Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shoo, Bush!

One has to wonder whether Dubya got the "message", when Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw his shoes at him in Baghdad.

al-Zeidi reportedly shouted, "This is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."

A courageous man, that journalist.

According to Associated Press reporter, Robert Reid, "Shoes hold a special place in the Arab lexicon of insults as a show of contempt - effectively saying, you're lower than the dirt on my shoes. Even sitting with the sole of a shoe pointed at another person is seen as disrespectful." (AP, December 16, 2008)

U.S. news has never continually reported the number of deaths and injuries of Iraqi citizens resulting from the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Opinion Research Business survey (2003-2007) places the number of violent deaths in Iraq at 1,033,000 as a result of the "conflict." OVER ONE MILLION. And that doesn't include 2008.

Bush's actions and "leadership" (a word I hesitate to associate with him) have resulted in the United States being hated in Iraqi.

Maybe it's time to re-read The Ugly American.


Dave Labuz said...

Well, I have an opinion, too.

At a time when the supposed casualty total was 600,000, the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, said it could only confirm 40,000.

Still 40,000 too many, but 1,000,000? Give me a break!


Richard W Gorski, M.D. said...

Why don't you let history and historians be the final judge of this President. When all the facts are disclosed to all the people in the United States and hopefully another 3000 or 30,000 or
3 million people are not killed here.

Gus said...

But it wasn't the Iraqis who were responsible for 9/11. Bushie went there to get Saddam and to jam Democracy down their throats. That's not our job, but we took it on and we aren't going to be able to finish it.