Monday, March 23, 2009

The blood of the innocents

I don't know who the sculptor is, but I do know that this sculpture of a shoe, erected in the city of Tikrit, is a monument to what most Iraqis consider the greatest moment in their nation's recent history: the day last December when journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at George W. Bush at a Baghdad news conference. Was a monument, that is: the U.S.-puppet Iraqi government forcibly took it down.

Earlier this month al-Zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison for his "crime." His defense laywers have said that this is how he described his act to them: "At that moment, I saw nothing but Bush, and I felt the blood of the innocents flowing under his feet while he was smiling that smile." He is a national hero in Iraq, and an international hero as well, and no one will forget this brave brother and what he is enduring as punishment for telling the truth.