Flower to the Occupier: “I Saw the Chance and I Seized It”

by
Abby Zimet

 

Still defiant despite beatings, whippings
and electric shocks after his arrest, Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi was freed
today to a hero's welcome after serving nine months in jail for throwing his shoes at "the
criminal murderer" Bush at a press conference. He said he had "vowed to
the victims" of the U.S. invasion that he would act for them.

"If those who blamed me
knew how many destroyed houses I walked over with those shoes that I
threw, and how many times those shoes mixed with the blood of the
innocent, and how many times those shoes went into homes where the
honor of those who lived there was disgraced, then it was the
proper response."

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