Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Fool and His Money

Middle East: Saudi offers $10 mln for shoe thrown at Bush

Dubai, 16 Dec. (AKI) - Wealthy Saudi Hasan Muhammad Makhafa has offered 10 million dollars for one of the shoes thrown by an Iraqi TV journalist at outgoing US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad on Sunday. Many in the Arab world have hailed the journalist, Montazer al-Zaidi, as a hero and rallies took place in Iraq on Monday calling for his release from custody.

Makhafa told Dubai-based Arabic satellite TV station Al-Arabiya that al-Zaidi's shoes were "a symbol of freedom not just footwear."

"They represent a victory for those who have disgraced the Arabs by occupying their lands and killing innocent people," he said.

I really have two problems with this. One, Al-Zaidi, the guy who threw the shoe, is a showboating coward. He used his press credentials to gain access to the interview knowing that he won't get into much trouble. If he really wanted to make a statement, he should have thrown a shoe at Saddam Hussein and martyred himself. Also, what's the point of insulting Bush? Is that going to make any difference anywhere?

Two, the guy offering $10M for the shoe, is a showboating ass-clown. The Iraqi police is not going to sell him the shoe so he can "offer" any amount of money he wants without having to make good. Also, what kind of "elementary school teacher" has $10M to toss around like that? Isn't there a better use for the money if he's just going to piss it away like that?

Why is this even news?

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