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December 15, 2008

Golden boot award?

Filed under: opinion article — newritings @ 9:16 pm

Will Adidas, Nike, Puma and others or even FIFA give this journalist an award? Usually the golden boot award is given “for excellence in the world cup of football.” But why not this journalist who used the humble shoe to speak for those who are trampled upon?

Iraqi television journalist Muntader al-Zaidi, 29, the correspondent for an independent Iraqi television station who threw his black shoes at Bush at a farewell gathering on Sunday 14 December 2008, remains in Iraqi custody. The government apparently is not happy but many in the Arab street are proud of his action/s, and in some part of Iraq thousands have marched demanding his release. Throwing a shoe at someone is regarded as very insulting in these  communities as do the word “dog” which the journalist used against Bush: “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!”. A number of Iraqis believe that it is not the way to treat a guest… even if he uninvitedly bombed the country into the past. The only question is can FIFA please come to the party? Give this man the golden boot award.

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