A statue dedicated to the man who threw his shoes at President Bush has been erected in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
A giant sculpture of the footwear famously launched at President Bush by Iraqi journalist Muntadhir al-Zaidi was unveiled at an orphange in Tikrit, Iraq in 2009. “Those orphans who helped the sculptor in building this monument were the victims of Bush’s war,” al-Naseri said. “The shoe monument is a gift to the next generation to remember the heroic action by the journalist.” “When the next generation sees the shoe monument, they will ask their parents about it. Then their parents will start talking about the hero Muntadhir al-Zaidi, who threw his shoe at George W. Bush during his unannounced farewell visit.” 12 years after the United States barreled into Iraq with extraordinary force and a perilous lack of foresight, the country is a failed state that seemed all but inevitable during the darkest days of the war, not the model democracy the Americans supposedly set out to build.
#Iraqi #journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw a shoe at #Bush in Baghdad in December 2008.
Mr Zaidi had yelled ‘This is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq,’ as he hurled the footwear during a press conference in Baghdad. Al Zaidi’s brother claims the reporter has been beaten in custody. Muntadar al-Zaidi has suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC. In the #Muslim world, showing the sole of your shoe to someone, or throwing it, is a sign of extreme disrespect.
On Friday morning, November 16, 2007, al-Zaidi was kidnapped on his way to work in central #Baghdad . “Unknown” armed men forced him into a car, where he was beaten until he lost consciousness. On November 18, Reporters Without Borders “voiced deep concern” in a statement about al-Zaidi’s detention. He was questioned about his work as a journalist speaking about Bush & released days later. According to the UN report, “journalists and media workers and other professionals continue to be targets for kidnapping and assassination by mysterious military groups.”