discrepancy between the positions of the Iraqi government and the views of its people, and the flaws in that nation's justice system. After Zaidi hurled his shoes at Bush and called the President a dog, in retaliation for the Iraqis killed in the President's war, he was hailed on the street as a hero by Iraqis of all sects. In prison he was tortured and made to write a phony apology letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki. Does this sound like a democratic government that respects human rights?

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