The Shoe Incident: Project 3A

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?

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5 responses to “The Shoe Incident: Project 3A

  1. Brad Durkin

    I think this guy did a huge disservice for the world of journalists. I know in his customs, throwing a shoe is an insult, but when you throw a shoe at The President of the U.S. I feel you have crossed the line. This man should not be charged with “insulting a foreign leader” He should be charged with assault. If I throw a shoe at a grandmother in the grocery market, I would go to jail for assault amoung other things. The guy is lucky that the secret service didnt pump two rounds into his chest in the middle of the room. Prison sentence = LIFE in SOLITARY!

  2. Certainly it’s not proper behavior for a journalist, or anyone. Yet he is admirable in my book because he dared to follow through with something no one else had done but i’m sure wanted to do. I agree with one of the Iraqui quotes, that his shoe should go in a museum, it is a memorable event, deplorable or not.

  3. dstaplet

    Reading the Iraqi blog, I couldn’t help but laugh. They sound moronic laughing and supporting the journalist who through a shoe at Bush. Do they really think throwing a shoe at somebody proves a point, gets him back for “killing Iraqis”, as some of them wrote, etc? If I had a kindergarten age child this would be an incident I would expect, and yet it happened with the president and a journalist. Although I think the whole thing is ridiculous, any viloent act towards the president can’t be ignored and I think the guy should deffinetly do jail time…and would probably benefit from some anger management!

  4. samares1

    I dont think this guy was a hero opr a criminal. He should have calm done rather than letting his anger get the best of him. Journalist are suppose to act professional and him throwing a shoe at the president was not going to do anything or even prove a point. He just made himself and journalist look bad.

  5. Rich

    I think this was hilarious. I laughed real hard when i saw it on TV originally. This shows the common views of some journalists about President Bush and his Administration. Lucky for Bush that it was only a shoe, and a pretty good reaction time for him to get his head out of the way!
    -Rich

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