An Iraqi Idiot
I certainly hope the “reporter” who threw his shoes at outgoing-President Bush got some of that anger off his chest. Somehow I doubt it. There is an endless stream of anger in the Muslim world. This is just a circus side-show that stirs the pot a bit and will only justify more violence.
Jack Cafferty of CNN, asks the question, “What does it say about our image when a foreign reporter throws his shoes at President Bush?” My answer is simple, “How does this reporter represent the entire world?” We’re talking about one angry individual that, as we can see now, represents a small segment of the population in a very angry corner of the world. (Note that the CNN story says “hundreds” not thousands.) al-Zaidi hardly represents the world Jack.
I think we can all agree President Bush has been far from popular at home or abroad. Does this mean the entire world feels the same rage and hatred we saw illustrated in al-Zaidi? I don’t think so. If anything the shoe-throwing incident just shows al-Zaidi is an idiot. President Bush may have described it accurately when he said, “It’s one way to gain attention. It’s like going to a political rally and having people yell at you. It’s like driving down the street and having people not gesturing with all five fingers.” One thing is certain, al-Zaidi is in his 15 minutes of fame and it will be his last. His career is likely finished if the Iraqi police don’t finish him. All I can say is, I hope you enjoyed it jerk.
al-Zaidi’s anger is not unusual in that part of the globe and I suspect the Iraq War is not the only thing that has poor ol’ al-Zaidi mad. There is anger and hostility in all over the Arab world and it dates back beyond the Iraq War and even the life of the Prophet Mohammad. Will this hostility end after the June 30th withdraw of combat troops or maybe with the 2011 complete withdraw of U.S. troops in Iraq? The answer is not what anyone wants to believe; it is unlikely to end until the last infidel breathes his final breath. I’ve read the Koran and I think I understand their ultimate aim and frustration.
As for the “hundreds” of student protestors and other morons hailing this guy as a “hero” I can only say, you are fortunate it was the U.S. who invaded and not Iran. We tolerate these demostrations and grant the right to a personal opinion however wrong we might think it is. If Iran were in control these hundreds would fill a small trench in the countryside somewhere.
Islamic anger here may have many reasons but this anger goes far deeper than G.W. Bush. I hope Obama isn’t expecting to be greeted in the same “messiah-like” manner he was in France and Germany. We shall see if fools rush in.