Iraqi Shoe Thrower to Walk Out of Prison Early
The Iraqi journalist who made international headlines when he threw his kicks at former President George W. Bush will be released from prison early for good behavior, his lawyer told the Associated Press.
Muntadhar al-Zeidi's hilarious outburst during a press conference made him a hero
across the world with people who were angry at the U.S. invasion of Iraq -- but also
got the 30-year-old reporter sentenced to one year in jail for assaulting a foreign leader.
Karim al-Shujairi, the shoe hurler's attorney, said his client will be released on
Sept. 14th after three months were chopped off his sentence. "We have been
informed officially about the court decision," al-Shujairi told The Associated
Press in a telephone interview. "His release will be a victory for the free and
honorable Iraqi media."
al-Zeidi's act of defiance was captured on video that became an internet sensation and showcased his accurate shoe throwing skills, along with Bush's respectable reflexes as the former president successfully ducked and dodged the shoes. "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" al-Zeidi shouted before being restrained. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
In retrospect, that whole thing about "installing a liberal democracy in Iraq" should have been better-defined. Little did we know they would take it literally by releasing dangerous terrorists into the populace like this.
Really, Iraq? Really? The man gives 25 million of your countrymen the sweet sweet nectar of liberty, and you use it not to create great works of art, not to become the first Middle East nation to achieve gender equality, not even to question your President's legitimacy, but to send the signal that disrespecting your savior is just peachy in Iraq.
Listen up, Iraq. We've mollycoddled you for several years now, but now daddy's home and the belt is coming off. You better shape up. We didn't raise you to act the fool and embarass us in front of the rest of the world.
If you know what's good for you, you'll keep this guy in the deepest, darkest hole you have. And you'll get on your knees and thank Muhammad that he sent George W. Bush (may all blessings shower upon his head!) to deliver you from tyranny.
We brought you into the land of freedom, and we can take you back out. Don't think we won't, either. Just ask Chile.