The Story of My Shoe, by Mutadhar al-Zaidi

You probably recall the story of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush.  He has been released early from his 3 year term for throwing the shoes (disproportionate punishment, anyone?) and given a speech explaining his action and expressing no remorse for his act of protest:

What compelled me to confront is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot….

I say to those who reproach me: Do you know how many broken homes that shoe that I threw had entered because of the occupation? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? And how many times it had entered homes in which free Iraqi women and their sanctity had been violated? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people. My rejection of his plundering the wealth of my country, and destroying its infrastructure. And casting out its sons into a diaspora.

Read the rest of this reasoned and passionate speech here.

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