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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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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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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