Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes at Bush, Calls him "DOG"!
BAGHDAD (AFP) — An Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes and an insult at George W. Bush, without hitting him, as the US president was shaking hands with the Iraqi premier at his Baghdad office on Sunday.It's quite an experience to watch the most arrogant and incompetent yet most powerful man in the world DUCKING for cover!
As the two leaders met in Nuri al-Maliki's private office, a journalist sitting in the third row jumped up, shouting: "It is the farewell kiss, you dog," and threw his shoes one after the other towards Bush.
Maliki made a protective gesture towards the US president, who ducked and was not hit.
The journalist, Muntazer al-Zaidi from Al-Baghdadia channel which broadcasts from Cairo, was frogmarched from the room by security staff, an AFP journalist said.
Soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture. After Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled in Baghdad in April 2003, many onlookers beat the statue's face with their soles.
Some Iraqi journalists stood up to apologise.
The White House said Bush ducked to avoid the first shoe, while the second narrowly missed the president.
Bush said: "Thanks for apologising on behalf of the Iraqi people. It doesn't bother me. If you want the facts, it was a size 10 shoe that he threw".
Playing down the incident, the president later added: "I don't know what the guy's cause is... I didn't feel the least bit threatened by it."
--Iraqi journalist hurls shoes at 'dog' Bush
The journalists have nothing to apologize for. Bush invaded THEIR country. Bush should apologize to them and to the world.
If an asshole like Bush had invaded my country, I would have shot the bastard --given half a chance. I would have shot to kill. As William Pitt, Earl of Chatham said at Parliament during the American revolution:
If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms,—never! never! never!--William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, Speech, Nov. 18, 1777Some free 'shoe throwing' advice: if you get a chance to throw the second shoe, anticipate the duck and throw a bit lower. Let the so-called 'pResident' duck INTO the shoe!