Sunday, December 14, 2008

Baghdad Shoe Throw

Bush moves pretty fast for an "old guy".

Unfortunately for him and those who helped restore some semblance of peace to Iraq this event is just more fodder for the legacy. Not surprisingly, the Huffposters are on a roll, spreading hope and change for a less divisive America:

As to the reporter, Muntazer al-Zaidi of al Baghdadia TV, he was allegedly kidnapped in Iraq back in November 2007:
An Iraqi TV journalist who was kidnapped last week in a busy Baghdad neighbourhood said he was released unharmed before dawn on Monday. Muntazer al-Zaidi, a correspondent for the independent al- Baghdadiya television station, said he spent more than two days blindfolded, barely eating and drinking, after armed men forced him into a car as he walked to work on Friday morning in the bustling Bab al-Sharji area of central Baghdad.
That's ripe for a few conspiracy theories, no doubt. We do know his TV network is now available online at something called Jump TV, so perhaps this was a simple publicity stunt. That would be a sign that things are really getting better over there.

MORE 12/14/08

This MSNBC article about the shoe throw is the epitome of Bush-bashing 101. Patterico has a must-see example of a shocking LA Times article on the trip that might shock you--don't miss it.

As to the fate of the shoe-thrower, Olbynetwork reports this plea from their brethren at al Baghdadia:
"The station calls on journalists all over the world to express their solidarity for the release of al-Zeidi," it said.
Shouldn't be much of a problem, guys.

SOME MORE 12/16/08

The more information trickles out, the less surprised everyone should be:
Interviews with Mr. al-Zaidi’s family and co-workers reveal a man with ties to Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and long-building anger towards the United States military presence in Iraq.
BTW, the story mentions Khalil al-Dulaimi, Saddam's old lawyer, as a possible pro bono lawyer. Whatever happened to his bombshell tell-all book?

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