Remember that journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush, Muntadhar al-Zaidi? He has just demonstrated that peace and unity are possible in Iraq (hat tip to Phoenician in time of Romans).
I’m not going to duplicate PintoR’s post, but this is great. It shows that Iraqis cannot just be Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Kurds, Turkmen, Arabs, Armenians, or Persians. It shows that Iraqis can be Iraqis.
And like PintoR, I’d like to wish Muntadhar al-Iraqi well, too.
Yesterday, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at George W. Bush and shouted “This is a farewell… you dog!” In the Arab world, throwing shoes at someone is a major way to insult them. In the aftermath, the journalist has been jailed pending a decision about whether to charge him with assault. Jill at Feministe put it well:
…And because U.S.-occupied Iraq is such a free society, the man was beaten, dragged outside, and is currently jailed.
As far as I can tell, unless jury nullification or something similar exists in Iraq, if it goes to trial Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s conviction is pretty likely as there is a videotape of the incident.