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If the people of Iraq want us there why do this? this is slap in the face

BAGHDAD – When an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at George W. Bush last month at a Baghdad press conference, the attack spawned a flood of Web quips, political satire and street rallies across the Arab world.
Now it's inspired a work of art.
A sofa-sized sculpture — a single copper-coated shoe on a stand carved to resemble flowing cloth — was formally unveiled to the public Thursday in the hometown of the late Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.
Officials and visitors walked around the outdoor sculpture during the brief ceremony, pondering on its eccentricities — such as a tree poking up from the shoe's interior.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:30 AM on Jan. 30, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They don't want the U.S. there. In case you forgot - the U.S. invaded them. We weren't invited over for tea and decided to "liberate" them.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:35 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Its sculptor called it a fitting tribute to the shoe hurler, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, and his folk hero reputation in parts of the Muslim world and beyond.
    The Baghdad-based artist, Laith al-Amari, said the work honors al-Zeidi and "is a source of pride for all Iraqis." He added: "It's not a political work,"
    But its location in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, about 80 miles north of Baghdad, is a point of reference for prewar nostalgia among some Iraqis.
    The sculpture also includes an ode to al-Zeidi and mentions the virtues of being "able to tell the truth out loud."
    Al-Zeidi had shouted in Arabic as he pulled off his shoes and heaved them at Bush during the news conference. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq," screamed al-Zeidi, who was working for a Cairo-based television station.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:30 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Bush dodged both shoes, but the image was extremely powerful in Arab culture, where throwing shoes at someone is a sign of extreme contempt. Iraqis whacked a toppled statue of Saddam following the U.S.-led invasion with their shoes and slippers.
    "This monument ... will remain a present for the forthcoming generations," said Fatin Abdul-Qadir al-Nasiri, director of a Tikrit orphanage whose children helped fashion the sculpture. "(They) will remember the story of the hero (al-Zeidi) who bid farewell to the U.S. president ... in such a way.
    Al-Zeidi was scheduled to face trial last month on a charge of assaulting a foreign leader, but the court date was postponed after his attorney filed a motion to reduce the charges.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:31 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • I say it's a testament to America that this guy felt free to throw the shoe.

    Had he thrown it at Saddam, he would have been forced to watch his daughters raped and his sons tortured, his wife beheaded and then all of them thrown into a wood chipper.

    So bravo, USA!!! Hope they appreciate it!

    Or they can just devolve back into a terrorist dictatorship! Whatever!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:35 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • THEY DON'T WANT US THERE!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:33 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • I say it's a testament to America that this guy felt free to throw the shoe.

    Had he thrown it at Saddam, he would have been forced to watch his daughters raped and his sons tortured, his wife beheaded and then all of them thrown into a wood chipper.


    Exactly. My dh and many of our friends have been there, and yes, things are not good, but there is a lot more support for Americans, and a lot more appreciation for being free, combined with anger and frustration that the process is taking so long, than people think. But then again, what we see is what the news agencies want us to see, and we know that the media is never biased towards anything, and they never do sensationalistic reporting just to grab ratings.... btw - I have a bridge for sale....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:44 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • I think it will be interesting to see what happens two years from now, if Obama stays on target and pulls out the troops in the next 18 months.
    plylerjones

    Answer by plylerjones at 6:03 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

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