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WHY I THREW THE SHOE

I am no hero. I just acted as an Iraqi who witnessed the pain and bloodshed of too many innocents

By Muntazer al-Zaidi

September 19, 2009 - The Guardian* (UK) - I am free. But my country is still a prisoner of war. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act. But, simply, I answer: what compelled me to act is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

Over recent years, more than a million martyrs have fallen by the bullets of the occupation and Iraq is now filled with more than five million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. Many millions are homeless inside and outside the country.

We used to be a nation in which the Arab would share with the Turkman and the Kurd and the Assyrian and the Sabean and the Yazid his daily bread. And the Shia would pray with the Sunni in one line. And the Muslim would celebrate with the Christian the birthday of Christ.

This despite the fact that we shared hunger under sanctions for more than a decade.

Our patience and our solidarity did not make us forget the oppression.

But the invasion divided brother from brother, neighbour from neighbour.

IT TURNED OUR HOMES INTO FUNERAL TENTS

I am not a hero. But I have a point of view. I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated; and to see my Baghdad burned, my people killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, pushing me towards the path of confrontation. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Falluja, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land.

I travelled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and heard with my own ears the screams of the orphans and the bereaved. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name, because I was powerless.

As soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies, while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the blood that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.

THE OPPORTUNITY CAME, AND I TOOK IT.

I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.

I say to those who reproach me: do you know how many broken homes that shoe which I threw had entered? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, George Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people. My rejection of his plundering the wealth of my country, and destroying its infrastructure. And casting out its sons into a diaspora.

HOMELAND DESECRATED EVERY DAY

If I have wronged journalism without intention, because of the professional embarrassment I caused the establishment, I apologise.

All that I meant to do was express with a living conscience the feelings of a citizen who sees his homeland desecrated every day.

The professionalism mourned by some under the auspices of the occupation should not have a voice louder than the voice of patriotism. And if patriotism needs to speak out, then professionalism should be allied with it.

I DIDN'T DO THIS SO MY NAME WOULD ENTER HISTORY OR FOR MATERIAL GAINS.

ALL I WANTED WAS TO DEFEND MY COUNTRY.

MUNTAZER AL-ZAIDI

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Source: The Guardian (UK) via ICH - Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23535.htm
 
At ICH you can click on 'comments' below the article, to read or post comments.

Comment:

Signature 'Hide Behind' wrote in a comment on ICH the following [edited]: "When I saw this on TV, I stood up and yelled "Right On" whereupon my better half said: 'sit down you old fool.' I told her I could not, for I had just seen one of the bravest men in world. She said 'well settle down it was just a shoe not a bomb.' Too bad.

This from a woman who accidentally ran over a dog once, and it took the rest of family a week before we could get her to smile.

Not being religious, I still found myself thinking: "God help that man" from what most assuredly he must be going through right now. This guy was not just throwing that shoe at George Bush, but all the FN US Flags and the US itself.

In the US at same time the news was saying a bunch of rich people got caught up in a Ponzi scheme to the tune of 50 billion; a scheme led by one of Wall Streets most powerful - then a media blip of 'the Bush and shoe incident' - and fast back to what's happening to GM.

THE SYMBOL OF THE SHOES?

If they do not listen to your message, go to edge of town and dust off your sandals. And where are all these FN whack jobs of the Christian Zionist sandals?

The term "give them the boot" comes from Germany originally, not England, and was used to remove unruly or disgusting individuals from a town and when they tied to enter another town the residents would ask "What happened did ..... or they give you the boot"? This remains to this day an US phrase, whenever we want to rid ourselves of an low life or political figure.

BRING OUT TRUE COURAGE

Too bad it takes those who are suffering to bring out true courage, and it is lost by snide remarks and jokes in a country that yes: just dodges those man's and his country's shoes the very same way Bush did. Said Hide Behind.

And watch out: Reportères sans Frontièrs (Reporters without Borders) which also 'protested' - and earlier was referred to - is a by the CIA and other malignant 'services' funded and 'fronting' club! - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/693g4p

Publicity - and the human rights people and their lawyers - 'saved' Muntather Al-Zaidi, and he's free again.

HOW CAN ONE BE FREE?

However: how can one be 'free' in a slaughtered, wrecked and occupied country, which in reality is a prison?

But, the whole world is watching, and he sure did the right thing.

No doubt: Muntather Al-Zaidi will always be remembered for it.

Thanks for the resistance made visible to many!

And if you have no shoes to throw?

Just wave with your left hand!

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CLAIMING AN ALIBI AND INNOCENCE

The publication of this article - in the usually warmongering Guardian - again is an example of so called 'alibi journalism.' What The Guardian with this article does, is a practice I always call 'alibi-journalism': a usually very brief attempt of 'criticism' as a cover for all the national and international genocides and other atrocities the cartel's warmachine, NATO and the israeli mercenaries everywhere commit. An 'alibi' for all the illegal inhumane actions of the 'dogs of war' they normally always defend and often advocate.

It's alleged that the war profiteers cartel's propaganda machine now owns 96% of the world's major outlets. And it's no secret that whoever controls the mass-media controls the political landscape as well. The 'brainwashers' are supposed to own and use 96% of the propaganda media. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/dafucd

And, when accountability is forced upon them, they'll refer to an article like this. It's like a 'Red Cross' or 'War Child' sticker on one's gun... Claiming an alibi and innocence.

Moreover - and for those who don't know it yet - the UK media have been controlled and censored for ages by the 'Ministry of Defense' and their so called 'military intelligence' via the infamous D-Notice. - Url.: http://www.serendipity.li/cda/dnot.html

But later on - and for instance in an honest 'International War Crimes Tribunal' or similar - they'll want some articles like these to refer to as: "We do have been critical: look at what we wrote and published!"

THAT'S THEIR TREACHEROUS 'ALIBI JOURNALISM'.

But without those war- and fear mongering computer coolies, and if they had done their job as journalists and not as compliant propagandists, NONE of the genocidal massacres and the ongoing global financial heist plus robbing of natural resources would have happened.

IF they had worked for the people as they should, and not - as now - for the owners and shareholders of the criminal cartel's global corporation. They give the impression of being clever, but they have connected the dots and sold their soul to the highest bidder.

But those deadly traitors of humanity in the media are known, and must be punished as soon as laws are valid again.

Especially since their 'reporting' is just that:

Alibi-journalism.

Shoes please!


HENK RUYSSENAARS


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