September 11, 2009

Where Are They Now?

Iraqi shoe thrower set to be released
Muntadhar al-Zeidi, is to be released on Monday after nine months in prison.

He will be greeted by a nation where many feel his act of protest encapsulated their own bitterness over the war and US occupation.

Parties and music are planned at his family's home in Baghdad, where his brother was hanging posters of him on Thursday.

But the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who was deeply embarrassed by the outburst, will not be celebrating.


1 comment:

Bukko_in_Australia said...

I hope that he does not get killed. In Iraq, it seems that any notoriety, even if you're a sports star, is enough to get you kidnapped for your ransom value or simply murdered. Blackwater mercenaries, people of al-Zaidi's opposite religious sect, someone from al-Maliki's political faction who wants to avenge the embarrassment, common crims... The possibilities for mayhem are endless. And Aussies think the Tall Poppy Syndrome is bad. At least here, they don't LITERALLY cut poppies' heads off.

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