Back in December he took out his anger on President Bush by throwing his shoe at him during a trip to Iraq. A grave insult in Arab culture. Today that same journalist, Muntadar al-Zaidi, has been jailed for three years for assaulting a Head of State, despite being hailed a hero in the Arab world.
He told the court his actions were “natural, just like any Iraqi” against a leader whose forces had occupied his country.
Is this sentence a little extreme? This blogger thinks so
After all he missed and President Bush dismissed the incident. Or are we missing the point, is it just a matter of respect that Heads of State should not be attacked whilst visiting another country? Is it right that he has been made an example of? What if next time it’s not a shoe thrown but something that could endanger life?