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Bush Shoe-Thrower Seeks Swiss Asylum

From his fans at the Agence France-Pressee:

Bush shoe-thrower seeks asylum in Switzerland: lawyer

01/19/2009

GENEVA – An Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at US President George W. Bush in Baghdad last month is to seek political asylum in Switzerland, a Geneva lawyer told the daily La Tribune de Geneve on Monday.

Muntazer al-Zaidi gained instant international fame when he threw his shoes at Bush during the US president’s farewell visit to Iraq on December 14, an action considered a grave insult in the Arab world.

"At the beginning of the month his family contacted me via the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and I shall write this week to the federal department (ministry) of foreign affairs to encourage Switzerland to grant him political asylum," lawyer Mauro Poggia told the paper.

Switzerland could give him asylum "without taking a position for or against the American intervention in Iraq," he said.

Zaidi, a 29-year-old journalist for the Al-Baghdadia television channel, had been due to appear before Iraq’s Central Criminal Court on December 31 on charges of "aggression against a foreign head of state during an official visit" and he faced up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

But the court decided to postpone the trial pending an appeal to a higher tribunal.

Even if many Iraqis supported his action, Zaidi was "at the mercy of all manner of extremists," the lawyer said, adding: "He can no longer work as a journalist without suffering terrible pressure… his life can become hell in his country."

Once settled in Geneva, the bachelor without children could "very well work as a journalist at the United Nations" which has its European headquarters here, Poggia said.

After throwing his shoes at Bush, Zaidi also insulted the American president, shouting: "It is the farewell kiss, you dog."

Zaidi missed Bush, who ducked the throws, but Iraqi and US security officials grappled with him and hustled him off while the US president tried to joke his way out of the incident.

The journalist’s action was hailed across the Arab world as an ideal parting gift to a president widely unpopular in the region.

Apparently President Bush is so revered in Iraq that this “journalist” is no longer safe living there. (Someone had better tell our watchdog media.)

Obviously, Mr. Zaidi is trying to use his heroic action as a one way ticket out of his beloved Iraq – and the entire Middle East.

Just what you would expect from such a courageous patriot.

But of course he really would fit right in at the United Nations.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Bush Shoe-Thrower Seeks Swiss Asylum”

  1. Media_man

    Forget Switzerland, send him to Pakistan for asylum. But only after he’s served 10 years in prison doing hard labor, which is a better break than he’d get if he pulled this stunt on Saddam. In which case he’d have been lowered feet first into the industrial shredder.

  2. Choices have consequences. He made his. Now he’s getting his. D’uh.

    Do these people have any brains at all?

  3. Confucius

    You know where else fits the bill? New York City, San Francisco and Denver.

  4. The Redneck

    Typical liberal. Slander, libel, of physically attack someone, and then whine about your right to free speech.

  5. yellarcan

    I’m with media-man on this. If this doorknob did this even if it weren’t a Saddam there would be no trace of this fool as it should be. I guess the U.S. troops being there have made a difference. I’ve seen two article on this bum since it happened and he hasn’t been hanged or stood in front of a firing squad. Thanks to President Bush “oh, the times they are a changing”
    Thank you President Bush for proving those dems wrong as three eyebrows!


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