How the Guardian helps cooking a compo story:

Baghdad Clogger’ suffered brutal beating after arrest

The Guardian

Muntazer al-Zaidi has not been seen in public since he hurled his shoes at President George Bush. In Baghdad, Afif Sarhan talks to witnesses who claim that a series of savage attacks left him with a broken rib and serious damage to his eye…

* So Afif Sarhan, a  self-appointed drama queen, coconsirator and Muslim, is drumming up support for his Muslim brother in distress. If your Guardian reading heart doesn’t bleed by now, when will it?

* Luckyly for WoJ readers, we have other news-sources also, so now the story goes like this:

Iraqi Shoe Thrower Suing for Damages

BAGHDAD — Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi man who threw his shoes at US President George W. Bush, is to sue security guards who he alleges beat him up after the incident, his lawyer said on Sunday.

“Muntazer has filed a complaint today (Sunday) against those who assaulted him,” lawyer Dhiya al-Saadi told AFP, saying those responsible worked for the security forces of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s media office.

“There are bruises on his body. He has lost a tooth in his upper jaw, and his left eye is bloodshot,” the lawyer said, adding that the list of injuries is backed up by medical checks.


The real problem, however, lies somewhere else. Interested in the ‘root-causes?’

Bush shoe-thrower “incensed by bullet-riddled Koran”

Walid Phares Exclusive: Who Was Behind the Jihad by the Shoe – and Why?

Avenging the book with his shoes

“He talked incessantly about the subject.” He must have been a charming dinner companion.

“Bush attacker ‘incensed by bullet-riddled Koran,’” by Marie Colvin and Ali Rifat for the Times, December 21 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):via JW

THE young Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W Bush had been incensed by a story he covered about an American soldier who used a copy of the Koran for target practice, according to his family.

Muntathar al-Zaydi, 28, who became an overnight hero in the Arab world, worked as a reporter for the popular al-Baghdadiya satellite TV station.

In May he was sent to report on an incident in Radwaniyah, west of Baghdad, in which Islam’s holy book was found riddled with bullets from an American sniper.

“He talked incessantly about the subject,” recalled his elder brother Uday. It was one of a number of assignments that appear to have radicalised Zaydi during his brief journalistic career. […]




6 thoughts on “How the Guardian helps cooking a compo story:”

  1. What a pity for him he committed his CRIME in Iraq if he had done it in UK or the USA the Moonbats would have given him and his family a free home by now with unlimited Social Security payments and a new identity and 24/7 Police Security Guards for life . It’s his Yuman Rite after all.

  2. I’ve seen so many different stories about the “beating” that this guy took… ranging from two arms broken, ribs broken to internal injuries, etc.; it seems that the story keeps changing and evolving. It’s very plausible that this guy was hurt while being taken down and/or he could have received a beating.

    Do we really need to feel sorry for a guy who ASSAULTED the visiting President of another country? I don’t think so. He had every right to ask a pointed question or any other manner of protest but gave up his rights when he chose to physically attack. In reality, it showed what he and those like him are really about – violence.

    I can absolutely see why he would take issue with President Bush but used the new-found freedom in the inapropriate way. Had that been Saddam dodging shoes, every member of the reporters family would have been rounded up tortured and killed before he was likewise dispatched of. Will they look at the US reation as a positive or will they look at it as weakness? That will say much about them as well.

  3. Like the western media, al-Zaidi is a Saddam sympathiser – as well as a lying journalist – so they have a strong sense of brotherhood and mutual respect (AKA brown noses).

  4. shoot the idiot – the fw cant even throw properly – on a more serious note – it appears that many european governments will allow the scum that populate guantanamo prison to move into their countries as a concession to obama. Any politician from europe that allows a muslim terrorist onto european, american, australian or asian soil should be tried for treason.

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