Muntadar al-Zaidi Was Beaten in Custody

Iraqi authorities told the Iraqi journalists’ union that al-Zaidi was being “treated well,” but his brother says otherwise:

The brother of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has said that the reporter has been beaten in custody.

Muntadar al-Zaidi has suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC.

Mr Zaidi threw his shoes at Mr Bush at a news conference, calling him “a dog”.

The head of Iraq’s journalists’ union told the BBC that officials told him Mr Zaidi was being treated well.

I am heading out for a 9 a.m. appointment, but I will have more on this later.

6 Responses to “Muntadar al-Zaidi Was Beaten in Custody”

  1. Retired LE says:

    He is lucky to be alive. Had he thrown his shoes during Saddam’s reign, he would have been dead within the hour.

  2. sempdog says:

    Has the NFL seen this guy throw? He has a good arm. Maybe better than a few QB’s I’ve seen this season. If Bush would have been a wide receiver, it would have been six.

  3. tas says:

    Ahhh yes, Retired LE. I presume that going for outright murder to beatings and torture is such an improvement that it’s a call for celebration! Hey, while we’re celebrating do you mind if I punch you in the fucking face? You seem to be all for it, since, you know, beatings are cool and all, but I just want to doublecheck…

  4. John says:

    “He is lucky to be alive. Had he thrown his shoes during Saddam’s reign, he would have been dead within the hour.”

    What a perfect example of the twisted, sick, defective thinking those that still support our idiot of a president must go to just to justify his crimes and failures. Only a complete and total fool could support this dog. You sir, are a bigger threat to America than any terrorist ever could be. You rot this country from the inside. Today’s Republican party has become a cancer to freedom and democracy throughout the world.

  5. Steve Skeete says:

    I have a question.

    Since it seems that as many people in the U.S.A hate President Bush as much as people in Iraq, how come no one in the U.S.A ever threw anything at the President? I mean, there must have been plenty of opportunities for persons in the U.S.A to stone the most hated president of all times!

    Maybe Iraqi journalists are made of sterner stuff. After all, all American journalist do is write, broadcast, and make derogatory films about the president. But these Iraqi journalists have real Cajones.

    Or maybe, inspite of all the talk and support for the shoe thrower, there is still some civility (left over from a fast disappearing age) in the folks from the good ole U.S of A. If so, then more power to the land of the free to express one’s self without violence.

    And here is another question.

    How come the family of the shoe thrower described him as a man of peace? Don’t get me wrong, I believe them. First he gave the president a piece of his mind, and while he was at it almost gave him two pieces of his size tens. What a peaceful fellow!

    I heard he apologised to the Prime Minister of Iraq. Can you imagine, throwing stuff at a foreign president who is standing right next to your own president? I mean, the gall of this guy! What if one of the shoes had struck the Iraqi president? Had I done what he did, (insulted two presidents at the same time), my mother would have brought her own size tens to the press conference and whupped my behind something fierce.

    Another question.

    Where is his mom anyway? Is she proud to have a son who not only swears and throws stuff at foreign presidents, insults and almost strikes his own president, then overnights in the slammer? If she is, someone ought to locate those size tens and whupp her something fierce.

    And when they get through with her, they ought to take the size tens to all those who believe one has the right to vent one’s rage publicly against people one’s does not like, simple because one does not like them. If that message catches on, that one can now MUNTADAR people one dislikes, there are going to be a whole lot of Nikes ,Reeboks, and Air Jordans flying around.

    Can you imagine being hit by a Shaquille O’neal size shoe? The very thought of it is an insult.

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