[Marxism] Armed with a shoe, Iraqi journalist inspires resistance
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Wed Dec 17 17:25:51 MST 2008
An excellent piece by Iraq war vet and antiwar activist Michael Prysner:
Al-Zaidi knew full well that he would face severe consequences, but he
was determined to give a voice to those who have suffered. Sitting just
a few feet away from the man who, for so many, has been the incarnation
of the war policy that killed over 1 million Iraqis, and maimed and
displaced millions more, al-Zaidi burst Bush’s bubble and effectively
ruined his end-of-term victory parade. Who would have thought that the
disdain and hatred felt for Bush all over the Arab world and, for that
matter, across much of the globe, would fit into a single shoe?
Al-Zaidi did not throw his shoe at Bush, an individual politician; he
threw his shoe at a symbol of U.S. imperialism. The demonstrations
inspired by al-Zaidi were directed at the occupation as a whole.
Demonstrators carried placards that read "Go Out USA" and burned
American flags. The mass reaction once again laid bare the reality of
Bush’s "liberated Iraq," which Washington and the Pentagon insist on
covering up with a badly tattered veil.
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