Iraqis Erect Statue to Shoe Thrown at Bush


Considering all the bluster from the former administration about its success in Iraq, one might expect the Iraqis to unveil a statue of the American leader who "liberated" them.

Instead, a bronze statue of a shoe has been unveiled in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit in honor of Muntazer al-Zaidi, the journalist currently imprisoned for throwing his footwear at George W. Bush. An inscription reads: "Muntazer: fasting until the sword breaks its fast with blood; silent until our mouths speak the truth."

The shoe is filled with a plastic shrub.

Said Fatin Abdul Qader, head of the orphanage and children's organisation in the town outside which the shoe monument has been placed: "This statue is the least expression of our appreciation for Muntazer al-Zaidi, because Iraqi hearts were comforted by his throw."

Al-Zaidi's trial has been delayed and his lawyer has been attempting to have the charges reduced.

UPDATE: Shoe statue taken down after request from central government. Said Abdullah Jabara, Salaheddin deputy governor: "We will not allow anyone to use the government facilities and buildings for political motives."

Watch raw AP video of the copper and fiberglass shoe, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted January 30, 2009 at 8:22am ETC by Andy Towle
in George W. Bush, Iraq, News