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Why I Threw the Shoe

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  1. X-PASTER

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    Why I Threw the Shoe

    I am no hero. I just acted as an Iraqi who witnessed the pain and bloodshed of too many innocents

    By Muntazer al-Zaidi

    "The Guardian"

    I am free. But my country is still a prisoner of war. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act. But, simply, I answer: what compelled me to act is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

    Over recent years, more than a million martyrs have fallen by the bullets of the occupation and Iraq is now filled with more than five million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. Many millions are homeless inside and outside the country.

    We used to be a nation in which the Arab would share with the Turkman and the Kurd and the Assyrian and the Sabean and the Yazid his daily bread. And the Shia would pray with the Sunni in one line. And the Muslim would celebrate with the Christian the birthday of Christ. This despite the fact that we shared hunger under sanctions for more than a decade.

    Our patience and our solidarity did not make us forget the oppression. But the invasion divided brother from brother, neighbour from neighbour. It turned our homes into funeral tents.

    I am not a hero. But I have a point of view. I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated; and to see my Baghdad burned, my people killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, pushing me towards the path of confrontation. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Falluja, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. I travelled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and heard with my own ears the screams of the orphans and the bereaved. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.

    As soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies, while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the blood that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.

    The opportunity came, and I took it.

    I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.

    I say to those who reproach me: do you know how many broken homes that shoe which I threw had entered? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

    When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, George Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people. My rejection of his plundering the wealth of my country, and destroying its infrastructure. And casting out its sons into a diaspora.

    If I have wronged journalism without intention, because of the professional embarrassment I caused the establishment, I apologise. All that I meant to do was express with a living conscience the feelings of a citizen who sees his homeland desecrated every day. The professionalism mourned by some under the auspices of the occupation should not have a voice louder than the voice of patriotism. And if patriotism needs to speak out, then professionalism should be allied with it.

    I didn't do this so my name would enter history or for material gains.
    All I wanted was to defend my country.




    © 2009 Guardian News and Media Limited
     
  2. Abdulhalim

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    Defending your country by throwing a shoe? give me a break..there should be something wrong in the head of this Iraqi.
     
  3. X-PASTER

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    I thinx something wrong n ur head!
     
  4. Abdulhalim

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    Mazee naona wewe unatamani kichizi ungezaliwa mwarabu..he he..Unaonesha kila dalili za kupoteza rational thinking kwa kuwa brainwashed na Ujahidina na Uarabu.
     
  5. Shapu

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    All in all, Jamaa kweli ameexpress very STRONG feelings. Nakubaliana naye 100% juu ya American walichokifanya IRAQ. Wameiharibu ile nchi. Kinachoumiza na kumuumiza kila Muiraq ni jinsi hawa jamaa walikuwa on economic sactions for so long na walikuwa wamoja (in a way) lakini since USA invention uadui umejengeka baina yao na sasa ni vurugu kila upande.

    Nimeipenda hii
    Generlly Bush was a failure in Iraq.
     
  6. X-PASTER

    X-PASTER Moderator

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    Kwa kuwa una inferiority complex na wazungu basi unaona kila mtu anatamani kuukana uasili wake.

    Na sijui nani kakwambia kuwa Wairan ni Waarabu... Umande!?
     
  7. Abdulhalim

    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Ni wapi nimeongelea habari za wazungu?

    Kwa hiyo wewe ni muirani?

    :D
     
  8. Lambardi

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    Lakini mimi namsifu na kumpongeza sana angalau ameonyesha hata ushujaa kurusha viatu...sisi wa tz ndio tusiseme kabisa hatuna hata uthubutu kusema u hadharani..ni unafiki umetujaaa...nchi yetu inaburuzwa inafilisiwa na kuibiwa mchana kweupe...hatuwezi hata kukemea....unafiki tu umetujaa tumefanya nini cha kukemea???kama si unafiki na kuzungukana kuonekana wa maana kwa watawala na kuwa vibaraka...angalia mikataba mibovu ambayo haiwezi kuvumilika popote pale duniani zaidi ya tz....namuona ni hero maana amewakilisha uchungu wake na feeling zake....sisi je wa tz?
     
  9. Buchanan

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    Kama wa-Iraq ni wamoja, huo umoja ungeonekana hata wakati wa matatizo kama watz walivyokuwa wamoja wakati wanapambana na Jambazi Al Hajj Idi Amin Dada. Sadam Hussein utawala wake ulikuwa unatisha, hauna tofauti na ule wa Ahmedinejad ambapo sasa hivi kuna 'religious cleansing in favour of Muslims' inaendelea. Dissidents wote wa Sadam walichinjwa vibaya. In fact aliwachinja hata wakwe zake wawili ambao alijifanya kuwasamehe na kuwataka warudi Iraq. Kwa hiyo utawala wa Sadam wa hofu uliwalazimisha kuonekana kitu kimoja. Wakurdi ilibidi walindwe na Wamarekani kwa kuweka 'no fly zone' ili kuwalinda na Sadam, otherwise angewamaliza! Bush amewafanya Wa-Iraq waonyeshe true colour yao ambayo waliificha muda mrefu, ndio maana wanachinjana wenyewe kwa wenyewe!
     
  10. Lekanjobe Kubinika

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    Thanks for being open. Kuna njia nyingi za mtu kujieleza juu ya matatizo yake na conflict zilizoko ndani yake kwa kuwaambia watesi wake au wale anaodhani kwa kufanya hivyo atapunguza makali ya mzigo alio nao moyoni. Mojawapo ni kulia na kutoa machozi kwelikweli, nyingine ni kusema kwa mtu wa karibu nawe, nyingine ni kufyatua maneno japo wengine watakuona u hovyo. Jamaa yetu alichagua kumpelekea Bushi ujumbe kwa kumrushia kiatu usoni. Ina maana kubwa katika ulimwengu wa kiarabu.

    Bora amesema mwenyewe. Marekani wengine hufanya fyatu ili makamera yammlenge na awe maarufu duniani angalau kwa muda mfupi kupitia television. Huyu bwana alikuwa na uchungu mno anasema. Unaweza kumlazimisha punda kubeba mzigo wako, lakini huwezi kumlazimisha kwenda mbele kama hataki, au kumlazimisha anywe maji unayotaka wewe.

    Leka
     
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    That man was right to throw shoes ask even Obama or kevin Ruud or Bank Moon or Nelson Madiba that there were no need of Iraq war.
     
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    Hoja yake ni nzuri na inajenga uzalendo ndani ya ardhi husika. Ila mnaojadili hoja hii baadhi yenu mna mapungufu, mfano;Defending your country by throwing a shoe? give me a break..there should be something wrong in the head of this Iraqi.Inaonekana huyu hajaelewa hoja tatizo ni integration and cogitation of issues.
    Mazee naona wewe unatamani kichizi ungezaliwa mwarabu..he he..Unaonesha kila dalili za kupoteza rational thinking kwa kuwa brainwashed na Ujahidina na Uarabu. Hili ni tatizo la malezi ya kikanisa/kilokole(kuimba kichekechea) ameshindwa ku-harmonise issues.Tusiwe na elimu za Kukalili bali tuwe na za kupembua maswala jadidi.
     
  13. X-PASTER

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    Angekuwa myahudi angesifiwa kwa kuonyesha ushujaa na kuhatarisha maisha yake.
     
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