A hero, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, gets free.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi is a hero. He dared to do what hundreds of millions didn’t! He did what little he could to attack George Jackass dubya BuSh.

Shoes flying, Muntadhar al-Zeidi became an instant hero across the planet and deservedly so. Shame on those who sat on comfortable chairs in peaceful countries who criticised him for not throwing a bomb or a knife instead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ6WZW1kWRw

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, I shall never tire of saying and writing his name, knew what was going to happen to him after and his expecations weren’t to be disappointed. The puppet thugs beat the crap out of him and injured him, didn’t stop there.

Here’s a copy of an Al Jazeera (English) article about the freed hero Muntadhar al-Zeidi.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/09/200991520503102628.html

 Shoe-thrower flown out of Iraq

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the television reporter jailed for throwing his shoes at George Bush, the former US president, has left Iraq after being released from prison.


Relatives of al-Zeidi celebrated his release [EPA]

He flew to Syria on a private jet on Tuesday, before heading to Greece where he will undergo medical treatment, Uday al-Zeidi, one of his brothers, said.   

Celebrated release
After being released he was met outside the jail in Baghdad by parliamentarians who support his case, his brother, said.
The authorities had asked his family not to give him a hero’s welcome, but people celebrated outside his home in central Baghdad.

 Al-Zeidi had initially been sentenced to three years for assaulting a foreign head of state, but had his sentence reduced to a year on appeal.

 

While throwing his shoes at Bush at a news conference in Baghdad in December 2008, he shouted: “It is the farewell kiss, you dog.”

Bush managed to duck the flying size 10 shoes. 

Obama warning

Speaking on Tuesday, Al-Zeidi said: “At the time that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on television that he could not sleep without being reassured on my fate … I was being tortured in the worst ways, beaten with  electric cables and iron bars.”

He said his guards had also used simulated drowning – the technique of waterboarding used by the US forces on suspects arrested over the September 11, 2001, attacks.

He told Al Jazeera: “I did this as a revenge for the victims and people killed in Iraq … now the new US politicians should deal with Arabs properly … as respectful counterparts not like slaves. I am neither afraid nor regretting what I did.”

“Today I am free again but my home is still a prison,” he added. 

The US has kept its military presence in Iraq for six and half years since it led an invasion to remove Saddam Hussein, the former president.

Al-Baghdadiya showed footage of him arriving at the station wrapped in an Iraqi flag and wearing sunglasses. The staff slaughtered at least three sheep in his honour.

Uday al-Zeidi said: “I wish Bush could see our happiness. When President Bush looks back and turns the pages of his life, he will see the shoes of Muntadhar al-Zeidi on every page.”

Huge embarrassment

Mosab Jasim, Al Jazeera’s producer in Iraq, said: “I used to go to press conferences with Muntadhar. He’s a stable man, not that radical, so I was really surprised that he did that.

“I think that, as he was listening to George Bush and the achievements he said he’d made in Iraq, for an Iraqi man who’s been reporting on the suffering of the Iraqi people, I think he just couldn’t control himself.”

Although Bush laughed off the attack, it caused embarrassment to both him and al-Maliki.

The leaders had been speaking at a joint news conference on Bush’s farewell visit to Iraq prior to being succeeded by Barack Obama, then president-elect.

Al-Zeidi faces the prospect of a very different life from his previous existence at Al-Baghdadia, a small, privately owned Cairo-based station, which has continued to pay his salary in jail.

His boss has promised the previously little-known reporter a new home as a reward for loyalty and the publicity that his actions, broadcast live across the world, generated for the station.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NoQZIosK-A

Here is what INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE says:

Iraqi Shoe Thrower Released; Says He Was Tortured

 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23497.htm

 –

 

Iraqi shoe thrower released; says he was tortured

says Associated Press
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090915/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq_shoe_thrower

Both ICH andAP articles are written by the same journalist but contain a number of differences.

 

Anyway… long live Muntadhar al-Zeidi and all those who walk in his shoes. May Allah(SWT) be happy with him.

 

 

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