"Tässä jäähyväisuudelma, sinä koira ! "
Muntazer al-Zaidi jumped up as Bush held a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, shouted "It is the farewell kiss, you dog" and threw his footwear.
Ilmeisesti irakilaisilla on edelleen voimavaroja osoittaa maailmalle mitä yleisesti ollaan mieltä Yhdysvaltain Bush-hallinnon viime vuosien toimista. Ja tämä symbolinen ele toimi.
Vaikka itse en allekirjoita väkivaltaa niin tässä tavallaan koko irakin toimittajakunta sai hienosti kertaheitolla takaisin koskemattomuutensa.
David Swanson kirjoittaa tapahtuneesta näin:
I don't advocate violence, even in response to violence, much less as substitution for words, and yet it seems to me that al-Zeidi has restored the good standing of journalists in the world. He's punctuated his brief editorial with a statement in the universal language of television.
The question we should really ponder is not why al-Zeidi could be so impolite as to throw his shoes at Bush, but why the dozens of other shoes in the room remained on people's feet, why no foot odor ever purifies the air at a White House press conference, why a man who throws his shoes at our president is more popular with the people I've spoken to here in O'Hare Airport in Chicago than our president himself.
Eli suomeksi: kenkänsä heittänyt irakilaismies on tällä erää Chicagossa suositumpi kuin itse presidentti Bush.
Päivitys: Karl Schwarz kirjoittaa asiasta näin:
Thank you, Muntadhar Al-Zeidi for standing up as a patriot of the Iraq nation. IF the American people would show such grit and courage this Iraq tragedy could be brought to a speedy end, would have been brought to an end long ago.
- Thousands of Iraqis came out in the streets in support of the man brave enough to hurl two shoes at the man who destroyed his and their nation, George W. Bush. It has gone further than that because Arabs in other lands, long since fed up with the one-sided US-Israel policy of the Middle East have also came out in support of Mr. Al-Zeidi.
Even the Muslim populations in the EU and UK have come out in support of this reporter.