(11:00PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)
My roomie was crowing about the Iraq shoe thrower.
“I don’t wanna hear it” I said.
“Because he’s lying in a prison cell being beaten to death for insulting King Bush, and it makes me sick, and it makes me sad, and I don’t want to think about it right now.”
But, eh, I have work to do, which means I need distraction, which means I ended up checking out the latimes piece on him. ( http://www.latimes.com/news/na… )
“This is a gift from the Iraqis. This is the farewell kiss, you dog,” he is reported to have said.
And, with the other shoe, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq,”
It probably costs this man his life, to have done this. What does it mean, in our little pot of outrage and anger and paranoid bullshit conspiracy theories, to yell at power, to go down in a heap and die in your own piss and blood for nothing more than that yell?
His name – the only name I have found so far – was Zadi.
We’ve killed maybe a million human beings. Our new president isn’t going to stop this, he’s just going to politely wind it down so we can do more of the same in a nearby country. Because it is business, because Americans are out of work, because it is how things are. As I grew up the holocaust was described as the defining moral event of our era: six million in the ovens. I cannot quite imagine the distance between one and six million.
But I can imagine complicity. I have thrown no shoes. And I am ashamed.
[addenda: since NPK saw fit to promote this in the front page rotation, a quick note. This was written shortly after the news came out. Obviously he’s not dead, though his brother says he’s been effectively tortured, with a broken arm, possibly a broken hand, internal bleeding. Bush has said it is “up to Iraq” how he will be punished. And it has captured the world’s attention in a stunning way, and served as a catalyst to a lot of people’s feelings about the American empire and the strutting popinjay about to leave the stage (no comment yet on the staid, hopeful guy, who unfortunately will be running…the same empire). Anyway, if you’re one of five people in the world who hasn’t googled “shoe thrower” yet, you can find all the above, and lots more, in the feed…
I still think the salient and interesting thing about this is that it was essentially an act of civil disobedience, of resistance, someone standing up and taking it on the chin, setting their life on fire, rather than obeying propriety, conforming to expectation, and allowing a stone cold monster — one who expressed the wishes and desires of a great many Americans — to take a bow. ]