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Giant Shoe Honors Journalist Who Targeted Bush 60

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-get-no-respect dept.
A town in Iraq has unveiled a giant monument in honor of the journalist who threw his shoe at former US President George W. Bush. The statue, unveiled in former dictator Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, depicts a bronze-colored shoe, filled with a plastic shrub. Fatin Abdul Qader, head of an orphanage and children's organization in the town, said the one-and-a-half-ton monument by artist Laith al-Amiri was titled "statue of glory and generosity." This statue is the least expression of our appreciation for Muntazer al-Zaidi, because Iraqi hearts were comforted by his throw." Mission accomplished.

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Giant Shoe Honors Journalist Who Targeted Bush

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  • Would anyone like to even take a guess at how much trouble Mr. Shoe Thrower is in?
    • by Skreems (598317)
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/22/iraq-georgebush [guardian.co.uk]
      http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/12/2008121618330140949.html [aljazeera.net]
      He's been imprisoned and tortured, possibly including having his hand broken. Then forced to write a "confession" in which he reveals that a well-known unnamed terrorist talked him into it (yeah right). Hooray for the new republic!
      • by Kagura (843695)
        I'm not trying to be a troll. How else can I express it than, "What did you expect from a society that can't even handle Saddam Hussein's execution in a humane and respectful manner?" With the exception of maybe the US and maybe a couple European nations, every single nation on earth has a torturing apparatus as an official or de-facto part of their government.
        • It's sad really. Bush is like, "These things happen in a free society.. heh." The authorities there think different. Bush couldn't give half a shit who throws a shoe at him; if you come up to him fists in the air he'll probably try to go head on with you, and get slightly confused when the secret service jumps you. "Aww, what? I could'a took him!"
        • by Ocker3 (1232550)
          your lack of understanding of nations around the world astounds me. may I be the first of many from the Plethora of nations around the globe who don't allow torture to call you a nincompoop. "not the USA" and/or "Not in Europe" != freedom hating electrode-wielding prison officials. (no offense to electro-BDSM practitioners, just remember those safe words).
        • Maybe the US?

          Obviously you don't pay attention- the US doesn't torture because the Bush administration was allowed to legally define torture to exclude our "enhanced interrogation" techniques. No matter that under the Nuremberg Tribunal we convicted Nazis for using those same techniques; we don't torture because we use a moving definition of torture.

          The US is also directly responsible for Hussein's execution. We "can't" release many Guantanamo detainees back to their home countries because of fears
          • by Kagura (843695)

            Obviously you don't pay attention- the US doesn't torture because the Bush administration was allowed to legally define torture to exclude our "enhanced interrogation" techniques. No matter that under the Nuremberg Tribunal we convicted Nazis for using those same techniques; we don't torture because we use a moving definition of torture.

            What techniques are alleged to be conducted at Gitmo that the Nazis were convicted for? I can't find anything online.

            The US is also directly responsible for Hussein's execution.

            Reread my original post, and read the end of the second paragraph here [wikipedia.org].

            • A quick Googling doesn't come up with any German names attached to what the Gestapo called VerschÃrfte Vernehmung (enhanced interrogation techniques). Looking a bit farther brings you to the International Tribunal for the Far East (we took the Nuremberg playbook to Japan), and Japanese were convicted for waterboarding Americans.

              Our legal system (military and civil) has dealt with and rejected waterboarding repeatedly. From the court martial of Major Edward Glenn, to United States v. Parker et al,
  • If the shoe fits... So what happened to the guy?
  • Food for thought (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Stormwatch (703920) <rodrigogirao&hotmail,com> on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @01:22AM (#26705617) Homepage
    What if someone had tossed a shoe against Saddam Hussein?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      He would have been tortured, forced into a sham trial, and executed.
      Contrast to nowadays, when he is being tortured [wikipedia.org], forced into a sham trial [wikipedia.org], and probably not executed.
      Progress!

      • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        He would have been tortured, forced into a sham trial, and executed.

        You call that torture? Try: major fractures, deep burns by fire or corrosive products, amputations, eye-gouging, being thrown alive into an industrial-sized grinder... and don't bother with a trial at all.

        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          According to a Mistress of Saddam's [people.com], he also liked to watch videos of his enemies being tortured. During the viewings he'd be smoking a cigar and wearing a cowboy hat while laughing out loud.

          It's not much of a stretch to think that he did something similar when he gassed a lot of Kurds...

  • Torn down already (Score:5, Informative)

    by TiberSeptm (889423) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @01:36AM (#26705711)
    This has already been torn down by order of local authorities as of Jan 30th. They didn't even care that it was built with the help of orphans- although maybe they were taking a tough stance against child labor.
    • Freedom of speech? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by jonaskoelker (922170) <jonaskoelker&gnu,org> on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @01:56AM (#26705835) Homepage

      "Let's go to Iraq and export our democratic American values"
      "Hey, they're building a statue that says something that offends us"
      "Hey, that statute reminds us of violent attacks on rulers"
      "Let's tear down this statue, we don't like what it says"

      Export democratic values my $DONKEY

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        "Let's go to Iraq and export our democratic American values"

        I thought the real reason for going to Iraq was to look for WMD's... ...and they finally found one! Phew, think about the smell of that one...

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by sumdumass (711423)

        Like many people in your situation, you are infering too much.

        First, the US didn't tear down the shoe, Iraq did. Second, it isn't like the same hasn't happened elswhere in the world when the things are created on other people's propery, without permits, unsafe and so on.

        Bush is out of office. You can drop the act now.

        • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward

          It is not an act. It is full-blown BDS. I fear it cannot be cured. Even the healing touch of the Obamessiah may be unable to lift such an affliction.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by vux984 (928602)

          First, the US didn't tear down the shoe, Iraq did.

          What's the difference. The Iraqi government was established by and exists at the sufferance of the US.

          If we didn't like what they were doing, we'd topple it and install someone else.

          Indeed, that is PRECISELY what happened to the last Iraqi government.

          • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

            by Anonymous Coward

            "The Iraqi government was established by and exists at the sufferance of the US."

            Sounds like the West German government after WWII.

          • by sumdumass (711423)

            Actually, no. The Iraqi government exists at the sufferance of the people of Iraq. The Iraqi populace put the government in place and elected every individual serving. The US provided the frame work for a Democratic Government to emerge instead of a dictatorship with the provisional government but that has been long gone. The Iraqi government that created the constitution was even not only elected, the constitution itself was put to the people to approve. Your a complete and total fool if you think otherwis

            • "Elected" (or "referendum") does not mean "democratic" in all places, least of which is Iraq, where Saddam Hussein was often "elected" with 100% of the vote.

              Hamas was also "elected". And also shot all opposition in Gaza.

              What the people of Iraq voted for, in all likelihood, was "It's getting worse, God make it stop, I'll do anything - sacrifice a chicken, donate to the mosque, vote 'yes' to this complex political document which I, who have never read it, am probably not literate enough to understand if I saw

              • by sumdumass (711423)

                "Elected" (or "referendum") does not mean "democratic" in all places, least of which is Iraq, where Saddam Hussein was often "elected" with 100% of the vote.

                Hamas was also "elected". And also shot all opposition in Gaza.

                And that doesn't really mean jack here. There were multiple candidates, multiple news organizations reporting on them and as of now, multiple elections as their own sovereign nation.

                What the people of Iraq voted for, in all likelihood, was "It's getting worse, God make it stop, I'll do a

      • The Burning Bush smiles , his heart is black and oily, brown shoe flies in vein!
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Dun Malg (230075)

      This has already been torn down by order of local authorities as of Jan 30th. They didn't even care that it was built with the help of orphans

      The issue was that it was erected on the grounds of a state-run orphanage. Officials determined that overt political statements ought not be on government property.

  • Too bad (Score:3, Funny)

    by Mistshadow2k4 (748958) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @02:24AM (#26706023) Journal
    It would've been better to leave the statue up. It would have served to scare away giant cockroaches and other crawling insects.
  • by ShakaUVM (157947)

    At UCSD, we already have one of those things.

    It commemorated Bush's catline reflexes 12 years before it happened. UCSD is very progressive.

    http://stuartcollection.ucsd.edu/StuartCollection/Murray.htm [ucsd.edu]

    • by Muad'Dave (255648)

      UCSD is very progressive.

      Yeah, but your artists suck. I thought is was a red rubber ducky.

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