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Shoe insult against Bush resounds in Arab world
International Herald Tribune ^ | 12/15/2008 | Timothy Williams and Sharon Otterman

Posted on 12/15/2008 4:43:52 PM PST by autumnraine

BAGHDAD: A day after an Iraqi television journalist threw his shoes at President George W. Bush at a news conference here Sunday, his act of defiance toward the American commander in chief reverberated throughout Iraq and across the Arab world.

In Sadr City, the sprawling Baghdad suburb that has seen some of the most intense fighting between insurgents and U.S. soldiers since the 2003 invasion, thousands of people marched in his defense. In Syria, he was hailed as a hero. In Libya, he was given an award for courage.

Throughout much of the Arab world Monday, the shoe-throwing incident generated front-page headlines and continuing television news coverage. A thinly veiled glee could be discerned in much of the reporting, especially in the places where anti-American sentiment runs deepest.

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1 posted on 12/15/2008 4:43:53 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: autumnraine

i do not think seven years is enough. i think he should be brought back
to the us and imprisoned for 15 to 20.


2 posted on 12/15/2008 4:46:41 PM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: autumnraine
Folks don't get out much... if that's an insult...

shrug... same reaction Bush gave the frog marcher...

3 posted on 12/15/2008 4:47:47 PM PST by xtinct (Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato)
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To: autumnraine
Throw shoe, it's OK.

Draw a picture of Mohammed, not OK.

4 posted on 12/15/2008 4:48:18 PM PST by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: autumnraine

We sent cruise missiles and smart bombs and took out two of their countries. They throw two shoes and think they are ahead.


5 posted on 12/15/2008 4:48:21 PM PST by muir_redwoods (B. O. Stinks!!!)
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To: autumnraine

Yawn ... if that’s what gets you towelheads off, then what is it the infidel Americanski’s say ... “Get a life ... “


6 posted on 12/15/2008 4:48:34 PM PST by webschooner
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To: autumnraine

The Arab world (and everyone else) has watched the Code Pinkos and other kooks disrupt events for years, and not end up dead. It didn’t take any courage at all for this idiot to scream and throw shoes; he knew he’d maybe get a slap on the wrist and the adulation of other idiots.


7 posted on 12/15/2008 4:48:36 PM PST by KJC1
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To: autumnraine

Secret Service shot have shot that son of allah right there on the spot. An attack on the POTUS is an attack on America.


8 posted on 12/15/2008 4:48:51 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: autumnraine
Imagine a reporter throwing a shoe at the leader of any one of these "Arab" countries where the reporter is being hailed as a "hero".

...Just imagine what would happen to him. Pretty gruesome to think of.

9 posted on 12/15/2008 4:48:56 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (By Obama's own reckoning, isn't Lyndon LaRouche more qualified? He's run since the 70's)
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To: autumnraine
In Libya, he was given an award for courage.

How long before Pelosi & Co. give this dude the Congressional Gold Medal?
10 posted on 12/15/2008 4:48:58 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: autumnraine

iht is published by nyt, in case it isn’t obvious.


11 posted on 12/15/2008 4:49:07 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (appeasement is collaboration.)
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To: autumnraine

Proving once again that they can’t handle freedom.


12 posted on 12/15/2008 4:50:24 PM PST by clintonh8r (For the first time in my life I'm ashamed of my country.)
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To: autumnraine

It resounds even more in American newsrooms.


13 posted on 12/15/2008 4:51:19 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: autumnraine

The Arab world can kiss my lilly white ass.


14 posted on 12/15/2008 4:51:59 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: autumnraine

15 posted on 12/15/2008 4:53:11 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: gussiefinknottle

A “hero” for throwing shoes?

The mid east is a laughing stock....IMHO....

*smile


16 posted on 12/15/2008 4:53:43 PM PST by glasseye
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To: autumnraine

Well, the United States just elected an appeaser and some asshat journalist just threw shoes at the President of the United States with apparent impunity. The next act of major league terror is coming soon to a city near you. The government will not be able to protect you. Take steps to protect yourself and your family.


17 posted on 12/15/2008 4:54:14 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (I refuse allegiance to any foreign born alleged president.)
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To: autumnraine

The arab world has found its own “Joe the Plumber”
Hamdulalah!


18 posted on 12/15/2008 4:56:31 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: autumnraine

“In Sadr City, the sprawling Baghdad suburb that has seen some of the most intense fighting between insurgents and U.S. soldiers since the 2003 invasion, thousands of people marched in his defense.”

Napalm and cluster bombs. The damnable Iraqi personnel that were supposed to provide security should be in prison.


19 posted on 12/15/2008 4:56:59 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas
"Secret Service should have.."

None in this nation are doing what should be done. Not even you or me.


20 posted on 12/15/2008 4:57:27 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: autumnraine
The real sad thing is that if this brave journalist had thrown a shoe at Saddam, he'd be dead. Throw a shoe at Bashir Assad and see how long it is before you see daylight again.

If he threw a shoe at any other Middle Eastern leader, he'd be dead, or at best, imprisoned and tortured for a good long while. And I mean real torture. Not bright lights and loud music. They'd work him over for months, until his own family wouldn't recognize him.

Being able to throw your shoe at a major leader without facing execution or savage repercussions is something no one in the Islamic world has. Iraq is the only place where they people would attempt such, dare I say, freedom of expression.

Bush is the real hero, in that he made a country this journalist can safely protest in. The Arabs can cheer all they like, but they themselves are powerless to protest against their own tyrants.

21 posted on 12/15/2008 4:57:34 PM PST by Steel Wolf (Oh, well. Back to the drawing board....)
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To: silverleaf

Yes, as soon as he’s released, Keith Odderman will be fly him to the studios for several rounds of interviews.


22 posted on 12/15/2008 4:59:02 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: All

My first instinct is to say President Bush should announce tomorrow that all American troops and equipment will be out within 30 days.

When Iran takes them over, let them throw shoes at them.

This was a failed experiment. I had hope, but now I see that you cannot make a Muslim nation a democracy. There is something lacking in the mentality.


23 posted on 12/15/2008 4:59:11 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: autumnraine

My oldest worn out filthy shoes are aimed at Damascus, Riyahd and the usual places.


24 posted on 12/15/2008 5:00:31 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find!)
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To: autumnraine

Aren’t we all just proud and glad we “saved” these people.

Where to we go get a refund. Even God is laughing at us.


25 posted on 12/15/2008 5:00:35 PM PST by edcoil (Looking for a new tagline - do you have one I can use?)
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To: autumnraine

Why would you let American foreign policy be controlled by a jackass throwing his shoes?


26 posted on 12/15/2008 5:00:46 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: Steel Wolf

The Arabs know the reality of all this, the rest is posturing. Most of their governments would fall to radicals or aggressive neighbors if we didn’t back them up. They feel powerless to what we did in Iraq which is why they act out with shoes. Those that acted out with guns are dead.


27 posted on 12/15/2008 5:03:31 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: Williams

Because it’s not just the jackass throwing the shoe, it’s the thousands of people cheering him on.


28 posted on 12/15/2008 5:03:51 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: autumnraine
This incident is great, and so is the timing. "Change has come" (to coin a phrase) to the Mideast, thanks to President Bush and the US military. Everyone knows that if a reporter (or anyone) did that to Saddam or another Mideast dictator, that person would probably be tortured so bad they'd beg to be put in the plastic shredder (to say nothing of what would happen to their family).

No longer, as evidenced by this incident. The Mideast has been changed, for the better, forever, by Bush.

P.S. - Bush sure does move quick, and he comes up smiling. Same guy that threw the post 9/11 strike at Yankee stadium. The kind of guy you want in the foxhole with you, unlike the pansy, cut-and-run Dems.

29 posted on 12/15/2008 5:04:33 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: I see my hands

“None in this nation are doing what should be done. Not even you or me.”

You and I were not there. Before he could have gotten the second shoe thrown, he should have been greased by our Secret Service. If anyone was in the line of fire, to bad. The Iraqi’s were lax to allow this person to get into this meeting. Sadr city should be leveled and Syria and Libya bombed into the pre-stone age.


30 posted on 12/15/2008 5:07:01 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: silverleaf
Joe the Plumber or...

Al the Shoe Salesman?

31 posted on 12/15/2008 5:07:08 PM PST by jaz.357 (I binge with the lunatic fringe)
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To: autumnraine

“This was a failed experiment. I had hope, but now I see that you cannot make a Muslim nation a democracy. There is something lacking in the mentality.”

I’m afraid you’re right. :(


32 posted on 12/15/2008 5:07:33 PM PST by freeagle
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To: LZ_Bayonet

Shoe toss proves Iraq now enjoys democratic freedoms. Saddam Hussein never allowed shoe tossing, ever.


33 posted on 12/15/2008 5:07:33 PM PST by Broker (COD Phlyer)
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To: jimfree

The back end of my toilet faces Mecca … there, take that Mohammed.


34 posted on 12/15/2008 5:08:31 PM PST by doc1019
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To: autumnraine

Fast becoming a Cover story to focus attn. away from Obama ?
Sorry .. I ain’t buying what the MSM IS selling . . .Mombai is the “Reverb” in the Arab world and Bush has keep us safe in the USA.
Chunking Shoes we can certainly handle with ease.
Cover Obama MSM . . QUIT trying to focus Attn. elsewhere.


35 posted on 12/15/2008 5:09:46 PM PST by 4Speed
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To: autumnraine

I would have loved it if Bush caught the shoe and threw it back.


36 posted on 12/15/2008 5:13:04 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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To: KJC1

I thought immediately that he probably knows some of the Code Pink leaders personally.


37 posted on 12/15/2008 5:15:40 PM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Weathermen Project.)
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To: autumnraine

If I were Obama I would be very concerned over this development. It shows a total failure of the security protecting the US president. Where was the Secret Service? What if the idiot had thrown a knife, shot a gun at the president, thrown a bottle filled with acid, and what if Bush had been hurt? It would have created an international incident.

The picture of this guy makes him look like a typical stupid liberal in America, his laughing face reminds me of the morons who post on Huffpo daily: glad when Sarah Palin’s church is burned down, but irate if Obama is asked a difficult question on the Blago situation.


38 posted on 12/15/2008 5:15:44 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: LZ_Bayonet

I had to laugh.
He moved like a guy that had shoes thrown at him before:’)


39 posted on 12/15/2008 5:16:29 PM PST by CindyDawg (Lord, please bless America)
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To: webschooner; autumnraine
> ...if that’s what gets you towelheads off...

Now, now, we know that's not polite, or politically correct.

Besides, that thing on their heads is not a "towel". It's actually a small folded cloth, like a miniature bed-sheet. For the sake of accuracy, you really shouldn't call them "towelheads".

You should call them "little sheet-heads"....

[snort]

40 posted on 12/15/2008 5:17:01 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: doc1019
The back end of my toilet faces Mecca … there, take that Mohammed.

The mid east is, and always will be a toilet that faces mecca.

41 posted on 12/15/2008 5:17:05 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 40)
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To: muir_redwoods

ROFLAMO!!!!

We have a winner!


42 posted on 12/15/2008 5:17:45 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: ikka

In a Civil Islamic way, the only appropriate response is to nuke the Hadj, Tehran and probably London.


43 posted on 12/15/2008 5:18:10 PM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Williams

Good point.


44 posted on 12/15/2008 5:19:58 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: glasseye
A “hero” for throwing shoes?

And failing... Actually, it is a pretty good illustration of the Arab world.
45 posted on 12/15/2008 5:20:33 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: autumnraine
Muzzies are weird.

Of course, I probably would have laughed my ass off if Dubya had returned fire with a pork chop and hit that moron right between the eyes.

46 posted on 12/15/2008 5:20:39 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (For more information on America's "new direction" read The Road to Serfdom. by Friedrich A. Hayek.)
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To: Sola Veritas
“have shot that son of allah right there on the spot. An attack on the POTUS is an attack on America.”
>>>>>>>>>............
Sorry but they are only allowed to shoot American Citizens..all others off limits ..babies in mothers Arms at ruby ridge kinda stuff..
47 posted on 12/15/2008 5:20:48 PM PST by shadowgovernment (From the Ashes of a Republican rout will raise a Conservative Party)
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To: autumnraine

Yeah, I’m not getting it...maybe if he had put some dog crap in a bag and set it on fire outside of Bush’s door or maybe teepeed a tree in the front yard...


48 posted on 12/15/2008 5:20:53 PM PST by davius (You will eventually become what you think about most. Tehran Delenda Est)
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To: gussiefinknottle

At a minimum we should make him wear panties on his head.


49 posted on 12/15/2008 5:21:35 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: autumnraine
President Bush should have quipted:
"...That really hurt! I'm going to have a lump there, you idiot.
Who throws a shoe!? Honestly, you fight like a woman!"

50 posted on 12/15/2008 5:21:35 PM PST by anymouse
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