My dad: *walks laughing into my room* You see the news today?
I’m, naturally, a bit confused – it’s been a long time, if ever, since seeing the news was associated with laughter.
S&S: About what, exactly?
Dad: George Bush was holding a news conference in Iraq –
S&S: – and someone pulled a Syrian and hurled a shoe at him?
Thanks to my daily dose of ATW, I already knew all about the shoe fiasco.
CNN, with it’s knack for stating the obvious, ‘clarified’ the intentions behind Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s shoe throwing. In case you can’t work it out:
Hurling shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult among Muslims.
Because if I were to chuck my shoes at someone in Canada, it wouldn’t be insulting. It’d be the norm. Having a shoe hurled at your head is only insulting to Muslims.
Credit has to be given to Bush though, a) for his mad reflexes and b) for, shockingly enough, responding cooly and appropriately
“Let me talk about the guy throwing his shoe. It’s one way to gain attention…. that’s what happens in free societies where people try to draw attention to themselves.”
Free societies, eh?
And credit has to be given to Muntadhar al-Zaidi. Were it me, the shoe would have either hit the person in front of me or, on the off chance that there was enough force behind the throw to make it to the front of the room, Nuri al-Maliki. Seriously though, I hate to try and imagine the absolute desperation and anguish that leads someone to chuck their shoes at a president. Poor guy =(
I do have a question though: are the captions correct? I can barely understand Iraqi Arabic when it’s being spoken to my face – hearing it second hand off a video with sounds of screaming/yelling/scuffles and coming from a man who’s incoherent (or it is me?) doesn’t really help. But (supposedly?) he’s yelling: “This is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq.”