Posted by Curt on 16 December, 2008 at 10:47 am. 52 comments already!

The hero to the left who threw his shoes at President Bush is a supporter of Che, and Sadr. Shocking!

Now we get more of a picture of 28-year-old Muntadhar al-Zeidi, today a hero among many other Arabs for chucking his sneakers. A visiting AP writer noted that al-Zeidi’s apartment was decked out with a poster of murderer Che Guevara, and chatted with his brother, Dhirgham:

“‘He hates the American physical occupation as much as he hates the Iranian moral occupation,’ Dhirgham said, alluding to the influence of pro-Iranian Shiite clerics in political and social life. ‘As for Iran, he considers the regime to be the other side of the American coin.’

…Al-Zeidi may have also been motivated by what a colleague described as a boastful, showoff personality.

‘He tried to raise topics to show that nobody is as smart as he is,’ said Zanko Ahmed, a Kurdish journalist who attended a journalism training course with al-Zeidi in Lebanon.

Ahmed recalled that al-Zeidi spoke glowingly of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose followers organized protests Monday to demand his release.

‘Regrettably, he didn’t learn anything from the course in Lebanon, where we were taught ethics of journalism and how to be detached and neutral,’ Ahmed said.”

Reading the description of this guy you have to note the similarities to the American left. Anti-American, has a ego the size of Manhatten, and can’t control his anger. And just like the left, is too cowardly to have thrown shoes at a real dictator like Saddam. He waits until the man who gave him the freedom to make such foolish symbolic gestures arrives and THEN does it.

Then there is news that man came away with a few broken bones:

THE Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has a broken arm and ribs after being struck by Iraqi security agents, his brother said.

Durgham Zaidi was unable to say whether his brother Muntazer had sustained the injuries while being overpowered during Sunday’s protest against President Bush’s visit or while in custody later.

He said he had been told that his brother was being held by Iraqi forces in the heavily fortified Green Zone compound in central Baghdad where the US embassy and most government offices are housed.

“He has got a broken arm and ribs, and cuts to his eye and arm,” Durgham said.

“He is being held by forces under the command of Muaffaq al-Rubaie, Iraq’s national security adviser.”

And the left is a bit upset.

They weren’t upset with shoes being thrown at the head of our President, but they are when it comes to injuries given to the man who assaulted the President.

The left never ceases to amaze me.

Anyways, the shoe thrower showed up today with those broken bones and basically pled guilty as charged:

BAGHDAD, Dec 16 (Reuters) – An Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush appeared before a judge on Tuesday and admitted “aggression against a president”, a judicial spokesman said.


“Al-Zaidi was brought today before the investigating judge in the presence of a defence lawyer and a prosecutor,” said Abdul Satar Birqadr, spokesman for Iraq’s High Judicial Council. “He admits the action he carried out.”

The court decided to keep Zaidi in custody and, after the judge has completed his investigation, it may send him for trial under a clause in the Iraqi penal code that makes it an offence to try to murder Iraqi or foreign presidents.

The sentence for such a crime could be up to 15 years jail, Birqadr said.

15 years and some broken ribs. Sounds about right to me.

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