Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Shoe Thrower - demythified:

Via Mick:

Michael Young at Lebanon's Daily Star:

There is little new to say about the Zaidi incident. Yes, we really do know that the shoe expresses contempt in the Arab world, and if we had doubts about that, then Zaidi clarified matters by calling President George W. Bush a "dog." We know that the Iraqi blamed Bush for all the woes that his country had suffered in recent years, and we also know that he would have never thrown his shoes at Saddam Hussein, who was responsible for Iraqi woes until April 2003. And we know that the Zaidi affair became a giant funnel of interpretation, which many outraged Arabs fell into to make the journalist's shoe-toss a personal statement of their own.

Not many Arabs saw irony in the fact that Zaidi's action is now a game circulating on the Internet. Hit Bush on the head and you can score points. But that detail summed up the sheer mediocrity of this Arab moment, with its earnest demonstrations in support of the journalist, when few Arabs ever bothered to demonstrate on behalf of the countless Iraqi journalists executed by their country's armed gangs. As Tunku Varadarajan wrote so appropriately in Forbes: "The Arabs, who once upon a time boasted Averroes and Avicenna, are now reduced to eulogizing a boorish act of agitprop as a heroic achievement."

Mick entitled his post: "The Pervasive Desire to See Bush Fail in Iraq".


At 2:42 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shoe incedent clarified many things to us as arabs about journalist in the middle east. The aftermath and coulminist reactions are more important than the shoe itself.

people with normal way of thinking should react.
I didnt order it, nor did I got hurt from it. But it was good.

while other journalist hurried to clean goerge bush shoe and image and blame things on "arab way of thinking"....simply slaves that dont know that george bush or america as a whole is a normal country not "Camelot". because they came and support the idea of liberation of iraq, they are tied to the american strategy of lies..... when america or bush gets exposed....they get exposed also.

these journalist couldnt diffrentiat between liberating iraq and invading iraq.
freedom of speech and lying. they were breastfeeded with these lies and they cant stand agianst it.

so they circulate in their cycle of freedm of speech, liberation, womenr rights....... they cant go out of this cycle. if they go out they fear from bieng called...."typical arab "

those who attack montathar are the people that believe in the mikavilian theory......

like montathar are the people that enter history with their courage..... while coulminist will see their coulmns in the garbage after a day or two.

mountathar will enter history..... and histoians will write alot about him...... not jewrnalists.

and yes I think the title"The Pervasive Desire to See Bush Fail in Iraq" very accurate and correct. Mick couldn't of chosen a better title.


At 2:55 PM EST, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

"mountathar will enter history..... and histoians will write alot about him...... not jewrnalists."

Let me guess: "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" and "Mein Kampf" are your favourite bedtime reading, right?

At 3:24 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back the Caliphate!


Iran's president to deliver Christmas message on British TV

LONDON (AFP) — Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will deliver an alternative Christmas message on British television to rival Queen Elizabeth II's annual address, broadcaster Channel Four said Wednesday.


At 4:51 PM EST, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

NWO: I would have thought Arabian's sentiments are just up your alley. Judging from similar comments you made here. You both share the same view of Jewish power. You need to get together to explore your commonalities a bit further.

At 4:51 PM EST, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Merry Christmas!

At 1:38 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

At 1:42 PM EST, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Ah yes, we had a wonderful Christmas dinner. We lit the candles (4), we sang the "Maoz Zur" and then we gathered around the table and ate the latkes (spinach and potatoes), sufganiot (which I prepared from a Panetone dough in which I forgot to add the butter, but they were still quite delicious) and a fruit salad. The grownups had some wine, too.

Today we will do what most Jews do on Christmas: we'll go to the movies.

At 9:20 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Movies after a nice dinner. Very nice.

Happy Hanukkah!

Is that the appropriate saying? Or is it a more solemn affair?

PS - I dont have a nefarious view of Jewish power....more like a realistic view of it. Recognizing where Jewish politics in the US doesnt jive with mine is not nefarious. Trying to understand those differences and how Jews fit into US politics is not nefarious either.

Besides, I pretty much high and positive on Jews and Israel. That doesnt mean I never disagree with them, or have different agendas and interests. Recognizing those different interests isnt nefarious either. Pretending they dont exist puts my agenda and interests at a disadvantage.

Anyways, Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men!

I wonder how Imanutjobs Christmas address, to the people of the British Isles, went. LOL! You cant make this shit up.


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