So a powerless local journalist mustered courage to throw his “size 10” shoes at the world’s most powerful man when he visited Iraq? That sounds incredible and no wonder the news spread like an inferno worldwide. Muntadar al-Zeidi, a reporter with Al-Baghdadiya TV channel is the subject of criticisms, insults and in some quarters a hero. Whatever being the case al-Zeidi was totally wrong with his actions and absolutely right with his intentions.
“This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq,” was how he summed his actions up after throwing the second shoe at the man whose decisions at the cozy White House have made Iraq ungovernable and volatile than the days of Saddam Hussein.
It is an open secret that Iraqis in general love to hate the outgoing US president – the man who snubbed the United Nations Security Council to illegally invade Iraq. The man who deceived the world that Saddam Hussein was harbouring Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). He marshaled young soldiers under the ticket of the “Coalition of the Willing” and invaded Iraq – a sovereign country. The whole world sat and watched as Saddam’s weak Iraq crumbled.
Hundreds of thousands of innocent children and women besides men lost their lives. People were thirsty and did not get water to drink, others had money but food was scarce and hospitals well packed beyond capacity. Bread winners of families died in cold blood. Dozens lost their jobs. Children got maimed and killed as shells and heavy mortals visit them in their classrooms. Iraq has never known peace since the war and it is still volatile although US combat activities have tone down.
People like al-Zeidi see such gruesome and wicked incidents daily through the power of their TV cameras. They report on it but cannot condemn the war in their own country. He is peeved. The Iraqi journalist might have acted out of anger towards the man who signed and sanctioned their invasion. Of course, there are civilized ways of registering his protest but who would take him serious if he did? After overseeing all these years of hardships in Iraq, does Bush deserve it? Watch the video and judge for yourself?
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