As everyone knows by now, Muntadar al-Zeidi, an Iraqi journalist, threw a shoe at the Commander in Chimp, George W. Bush:
My first reaction: Wow, Bush actually has some pretty good reflexes! That dude would have beaned me right between the eyes!
Interestingly, the pro-Bush set has been spinning this affair as a triumph of US-style Western democracy. Faux News, the Western Standard and even my internet friend Rondi see a deep comparison here between the post-Us invasion Iraq and the Saddam era Iraq. They argue that Saddam would have “disappeared” the dude, tortured then executed him. Bush, meanwhile, waved away his personal security and let Iraqi security usher the gentleman away. In a Western democracy, you see, we have the freedom to dissent.
Well, the story does not end there. The dude disappeared. In this article, we see a photo of his son holding up a picture of his father, with that classic, “where is he?” sad look on his face.
Then came word that the dude was being held in military custody since, you know, his crime was one of armed insurrection.
Then we heard that the tosser was being beaten (i.e., tortured) in custody. Shades of Saddam, anyone?
Today we learn that Shoe Tossing Dude finally was seen by a judge and charged (and seemingly convicted) of the crime of “insulting a foreign leader”.
So… if he had thrown a shoe at Saddam, would he be dead today? Quite possibly. So in that sense the pro-Bushites are correct. On the other hand, it’s not like he was given a lawyer, released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to be arraigned. No, he was thrown into a military jail and beaten.
But on the third hand… (or as we skiffy nerds say, “on the gripping hand”) let’s not forget why he threw the shoe in the first place. It was because he (and I, and billions of others around the world) hold Bush personally responsible for the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. So let’s not forget Chimpzilla’s war crimes as we sink in a huff over whether Saddam would have killed a shoe tosser. Bush deserves more than a shoe tossed at him; he deserves a subpoena and a jail cell in the Hague.
Speaking of Shrub Jr, check this out:
BUSH: One of the major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were going to take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hoping to take-
RADDATZ: But not until after the U.S. invaded.
BUSH: Yeah, that’s right. So what? The point is that al Qaeda said they’re going to take a stand. Well, first of all in the post-9/11 environment Saddam Hussein posed a threat. And then upon removal, al Qaeda decides to take a stand.
So what?! What a fucking meat head.
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Can you believe it? Oy vey!