Muntadhar al-Zeidi freed early? That is the word coming out of Iraq. He is the George Bush shoe thrower who posed as a journalist at an Iraqi press conference in 2008. You all remember, sure you do. Our nimble president deftly ducked the bullet while Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq looked aghast and liberals everywhere cheered the insult to their country. See the famous shoe throwing video below.
The physical laws of the universe state that every action results in an opposite and equal reaction, or something like that if I am remembers physics studies. And so the Bush shoe thrower received a long, long prison sentence in a harsh Iraq jail where nobody complains about water-boarding or wearing panties on their heads. They have other more worthwhile concerns when the punishment fits the crime.
And so in jail, at last, equilibrium was reached in the cosmos, a fair result for Muntadhar al-Zeidi the knucklehead who was expected to emerge from Iraqi prison only a frail, drooling shell of the man he once was before. Then the world would let bygones be bygones, liberals would celebrate his parole, and we would look forward to the next anti-American liberal cause du jour.
But a funny thing happened on the way to equilibrium. Muntadhar al-Zeidi freed early! Say it ain’t so. First he insults the President of the United States, and then the Iraqis quietly release the evil doer while the current President Obama is lounging around somewhere on Ted Kennedy’s beach. This would not have happened if Ronald Reagan were still president. No sir.
As a biography, Muntadhar al-Zeidi is an Iraqi “journalist” who worked for Al-Baghdadia TV, sort of the Keith Olbermann news channel of the middle east. He was once abducted and released by terrorists who could no longer stand his company. He was also arrested twice by the US military in Iraq for snooping around where he did not belong. We should have thrown away the key while we had the chance.
But his real claim to fame came on December 14, 2008 during that Baghdad press conference when Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw a shoe at George Bush. After receiving a fair trial that was applauded universally, he received a three year prison sentence of hard labor. Now we hear the story of Muntadhar al-Zeidi freed after only one year. Shall we bomb them again?
This is a Right Pundits open talk thread where you are welcome to speak your peace. Talk about anything you like, but I’m talking about Muntadhar al-Zeidi freed from an Iraqi prison by those meanies over there.
Video: Muntadhar al-Zeidi (Bush Shoe Thrower)