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.
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?