Iraqi shoe thrower sparks controversy
Some call his act heroic, others shameful. What do you think?
December 16, 2008 6:13 by Dana El Baltaji
Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the now famous Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at the United States President George W. Bush at a press conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad, has sparked a controversy. Although his sentiments are shared among millions of Iraqis and Arabs, so call his act shameful and unbecoming of an Arab journalist.
Reports on Monday and Tuesday said the Iraqi public called for the release of al-Zaidi, who they call an “honorable Iraqi.” He is currently being held by the government to determine whether he was intoxicated during the attack, and if he is part of a larger organization. “He has got a broken arm and ribs, and cuts to his eye and arm,” al-Zaidi’s brother, Dhirgham al-Zaidi told AFP. “He is being held by forces under the command of Muaffaq al-Rubaie,” Iraq’s national security adviser.
According to al-Zaidi’s brother, the act was a spontaneous show of pent up frustration he felt since the US invasion. The act is representative of how millions of Iraqis feel toward the “tyrant,” he said.
Muntadhar al-Zaidi was once kidnapped once by militants and was taken in for ‘questioning’ by the US military.
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