I’m sure you can all remember when former President George W. Bush had a shoe thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi this past December. I urge you all to take note of the bravery of that man to stand up and express a most supreme act of protest in Middle Eastern culture against the leader of the free world. Whether or not you agree with the journalist’s one year prison sentence, pay attention to what was in the man’s head. According to Wikipedia’s entry of al-Zaidi:
On November 16, 2007, al-Zaidi was kidnapped by unknown assailants in Baghdad. He was also previously twice arrested by the United States armed forces serving in Iraq.
A group of Iraqi reporters co-write a blog called Inside Iraq, owned by McClatchy newspapers and wrote a blog entry with some on-the-street Iraqi opinions of the incident. Read the blog entry and comment here with a response. Do you think al-Zaidi is hero or a criminal? Is his action justifiable in any reasoning? Note the overwhelming praise of al-Zaidi by the Iraqis in the blog post. Do you think most Iraqis think this way?