Friday, December 19, 2008

The shoe throwing incident in Baghdad has become what may be the defining scene from the reign of Emperor Bush II, as he tours the world, vainly hoping to leave a good smell behind him as he departs office. While his appearances in most other countries have been the occasion of riots, in Iraq he was treated to the Arab equivalent of having a bag full of shit thrown at him. In the end this may be a far more effective statement than any number of broken windows. Down Iraq way the citizens are trying to bump Greece off the headline news by constant demonstrations for the release of the journalist who hucked the fatal footware. The latest is that the Iraqi government has destroyed the "assault weapon" because the bidding for the holy hush puppies had already reached into the millions on e-Bay. Needless to say the "sole perpetrator" has become a hero to most of the Muslim world. Love that legacy Georgie !
The image of "the shoe heard round the world" has resounded here, there and everywhere. There are already two video games based on the incident. On one you get to play Bush, and points are vawarded for dodging shoes that comes faster and faster with each level. In another you get to play a secret service agent who gets points for shooting down shoes before they hit the President. Check out the links and see what you can score. On Molly's part we await a game where you get to be the shoe-thrower.
The image of the "Baghdad Boot" has rapidly become a standard in teh creative art of demonstration across continents. Here in Canada it will feature in a demonstration tomorrow in Montréal in support of Muntadar al-Zeidi, the journalist who "shot the shoe". The demo is sponsored by Block the Empire Montréal. Here's the lowdown. Come on out and "sock it to" the American Empire.
Shoes for Bush in Montreal, Dec. 20, 2008:
“This is a farewell kiss, you dog!”
In solidarity with Muntadar al-Zeidi
Bush out of Baghdad … Canada out of Kandahar!
outside the US Consulate in Montreal
(1155 St-Alexandre, métro McGill)
---> Bring extra shoes and footwear to throw! Bring noisemakers!
---> We strongly encourage all journalists to join us in this action and to throw their own shoes.

After our action at the US Consulate, we will march west along Ste-Catherine Street to Bishop Street and the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Station, where our shoe action will continue.

Along with tens of millions around the world, we celebrate the recent action of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi who hurled two shoes at US President George Bush while shouting, “This is a farewell kiss, you dog! This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq.”

We support the calls for al-Zeidi’s immediate release from detention, and denounce his abuse while in custody. And, in a simple gesture of solidarity by local anti-war activists and independent media journalists, we will gather outside the US consulate to hurl shoes in continued opposition to the US occupation of Iraq, as well as the already announced escalation of the US military occupation of Afghanistan by the incoming Obama administration (a continuation of “Operation Enduring Freedom”, launched by George Bush after September 11, 2001).

We also continue to oppose Canada’s complicity with the US-led “War on Terror”, with the Canadian Armed Forces’ military presence in Afghanistan. More Canadian troops in Afghanistan has effectively meant that more American troops have been available to occupy Iraq.

Organized by: Block the Empire-Montreal (a working group of QPIRG-Concordia)
INFO: 514-848-7583 or
Here's a couple of jokes that Molly has picked up about the incident. "Sole-Food" for the funny bone.
"I don't think Bush has dodged anything like that, well, since the Vietnam War"
-David Letterman
"Right now, they're trying to find out, they arrested the guy, trying to find out if he's a Shoe-ni or ma Shoe-ite. But it's the same old story. You hear this over and over again. A guy, a crazy guy, goes into a Payless store, he purchases a pair of Rockport shoes, and they didn't even do a background check on him"
-David Letterman
"This is the country we thought had nuclear weapons. It turns out they have a pair of size 9 Hush Puppies instead"
-Jimmy Kimmel

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