After showing Bush what the Iraqi people really think about him during the shoe-throwing incident that happened recently, Muntazer al-Zaidi (who looks disturbingly like Clifton — I think it’s the near-unibrow that does it personally) has stated that he is sorry for having misused his shoes as projectiles. Oops, sorry, that’s what I would have apologized for — evidently Zaidi apologized for throwing them specifically at Bush.
There’s some contention as to whether the injuries he sustained were only sustained during his being subdued at the press conference or while in custody afterward, but either way, it seems suspicious that someone driven to this kind of protest of Bush would suddenly have a change of heart and express his regret unless he was facing something other than inhumane and unjust punishment for what he did.
I am of the opinion that the punishment should fit the crime, personally. While it isn’t a mark of a civilized man to throw something at heads of state, it certainly isn’t an act that merits beatings. And I say this despite knowing personally the misguided fool who threw a pie at Jean Chretien, yet can’t find it in himself or his alleged “PEI Pie Brigade” to throw one at Harper.
Here’s Countdown’s mashup of the interweb tubes’ take on this one.
If you’re wondering whether the training-up of the new IT guy means I’ll have more time to blog again, well, the answer is yes. Expect a LOT more of me over the next two weeks as well, as I have some vacation booked. Time to reconnect with my peeps! (Psst — that means you.)
Update: MORE SHOES!