Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Brother: Iraqi shoe-hurler injured, hospitalized! Personally I believe he should be a hero so I wonder who did that? The US clandestinely? You bet!

The Iraqi shoe thrower and the Iraqi song!

Neither of the shoes thrown at President Bush during a press conference Sunday hit their mark, but the act itself continued to hit a nerve Monday, both in Iraq and in Washington. NBC's Richard Engel reports.
An Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in a fit of outrage had an arm broken in chaotic scenes when he was leapt on by Iraqi security officers, his brother said on Tuesday. TV reporter Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who called Bush a "dog" at a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, was in a hospital in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, his brother Maitham al-Zeidi said. "All that we know is we were contacted yesterday by a person — we know him — and he told us that Muntadhar was taken on Sunday to Ibn-Sina hospital," Maitham al-Zeidi said. "He was wounded in the head because he was hit by a rifle butt, and one of his arms was broken."

The brother declined to identify the source of the information and his comments could not be independently verified. Hundreds took to the streets Tuesday for a second day to demand the release of al-Zeidi, who gained folk hero status when he hurled both his shoes at Bush during a news conference Sunday in Baghdad. Al-Zeidi, whose family said he blamed Bush for the thousands of Iraqis who died after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and who has been hailed as a hero by many in the Arab world, was pounced on by security and dragged away struggling and screaming. Rallies
Many Iraqis, however, believe al-Zeidi was a hero for insulting an American president widely blamed for the chaos that has engulfed their country since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

In Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, located north of Baghdad, an estimated 1,000 protesters carried banners and chanted slogans demanding al-Zeidi's release. A couple of hundred more also protested Tuesday in Nasiriyah, a Shiite city about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, and Fallujah, a Sunni area west of the capital. "Muntadhar al-Zeidi has expressed the feelings and ambitions of the Iraqi people toward the symbol of tyranny," said Nassar Afrawi, a protester in Nasiriyah. Two years in jail? The most likely charge against al-Zeidi would be one that allowed for up to two years in prison for anyone who publicly insults a foreign state, an international organization or a foreign country's head of state, said leading criminal lawyer Ali Ahmed Mansour. "Based on my legal knowledge I am sure he will be charged with insulting a president of a foreign state," Mansour said on Tuesday. "He will be jailed for this action."

Al-Zeidi could also conceivably be charged under another clause in the 1969 Iraqi penal code that allows for seven years in prison for anyone who "insults the president or his representative", lawyers said. The court would have to view al-Maliki as the modern day equivalent of what the pre-Saddam Hussein penal code termed the president, and would also have to decide whether al-Zeidi's insult to Bush was also an insult to al-Maliki, experts said. "Which article is used will definitely be up to the investigating court to decide," said Tarq Harb, an Iraqi lawyer and recognized legal expert. "The government, executive or legislative authorities have nothing to do with it, they have no right to intervene." Lawyers said crimes referred to the courts by members of the Iraqi cabinet were overseen by a body called the "Joint Investigatory Committee," made up of U.S. officials, Iraqi federal police and Iraqi justices, and are investigated by a special judge at the Iraqi Central Criminal Court. in reality he is a hero even mine

* You really have to wonder what is really behind this guy being harmed in prison where in reality he would by any Iraqi's standard be a national hero? You can bet the long arm of the underworld US Government is behind this! I have to hope the message has been sent even though the Chief idiot laughs it off and anti Bush events pick up exponentially in Iraq in the US and around the world as his damage has just begun to show its ugly head and will get mauch worse around the w2orld even under President Obama!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Dave Dubya said...

Al-Zeidi is a hero to free people everywhere. If and when he gets out of the Bush/Maliki torture chambers, I hope he is well taken care of by generous benefactors.

I wonder what his shoes would bring on eBay?

One Fly said...

Bush is so stupid he doesn't understand why he did it. The whole world is laughing at this worst excuse ever for a president.

Welcome back!

an average patriot said...

Hey Dave
I am back cleaning up from the storm and will be back to normal soon. He is a hero and should be to all Iraqi's that is why I believe Bushco is behind his prison problems!

an average patriot said...

He never stops sickening me! Showing the bottom of your foot or the sole of your shoe is the biggest insult in Islam beyond killing you. The scum just excuses it and laughs!
I wish to God it hit him in the face! That guy is a hero, he threw those shoes well too!

Ingrid said...

However, it is dangerous to injure an Iraqi hero like that. Iraqis across sectarian lines have celebrated him for this most visible, Arabic version of the 'Up Yours!!' sign..good for him. I hope he comes out of this relatively unscathed..this was an act of the heart not being able to take it any more and can you blame him???


an average patriot said...

As you know to me the guy is a friggen hero. I wish to hell it hit Bush in the face and blew up!

Anyway that is why I do not understand him being harmed in jail or for that matter getting sentenced unless we were behind it! More BS in the lie we are living!