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Code Pink Celebrates Bush Shoe Thrower

There have been numerous glowing articles about the latest courageous doings of Code Pink.

(The Associated Press even called them “a national peace group.” Which is quite a stretch for a group of a dozen professional protesters who work out of Venice, CA, Berkeley, and a rented apartment in DC.)

This is from Al Arabiya News:

US protests sympathize with Bush shoe-thrower

WASHINGTON (Courtney C. Radsch)

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

"War criminal!" shouted a man as he hurled a black loafer in front of the White House. "I’ve been waiting eight years to do this," proclaimed a woman as she threw her shoe at an effigy of President George W. Bush.

These were just a few of the insults hurled by peace activists gathered outside the president’s home on Wednesday in solidarity with the Iraqi journalist who has been imprisoned for throwing his shoes at the U.S. president during a Baghdad press conference Sunday.

"For a reporter to have the courage to take off his shoes while Maliki and Bush are talking about the success in Iraq is a tremendously courageous act," Medea Benjamin, a member of the anti-war group CODEPINK, which organized the demonstration, told AlArabiya.net.

Dressed in black-and-white prison stripes with an over-sized paper–mâché head in Bush’s likeliness, Tighe Barry, 50, was hit with a barrage of shoes by activists and onlookers who gathered in front of the White House in solidarity with Zaidi.

"I’m doing it as fun, a gag," he told AlArabiya.net. "If I had to be the real Bush it would be like dying and going to hell. He’s got no soul."

Rows of shoes tagged with the names and ages of dead Iraqis and U.S. soldiers lined the pavement in front of the White House as a memorial to those killed in what organizers called the "illegal invasion of Iraq."

Throwing shoes, a deeply insulting gesture in Arab culture, has become a symbol not only for Arabs but also for Americans who oppose the war and the Bush administration.

"I am thrilled that man (Zaidi) had the courage to stand up to him," David Swanson, Washington director of the activist group the Aggressive Progressives, told AlArabiya.net.

Zaidi suffered a broken arm and ribs and faces seven to 15 years in prison for "aggression against a president."

Waging peace

CODEPINK, an activist group devoted to "waging peace," called on the Iraqi government to release Zaidi without charges and set up a fund to support him and his family.

"It’s outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis and 4,200 U.S. troops, and 5 million displaced Iraqis," said Benjamin. "The one who should be in jail is George Bush, and he should be charged with war crimes."

Luke, 43, from Rockville, Maryland threw a shoe at the symbolic Bush because he said he opposes oppression and supports the resistance in Iraq.

"People in Iraq are simply defending their country," he told AlArabiya.net.

Police encircled the protest site though they did not interfere. One officer with the Park Service told AlArabiya.net that if activists were to throw shoes at the White House they would likely face arrest, although he would not say what law they would be breaking.

Protesters seemed to be content to throw shoes at the effigy, braving the cold weather to make a statement with their shoes against an incredibly unpopular president who has only a few weeks left in office.

Benjamin vowed to continue the shoe memorials, which have been set up across American over the past two years, as a reminder to the new president, Barak Obama, to keep his promise to withdraw troops.

Lest we forget, the Code Pink founder (and primary sugar mommy, apart from Hugo Chavez) Jodie Evans was one of Barack Obama’s top bundlers.

Meanwhile, Code Pink also did a similar performance at the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley. Just to show how much they support the troops.

By the way, note the slight logical contradiction:

Rows of shoes tagged with the names and ages of dead Iraqis and U.S. soldiers lined the pavement in front of the White House as a memorial to those killed in what organizers called the "illegal invasion of Iraq."

Throwing shoes, a deeply insulting gesture in Arab culture, has become a symbol not only for Arabs but also for Americans who oppose the war and the Bush administration.

If shoes are insulting, what kind of memorial do they make to all those dead Iraqis terrorists?

But nobody ever accused Code Pink of being any too bright.

After all, these same harridans were arrested in the Moslem paradise of Pakistan for protesting.

Still, they have figured out a new source of income. They are going into business with Iran.

(Not that they haven’t been in business with them for some time already.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Code Pink Celebrates Bush Shoe Thrower”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Too bad its against our laws to strap a pair of these B:ooB:s on a J-DAM missle and wing these dopes onto a target in Iran.
    All I can say is ,”What a waste of toilet paper.”

  2. jimwilson says:

    Just effing incredible…

    The religion of peace strikes again..

    Oh, here is a great story that is just breaking in South Florida (home to practically ALL the Spet. 11 terrorists AND the shoe bomber — he was flying to Miami)

    Iranian woman convicted of trying to obtain night-vision goggles
    FORT LAUDERDALE – After representing herself at trial, an Iranian woman was convicted Thursday of trying to export U.S.-made night-vision goggles to Iran.

    Sharhazad Mir Gholikhan, 31, vowed to continue her fight and appeal the verdict returned by the Broward County federal jury after more than 12 hours of deliberation: guilty on three counts of export violations and not guilty on three related conspiracy charges.

    Federal prosecutors accused Gholikhan and her former husband, Mahmoud Seif, of trying to export thousands of pairs of the military-grade goggles in violation of U.S. export controls.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-goggles1218,0,4467477.story

    SIMPLE INCREDIBLE.

    Remind me again why any WOMAN would go out of their way to assist a Muslim-lead dictatorship?

    Wait, it would be because causes like Code Pink never remind of just how bad women have it those worlds… they are too busy camping out and planning shoe parties!!

  3. Barbie says:

    These complete morons are going to lose what little they have of their minds once GW leaves office.

  4. gipper says:

    “It’s outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis and 4,200 U.S. troops, and 5 million displaced Iraqis,” said Benjamin.

    Scrawled the Code Pink protester, “A BOOT TO YOU MARINES FOR THE ORPHANS AND WIDOWS OF 1.5 MILLION DEAD.”

    Which is it, Code Pink? Do you hate the “babykillers” in Iraq, or do you mourn for the loss of American military lives? You can’t have it both ways.

    As for the gentleman with the “Iraq Veterans Against the War” sweatshirt, I doubt he is even an OIF veteran. If he is, he must have washed out because he couldn’t cut the mustard of the increased OPTEMPO of Iraq. In other words, he’s a weenie.


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