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Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush asks for pardon
Associated Press Writer ^ | Dec 18 10:20 AM US/Eastern | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA

Posted on 12/18/2008 9:38:27 AM PST by Mr. K

BAGHDAD (AP) - A spokesman for Iraq's prime minister says the journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush has asked for a pardon. Spokesman Yassin Majid says that in a letter sent Thursday to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the journalist described his behavior as "an ugly act" and asked to be pardoned. Majid says that Muntadhar al-Zeidi in the letter recalls the kindness the prime minister once showed him during an interview in 2005 and asked for al-Maliki to show him kindness once again. Al-Zeidi, a correspondent for an Iraqi-owned television station based in Cairo, Egypt, could face two years imprisonment for insulting a foreign leader. Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: pardon; shoe
If they pardon him we should immediately remove all forces.

I raqi's should be DOWN ON THEIR KNEES ASKING FORGIVENESS FOR THIS LUNATICS ACTIONS and THAKNING US FOR SAVING THEM FROM SoDamn Hinsane

1 posted on 12/18/2008 9:38:28 AM PST by Mr. K
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To: Mr. K

What punishment does the Koran suggest for throwing shoes at a powerful leader?


2 posted on 12/18/2008 9:39:56 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Mr. K

TOUGH SHI.....uh, I mean ‘tough shoe’!


3 posted on 12/18/2008 9:40:59 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Mr. K

Loafer.


4 posted on 12/18/2008 9:43:33 AM PST by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now.)
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To: Mr. K
This guy was probably one of the millions who danced in the streets of the Middle East on 9/11 celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center.
5 posted on 12/18/2008 9:43:33 AM PST by BenLurkin (mornie utille mornie alantie)
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To: Mr. K

I beg his PARDON!!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 12/18/2008 9:44:13 AM PST by JFC
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To: Mr. K
The request is not genuine.

This shoe thrower will spend the rest of his life as a hero to Allah.

He will be an honored guest at every mosque. This pardon is for the west. The muslims love what he did.

7 posted on 12/18/2008 9:46:21 AM PST by highpockets
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To: BenLurkin
If he danced in the streets in 2001, it may have been on Saddam's orders. If not for the US invasion, he could have been one of Saddam's victims by now, but that doesn't enter his head.

He needs a pardon so he can come to the US to host his nightly show on MSNBC.

8 posted on 12/18/2008 9:50:26 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Military family member
If the powerful leader isn't a muslim, a muslim can do whatever they want with impunity.

Islam is a form of Satanism.

9 posted on 12/18/2008 9:52:06 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Mr. K
Muntadhar al-Zeidi in the letter recalls the kindness the prime minister once showed him during an interview in 2005 and asked for al-Maliki to show him kindness once again.

It isn't Maliki he offended. Its Bush and the United States. So unless he is prepared to ask us for forgiveness, its meaningless.

Two years in prison is silly. A month or two waiting for trial is about right.

10 posted on 12/18/2008 9:54:22 AM PST by marron
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To: Mr. K
Unlike Saddam, be merciful to him: Feed him head-first into a fast plastic shredder.
11 posted on 12/18/2008 9:59:42 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Every few generations the really, really bad ideas come back around for another go."--Howard Tayler)
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To: Mr. K

“I’ve done a lot of “sole” searching and I’d really like to “heel” my rift with the President”


12 posted on 12/18/2008 10:02:44 AM PST by almcbean
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To: Mr. K

Bush should just throw a shoe at this guy....


13 posted on 12/18/2008 10:07:01 AM PST by VanillaBlizzard (Welcome to the USSA (United Socialist States of America))
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To: Mr. K
Fox news showed some pictures of the thrower's home (?), including a portrait of Che.
Within days of the shoe throwing there is rumor of a coup, planned, thwarted, or carried out, in Baghdad.
Barry dismissed the importance of Iraq throughout his campaign and I'm sure his overseas cousins took due note.
Oh, yeah...wagging the dog might be an apt response to current Illinois political currents.

I'm wondering if Biden's "engineered crisis" is shaping up already.

14 posted on 12/18/2008 10:07:33 AM PST by norton
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To: Mr. K
“...a correspondent for an Iraqi-owned television station..”

who else owns television stations over there?? I thought all Islamic countries own all the stations.

15 posted on 12/18/2008 10:11:35 AM PST by elpadre (nation)
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To: Dr. Thorne

flip-flop-er


16 posted on 12/18/2008 10:19:00 AM PST by woollyone ("When the tide is low, even a shrimp has its own puddle." - Vance Havner)
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To: Mr. K

Pardon the guy, get over it. Show that the US is bigger than a guy throwing a shoe. We did it once already (Khruschev).


17 posted on 12/18/2008 10:21:50 AM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Mr. K

Sentenced to house arrest and a 2-year job at Lady Foot Locker. He has to wear that referee shirt, too.


18 posted on 12/18/2008 10:28:57 AM PST by pogo101
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To: domenad

I’m with you, or at least, Bush should publicly ASK that shoe-moron not be prosecuted.

I’m tempted to suggest that Bush add, derisively, a la Austin Powers, “Who throws a shoe? Honestly. He fights like a woman.”


19 posted on 12/18/2008 10:36:07 AM PST by pogo101
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To: Angry Write Mail

My understanding is that Secret Service was effectively told, “Go stand in the back room [several seconds away from POTUS]. No, we won’t do things your way. You’re in Iraq and we’re the Iraqi prime-minister’s security detail, so you’ll do it our way. Buzz off.” Bush decided to proceed with less-than-Secret-Service-level security. It happens from time to time when POTUS is abroad.


21 posted on 12/18/2008 10:56:05 AM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

Heheheh. A provisional pardon, provided the reporter accepts a crate full of Tinactin and uses it regularly.


22 posted on 12/18/2008 11:01:01 AM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Mr. K

This is so very typical of the Arab mindset. Talk a big game, throw the first punch...but when you start getting your arse kicked, beg for a time out/forgiveness/ceasefire etc. Screw you, shoe thrower.


23 posted on 12/18/2008 11:25:27 AM PST by j-damn
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To: Mr. K

Fine, but the President gets two free throws also. Now, kindly stand by this podium....


24 posted on 12/18/2008 11:27:47 AM PST by Larry Lucido (Sorry, all out of free Brightsides and Lazamatazes. If you took two, please return one.)
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To: Military family member

What punishment does the Koran suggest for throwing shoes at a powerful leader?
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Considering that throwing shoes there is regarded in about the same way as throwing feces here, if he had thrown shoes at Saddam...well, let’s just say I don’t even want to think about it.


25 posted on 12/18/2008 11:27:51 AM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: Mr. K
Dear Saddam,

I'm sorry for throwing a shoe at you.

Saddam: Put him in the meat grinder feet first!

26 posted on 12/18/2008 11:47:01 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: Mr. K

Hang him upside down by his feet, then whip his feet a thousand times with a cane. Then his request for forgiveness would sound genuine.


27 posted on 12/18/2008 11:47:50 AM PST by roadcat
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To: domenad
Pardon the guy, get over it. Show that the US is bigger than a guy throwing a shoe. We did it once already (Khruschev).

Yes I agree, it also refutes the notion of the show throwing being a horrible insult. Severely punishing the guy reinforces the notion.

28 posted on 12/18/2008 1:13:52 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Mr. K

Give him what the penalty is in Iraq ! And of course pull his licensee for being at any important news conferences. He can’t stop from throwing stuff . Uh electroshock therapy anybody ???


29 posted on 12/18/2008 1:26:41 PM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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