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The Story of My Shoe by Muntadhar al-Zaidi ( Iraqi Shoe thrower)

In the name of God, the most gracious and most merciful.

Here I am, free. But my country is still a prisoner of war.

Firstly, I give my thanks and my regards to everyone who stood beside me, whether inside my country, in the Islamic world, in the free world. 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 confront is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

And how it wanted to crush the skulls of (the homeland’s) sons under its boots, whether sheikhs, women, children or men. And during the past few years, more than a million martyrs fell by the bullets of the occupation and the country is now filled with more than 5 million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. And many millions of homeless because of displacement inside and outside the country.

please read the full story...

http://original.antiwar.com/muntadhar-al-zaidi/2009/09/16/th...

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I wish I had a way to get this message to Mr. al-Zaidi

As an American citizen who wants peace an freedom for my own country as well as for others, I have just this to say:

You are my hero!

Mine too! I hope he stays safe!

I put this down below but it is worth repeating..because in our pervading arrogance of "American Exceptionlism" we never hear about the horrors put in these terms....

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Here is a 9/11 truth I would like to see discussed more...think about it...
Iraq~ A country that had NOTHING to do with 9/11...and this is what we have done to them...WE are the terrorists!!!
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For ease of computation, we'll use approximate figures. Assume the U.S.'s war crimes have resulted in one million deaths. That is roughly 1/26 of the total Iraqi population. An equivalent number of American deaths would be 11.5 million people. 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9/11. In terms of casualties, 11.5 million deaths represent 3,800 9/11s -- or a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Let me repeat that: a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Perhaps you think these casualty figures are highly inflated. Fine. Cut them in half. That's a 9/11 every day for a little over five years.

Every day.
~ Arthur Silber

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"I truly wish that real life would no longer surpass the worst excesses of my nightmarish imaginings... Arthur Silber **

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

He had a really good aim.

I'd like to see a picture of this guy. But that probably would not be good for him.

Good aim but not good enough...

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

Like your video SirFelix

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

Weapons of mass destruction

Finally we know where they are.
The were imported, by George, and everyone who voted to go to war with Sadama bin Laden..I mean Osama Hussein..Er...That generic middle eastern guy that we are all supposed to hate now.

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGyhlNY0y1k

Wish he'd thrown something a bit more deadly . . .

We are now talking about doing this to Iran. I followed the post election "news" in Iran. The people have already gone through hell because of our CIA meddling in the elections. Now they want to destroy the country too. How awful. Where is Cheney's hit squad when there is a real need for them? All they need to do is take out the key players and replace them like they do everywhere else.

Blessings )o(

Blessings )o(

This is just to powerful of

a message to let slip away. May somehow, someway we make people aware of what harm we are doing to others, our troops and ourselves in ignoring this great injustice.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Equivalent to a 9/11 every day...

Here is a 9/11 truth I would like to see discussed more...think about it...
Iraq~ A country that had NOTHING to do with 9/11...and this is what we have done to them...WE are the terrorists!!!
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For ease of computation, we'll use approximate figures. Assume the U.S.'s war crimes have resulted in one million deaths. That is roughly 1/26 of the total Iraqi population. An equivalent number of American deaths would be 11.5 million people. 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9/11. In terms of casualties, 11.5 million deaths represent 3,800 9/11s -- or a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Let me repeat that: a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Perhaps you think these casualty figures are highly inflated. Fine. Cut them in half. That's a 9/11 every day for a little over five years.

Every day.
~ Arthur Silber

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"I truly wish that real life would no longer surpass the worst excesses of my nightmarish imaginings... Arthur Silber **

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Ouch

I wish everyone in the country were forced to read that. I wish I understood the original so that I could have heard him speak. That's powerful stuff.

Who'd have thought all of this from a guy who throws a shoe?

Hopefully this opens a few eyes around the country.

Eric Hoffer

Wow, what a powerful

message, this will be our message in the coming years if people don't realize there is no difference between the two parties. Sending this out.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

He is a very brave man

I was glad to hear he left the country ASAP and I pray for his safety!

I am so disgusted and ashamed of what our country has done..it breaks my heart and weighs on me constantly. Now I see us doing the same in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and threatening Iran again...it's just too much to handle sometimes.

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"I truly wish that real life would no longer surpass the worst excesses of my nightmarish imaginings... Arthur Silber **

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Powerful stuff

This article makes me feel ashamed of myself. It's my sincerest hope that one day justice will be served.

Ashamed of yourself?

Why?

Because in some sense I've endured this being done in my name

Because I distinctly remember being convinced at the time the evidence had not been presented to justify a preemptive war with Iraq. Because I figured the government must have had some classified evidence which was utterly conclusive. Because people like Rummsfeld made point blank declarative statements like "we know where they [WMD] are." Because I figured or hoped these people's worst fears would be confirmed and my extreme skepticism would be disproved. Because I wanted my skepticism proven unjustified because then the implications of a false war sold under false pretenses were too painful to consider. Because I figured if the justifications which were offered at the time were later shown to be false there'd be hell to pay. Because the whole thing got incrementally worse and worse and nothing was done about the lies of the war mongers. Because as the whole thing dragged out and continues to drag on I feel powerless to help the situation. Because I don't see a path to mending the wounds which have been caused.

Iraqi Shoe Thrower Speaks

* This is really worth a read...Bump!

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"I truly wish that real life would no longer surpass the worst excesses of my nightmarish imaginings... Arthur Silber **

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Yes it is! Thank you Liberty Belle -- made me cry. lol

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

This is a good one

* pass it around to those that think "they hate us for our freedom"

* ( sorry to make you cry ... )

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"I truly wish that real life would no longer surpass the worst excesses of my nightmarish imaginings... Arthur Silber **

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

No, no. It's all good. Was just hearing about all the harm our

occupation has done to the Iraqi people that upsets me.

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!