Shoe Thrower Sentenced

Do you all remember back in December when the Iraqi journalist threw his shoe at President Bush?  Muntadhar al-Zeidi pleaded not guilty (his defense was that he was doing what any good citizen should do during an occupation), but was sentenced to three years in the slammer for assaulting a world leader.  I like that, “Assaulting A World Leader.”  I wonder if that’s an official conviction in a rule book somewhere:

  • Manslaughter: 12 years
  • Armed Robbery: 5 yeards
  • Assaulting a World Leader: 3 years
  • Assaulting a World Leader With Your Shoe: Priceless

People all over Iraq are angry at the judgement and are in support of not only what al-Zeidi did, but also what he said when he did it. shoe-thrower1 “This is your farewell kiss, you dog! This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”  (but in Arabic of course)  You can watch it here again and marvel at Bush’s quick dodge.  And tell me what you think…3 years for throwing shoes at our President.  Too much punishment or too little?



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2 responses to “Shoe Thrower Sentenced

  1. Much, too much punishment.

    I found your blog because wordpress linked us up on their “possibly related posts.” Finally, a post that was related!


    I feel very bad for Al-Zeidi.

    I totally believe in non-violence. But, he was expressing himself more than doing something physical. And, I say, if the shoe did not hit its mark, you can’t prove he meant to hit its mark.

    In addition, we all know George Bush is no leader…

    Thanks for your excellent and detailed post on the subject.

    Peace and struggle,
    Kimberly Wilder

  2. Harry

    too little. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an “accident” in prison. The lesson needs to be driven home “You don’t F*** with the USA.”

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