Thoughts on Muntazer al-Zaidi, shoe thrower
Talk about the death of outrage. Shoes are thrown at the president of the United States, and the shoe thrower is hailed as a hero. Can you imagine what would’ve happened to Muntazer al-Zaidi if he’d thrown a shoe at Saddam Hussein while Hussein still had his stranglehold on power in Iraq? al-Zaidi in no time probably would’ve become fish food. Or he probably would’ve learned what certain body parts of his tasted like.
Yes, I’m aware of the cultural differences and how throwing a shoe at someone is an insult over there, but does that justify it? Can you imagine what would happen to a reporter if they threw a shoe at Barack Obama or Bill Clinton?
Any Americans who think this is great should be ashamed of themselves.
For thoughts on this from a writer’s perspective, go to my other blog at www.richardzowie.wordpress.com.