<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Why is this guy on trial and not Bush?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Why is this guy on trial and not Bush?

Muntadher al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist on trial for throwing his shoes at President Bush, said it was Bush's "bloodless and soulless smile" and his joking banter that provoked him.

Most Americans can relate to that.

"I could only see Bush and feel the blood of the innocents flow under his feet," al-Zaidi said, "as he was smiling that smile...At that moment, I felt this is the man who killed our nation...the main murderer and the main person responsible for killing our nation."

Al-Zaidi said he had no intention of killing Bush. "I was expressing my inner feelings and those of all the Iraqi people from east to west and north to south and the feelings of hatred they hold for him."

Al-Zaidi told the judge that he had wanted to humiliate Bush in the past, and that at the news conference, as Bush was listing the "gains" made in Iraq, al-Zaidi was thinking about the millions of civilians who had been killed, widowed, or displaced. He talked about the sanctity of mosques being violated, the rape of women, and daily humiliations.

"I don't know what accomplishments he was talking about," al-Zaidi said. "The accomplishments I could see were the more than 1 million martyrs and a sea of blood. There are more than 5 million Iraqi orphans because of the occupation...more than a million widows and more than 3 million displaced because of the occupation."

If it's a trial by a jury of peers, al-Zaidi should get off scot-free. When he entered the courthouse, the crowd gathered outside applauded and cheered and a woman shouted, "You hero!"



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The irony of this is that if Hussein was still in power this guy would have been beheaded.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: Maybe, but if Hussein were still in power, the guy wouldn't have had any reason to throw his shoes at Bush, would he?

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not the point.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: It may not be your point, but it is my point.

What, by the way, is your point?

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That the democratic system that the Americans forced upon Iraq is saving his neck.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: So the trillion dollars and 4,200 American deaths (so far) were worth it!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never said whether it was worth the cost. I have a valid point, just admit it.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey anonymous,

Well, you WOULD have a point, except that Iraq's "democracy" is a sham supported by only three-fifths of the country and enforced by the U.S. military. Once our troops are gone, Iraq will probably succumb to civil war and they will probably need another dictator to unite them.

So...what was your point again?

4:02 PM  

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